South African singer Miriam Makeba is the latest legendary figure to get the biopic treatment. African American producer Suzanne de Passe will helm the project, alongside Madison Jones of de Passe Jones Entertainment. de Passe, who served as one of the writers of Lady Sings The Blues and produced The Jacksons: An American Dream, is also set to direct King, an upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. biopic.
Considered one of South Africa’s most influential voices in the fight against apartheid, Makeba is also the first African to win a Grammy. Throughout her her illustrious career, which spanned five decades, Makeba performed with artists all over the world. Her work and her voice is treasured not only by South Africans, but also by African Americans and other people of the diaspora.
Makeba passed away in 2008. The Miriam Makeba Estate, Miriam Makeba Foundation and Mama Africa Cultural & Social Trust are all working in collaboration on her upcoming biopic.