Get your hands on unreleased music by Miriam Makeba

2017-03-05 10:01

Article was updated on 09-03-2017 

Johannesburg - 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.

Since publishing this report, Zenzi Makeba Lee, Miriam Makeba’s granddaughter, has responded with the following information:

  • Miriam Makeba in fact has three great-grandchildren, not two as stated. The third is the youngest born, Kwame Mkhize.
  • The ZM Makeba Trust in fact has four trustees and not two. The additional trustees are Mr Nelson Lumumba Lee and Zenzi Makeba Lee. Because of a dispute between trustees no dealings of the trust can be binding
  • Makeba Lee says that proceeds from the ZM Makeba Trust “have never benefited any named beneficiaries” 
    City Press apologises for not seeking her side of the story.
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