Hailed as the first lady of South African song, Miriam Makeba rose to stardom in the dance halls of Sophiatown where she was discovered by US Director, Lionel Rogosin. She appeared in his award-winning film, Come Back Africa, but was banned from returning home as a result of the politically-charged content.
Exiled to America, she collaborated with Harry Bellafonte and became an overnight pop sensation, however politics were never far from her mind. Of her lifelong struggle for racial freedom Makeba famously stated "I don't sing politics, I merely speak the truth".
Mika Kaurismäki's biography triumphantly mirrors the power and electricity of this extraordinary woman, showcasing her immense musical talents whilst providing context for her influence over cultural and political events.