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(Weekly featured shout-out showing love to another part of the African diaspora)
20 5 / 2013
Letta Mbulu & choir perform “Nongqongqo (To Those We Love)”in the movie, Warm December, starring and directed by Sidney Poitier.
Letta Mbulu (born 23 August 1942 in Soweto, South Africa), is a South African jazz singer born and raised in Soweto. She has been active since the 1960s, but left for the United States in 1965 due to apartheid.
In the U.S. she worked with Cannonball Adderley, David Axelrod and Harry Belafonte. Her singing can also be heard in Roots, The Color Purple and the 1973 film A Warm December, and she was a guest on an episode of Soul Train. Mbulu also provided the Swahili chant in Michael Jackson’s single, “Liberian Girl”. From: Wiki
* A Warm December is a 1973 film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring him in the lead role as Dr. Matt Younger. It also starred Jamaican actress Esther Anderson as Catherine, Matt’s love interest. Anderson’s role of an African princess won her a NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in 1973. From: Wiki
* “Nongqongqo (To Those We Love)” was written by the legendary Miriam Makeba. In it she sings about political prisoners languishing in prison during apartheid. Video of her performance with Harry Belafonte here.