Miriam Makeba

Just about every phase of Mama Africa’s long career can be found on YouTube, but we’ve selected this joyous, sensual, sexy footage of her singing ‘Into Yam’ from Lionel Rogosin’s 1959 film Come Back Africa. Shot in a shebeen in Sophiatown shortly before the township was bulldozed, and on the eve of Makeba’s departure from South Africa to spend more than 30 years in exile, if this doesn’t melt your heart and quicken your pulse, then you’re made of stone.