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Age is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won't get run over.
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And I believe that it becomes a troubled continent because there are those who must always cause confusion so that we do not keep these natural resources.
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And why is our music called world music? I think people are being polite. What they want to say is that it's third world music. Like they use to call us under developed countries, now it has changed to developing countries, it's much more polite.
Quotation of Miriam Makeba
But if you are going to wear blinders then you do not know the world.
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Everybody now admits that apartheid was wrong, and all I did was tell the people who wanted to know where I come from how we lived in South Africa. I just told the world the truth. And if my truth then becomes political, I can't do anything about that.
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For instance, we're always fighting amongst each other. Who gives us the arms? And then we become indebted to wherever we are buying them from - with what? The very resources we need to keep there.
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Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being.
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I believe I can sing anything.
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I have to go and say farewell to all the countries that I have been to, if I can. I am 73 now, it is taxing on me.
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I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit.
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I titled the album Reflections because I am reflecting on my music career.
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I was physically away from home, but mentally and emotionally, I was always home.
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In the mind, in the heart, I was always home. I always imagined, really, going back home.
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It is important for the women of Africa to meet and talk about common problems, to talk about what the African renaissance means, and what Nepad (New Partnership for African Development) means, and see how we can access help from organizations such as Nepad as women.
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It is very much the theme of our President, President Thabo Mbeki, whose passion is for Africa to work together, and for Africans to get up and do things for us. We are trying as women to do things for ourselves.
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It was hard to be away from home, but I am glad that I am home now.
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It's a really unfair world because life is, where I am; all day long we listen to American music. So I don't see why the radios in the U.S. cannot even put aside one hour a day just to play music that is not American.
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Some of the songs on the album I did thirty years ago, when I was in exile. I wanted people here at home to hear some of the songs that I was singing during my absence from home, and the absence of my recordings, which were banned. That is why we decided to call it Reflections.
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The one I missed is Billie Holiday because she died the year before I arrived. I was in America in 1959 and she had passed away before that.
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There are a lot of homes for boys, but very few for girls, that is why I chose to do for girls.
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Well there is a lot of work here for younger and older musicians now. Our Ministry of Culture has now really embarked on changing things for artists, and it is getting much better. We just have to organize ourselves as artists, and then things will be better.
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Which goes to show you, you can make all the laws you want, but you cannot change people's ways. If you must change them, you have to understand that it will take a long time.
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You are damned and praised, or encouraged or discouraged by those who listen to you, and those who come to applaud you. And to me, those people are very important.
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You know, and then you expose your people to other cultures and other people's music. You see, that's why, people need to be exposed to different types of music and that is how you learn to appreciate other people. Through their music, through their art, and so on and so forth.
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