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Mama Africa (2011)

Documentary about Miriam Makeba.


Mika Kaurismäki


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Credited cast:
Miriam Makeba ... Herself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bageot Bah Bageot Bah ... Himself
Harry Belafonte ... Himself (archive footage)
Stokely Carmichael ... Himself (archive footage)
Kathleen Cleaver ... Herself (as Kathleen Neal Cleaver)
Leopoldo Fleming Leopoldo Fleming ... Himself
Lorraine Gordon Lorraine Gordon ... Herself
Angélique Kidjo ... Herself
Abigail Kubeka Abigail Kubeka ... Herself
Bongi Makeba Lee Bongi Makeba Lee ... Herself (archive footage)
Nelson Lumumba Lee Nelson Lumumba Lee ... Himself
Zenzile Monique Lee Zenzile Monique Lee ... Herself
Sipho Mabuse Sipho Mabuse ... Himself
Nelson Mandela ... Himself (archive footage)
Winnie Mandela ... Herself (archive footage)


Documentary about Miriam Makeba.

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English | French

Release Date:

2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Mama Africa - Miriam Makeba See more »

Filming Locations:

Guinea See more »


Box Office


€650,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,430, 15 February 2018
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Featured in Mika Kaurismäki, elokuvaohjaaja (2015) See more »


Pata Pata
Performed by Miriam Makeba
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This film really flows!
5 May 2011 | by bellumaSee all my reviews

It sometimes surprises me how people see films so differently. I read here another review of Mama Africa and disagree with what it says about the film. I also find the the subject matter very interesting, but I also find the film is very well made, the story was exceptionally well told and constructed. Besides being so informative, it is also very entertaining and emotional. My only concern during the film was, that I hoped it would not end. I saw the film at the Berlin Film Festival in February and my impression was that most people in the audience felt like me. I did hardly know anything about Miriam Makeba before seeing the film, but it made me her fan, what amazing woman she was.

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