The Rhodesian-born black singer, Miriam Makeba, was expected to cut short her visit to Senegal on Friday (3 March) after a row with the Senegalese Government.
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Background: The Rhodesian-born black singer, Miriam Makeba, was expected to cut short her visit to Senegal on Friday (3 March) after a row with the Senegalese Government.
Miss Makeba was to be the star of a fortnight-long cultural festival in Senegal but the Government closed the festival after only one week.
The government alleges that Miss Makeba showed discourtesy towards Senegal while appearing on stage.
(Miss Makeba became world-famous with her recordings of the "Wimoweh" song and "Pata Pata". She's married to the former Black Panther leader, Stokely Carmichael and they live in Conakry, capital of Guinea.)
SYNOPSIS: There was a packed house in Dakar last week for a concert given by the Rhodesian-born black singer, Miriam Makeba. It was the beginning of what was to be a fortnight-long cultural festival, in which Miss Makeba was the star. It's the first time she'd appeared in Senegal--and she asked organisers of the festival to pay a token fee only for her services. However, her appearances were cut short when a major row developed with the Senegalese Government.
It was Miss Makeba's stage manner that offended the Government. It called off the festival after only one week--and accused Miss Makeba of discourtesy towards Senegal while on stage. A statement from the ruling political party described Miss Makeba's words and attitude as an insult to the honour and dignity of the Senegalese people.
Miss Makeba is married to former American Black Panther leader, Stokely Carmichael. In stopping the festival, the Government said the event had gone beyond its cultural framework and had taken on a purely political aspect.
Miss Makeba was due to give seven concerts in Senegal. She gave only two. After the cancellation of the festival she would make no comment--but it was expected that she and her husband would leave Senegal on Friday to return to their home in Guinea.