Miriam Makeba sings "Pata Pata"

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In what alternate universe was Miriam Makeba on the Ed Sullivan show?? Phenomenal!


Are you kidding? Ed Sullivan’s producers were some of the strongest advocates anywhere for musical diversity and innovation. For example, Harry Belafonte was on Sullivan a whole bunch of times, including while he was blacklisted by HUAC.

Here are Belafonte and Makeba together on Sullivan, a few years before her Pata Pata performance:


I have a different version on my phone, but I like how clearly this was recorded, while still in the “live” genre.

No, I am not kidding. I just did not know this before.

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