It is entirely appropriate for the University of Missouri–St. Louis and the University of the Western Cape to collaborate in the original production of this musical celebrating the life of Miriam Makeba. In thirty years of partnership both universities have focused on understanding respective difficult racial past in the United States and South Africa, as well as the search for strategies for moving past these historical legacies. Miriam Makeba, the entertainer, delights us with her music while Miriam Makeba, the political activist, obliges us to think more progressively about the prospects and possibilities for social change.
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