Mam’ Miriam’s infinite style.

– A shout out to Miriam Makeba and her evident love affair with the colour yellow!

I was cruising through the internet whilst looking for inspiration and came across a series of images of Miriam Makeba. I love her style firstly and secondly I am in awe of her contribution to globalizing South African music. Miriam Makeba’s music feels to me a lot like my grandma’s hugs; from Pata Pata to Welela, her albums got me moving and grooving during the festive season and holidays at family gatherings.

Musical icon and activist are two phrases one doesn’t necessarily put together and it’s so important to recognize how mama Miriam and other women of colour contributed to this country’s freedom and our freedom of expression. Fighting the good fight and making music that melts the heart, Miriam Makeba left behind a most beautiful legacy, one that I hope people will appreciate decades from now.

In praise of all things stylish I rounded up some of my favourite images from her archives which featured the colour yellow. I love the African accents on each album cover so much so that I think that we need to be doing more of this kind of thing as visual creators. A young throwback for the old souls.

CHICAGO - CIRCA 1960: South African singer Miriam Makeba Poses for a portrait session Circa 1960 in Chcago, Ilinois. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CHICAGO – CIRCA 1960: South African singer Miriam Makeba Poses for a portrait session Circa 1960 in Chcago, Ilinois. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Palesa

Creative Visual Expressionist.