Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932-2008)
Film Studies For Free was very sad to hear news of the death of Miriam Makeba.
As part of her monumental singing career she appeared in person and on the soundtrack of many films (including: Soul Power (2008); Bobby (2006); Transamerica (2005); Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (2002); Sacred Sounds (2000); When We Were Kings (1996) Sarafina! (1992); Have You Seen Drum Recently? (1988); Amok (1982); and Come Back, Africa (1960), as discussed by Ntongela Masilela in a great 1991 article for Jump Cut).
She so often embodied the sound of global, cinematic South-Africanicity. And, thanks in part to all her film performances, she will sing on for us.
In memory of Makeba, some good (mainly South) African cinema web-links follow:
- Cinema of South Africa - Wikipedia
- Manthia Diawara, African Cinema: Politics & Culture (Google Books)
- Disarticulating Black Consciousness: a way of reading films about apartheid / Tomaselli, Keyan. In: Safundi: the Journal of South African and American Comparative Studies, no. 10 (April), 2003. See document
- African cinema: an interview with Mali's Souleymane Cissé / Cissé, Souleymane. In: Africa Update., vol. 9, no. 3 (Summer), 2002. See document
- Nigerian cinema revisited / Emeagwali, Gloria and Abiola, Mike. In: Africa Update, vol. 8, no. 4 (Fall), 2001. See document
- Interview with Nigerian actress Golda John on Nigerian film / Emeagwali, Gloria and John, Golda. In: Africa Update, vol 7, no. 2 (Spring), 2000. See document
- A confusion of cinematic consciousness: Southern Africa on film in the United States / Tomaselli, Keyan and Shepperson, Arnold. In: Safundi: the Journal of South African and American Comparative Studies, no. 3 (October), 2000. See document
- African cinema in the nineties / Cham, Mbye. In: African Studies Quarterly, vol. 2, no. 1,1998. See document
- Contemporary African film at the 13th Annual Carter Lectures on Africa: interviews with filmmaker Salem Mekuria and film critic Sheila Petty / Gearhart, Rebecca. In: African Studies Quarterly, vol. 2, no. 1, 1998. See document
- Framing post-Third-Worldist culture: gender and nation in Middle Eastern/North African film / Shohat, Ella. In: Jouvert, vol. 1, no. 1, 1996. See document
- How Francophone African cinema reflects social and political reality / Doiron, Jeanne. In: Africa Update, vol. 2, no. 3 (Summer), 1995. See document
- Two online journals with lots of comparative studies of African cinema:
- Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies
- Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies
- An article on 'African music' in cinema generally - The Film Score and the African Musical Experience: Some comments on a work in progress by Andrew L. Kaye
- And, finally, a brilliant discussion group and website: H-AfrLitCine [an H-Net Network discussing African Literature and Cinema]