Get your hands on un­re­leased mu­sic by Miriam Makeba

CityPress - - News - PHUMLANI S LANGA phumlani.sithebe@city­press.co.za

Afi­ciona­dos of bril­liant African mu­sic be warned. The leg­endary Miriam Makeba is be­ing hon­oured with the re­lease of a box set con­tain­ing some of her rarest works. Makeba’s birth­day is com­ing up and her life is be­ing cel­e­brated with a set that con­tains 34 CDs and six DVDs of qual­ity mu­sic. The sell­ing price of the col­lec­tion has not yet been an­nounced, but it will be avail­able for pur­chase within a week to 10 days. This col­lec­tion of Makeba’s mu­sic also serves to en­sure the pub­lic gets to hear some of the mu­sic that has been re­cov­ered af­ter some of these pieces were thought to be lost. There are only 35 of these rare boxes avail­able and they in­clude 32 hours of mu­sic that has never been re­leased be­fore. But don’t be too de­pressed about the limited re­lease, be­cause there are long-term plans to put these box sets in mu­se­ums, a wide range of schools, li­braries, non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. The pro­ceeds go to the ZM Makeba Trust for the ben­e­fit of Makeba’s named ben­e­fi­cia­ries, which in­clude her grand­chil­dren and two great grand­chil­dren. Makeba in­tended that her in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty be first and fore­most for the ben­e­fit of her fam­ily, and be­cause of this she put in place the trust for 75 years. The box set also fea­tures the artist’s sig­na­ture.

Miriam Makeba and the limited edi­tion box set

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