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  • I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit.
    (Miriam Makeba)

  • Mama Africa.
    (Miriam Makeba)

  • And why is our music called world music? I think people are being polite. What they want to say is that it's third world music. Like they use to call us under developed countries, now it has changed to developing countries, it's much more polite.
    (Miriam Makeba)

  • Everybody now admits that apartheid was wrong, and all I did was tell the people who wanted to know where I come from how we lived in South Africa. I just told the world the truth. And if my truth then becomes political, I can't do anything about that.
    (Miriam Makeba)

  • For instance, we're always fighting amongst each other. Who gives us the arms? And then we become indebted to wherever we are buying them from - with what? The very resources we need to keep there.
    (Miriam Makeba)


  • I believe I can sing anything.
    (Miriam Makeba)

  • Which goes to show you, you can make all the laws you want, but you cannot change people's ways. If you must change them, you have to understand that it will take a long time.
    (Miriam Makeba)

  • Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being.
    (Miriam Makeba)

  • It's a really unfair world because life is, where I am; all day long we listen to American music. So I don't see why the radios in the U.S. cannot even put aside one hour a day just to play music that is not American.
    (Miriam Makeba)

  • It is very much the theme of our President, President Thabo Mbeki, whose passion is for Africa to work together, and for Africans to get up and do things for us. We are trying as women to do things for ourselves.
    (Miriam Makeba)

  • But if you are going to wear blinders then you do not know the world.
    (Miriam Makeba)


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