Friday, June 08, 2018

Miriam Makeba’s Family Wins Legal Rights to Her Music
Southern Times
Jun 08, 2018
Gracious Madondo

Grandchildren to the late South African legendary singer Miriam Makeba have won the rights to her music.

“Miriam Makemba’s family has won the rights to her music from her former music manager” reports BBC Africa.

According to an ENCA online report, Zanele Lee and Lumumba, two of the late legendary singer’s grandchildren were taken to court in October last year by Graeme Gilfillan, the owner of the Siyandisa Music Company in an attempt to block them and the Miram Makeba Foundation access to her intellectual property and legacy.

The music company had already began to control Makeba’s music and attempted to prevent the South African Hall of Fame from including her without their written approval.

A judge, however this week ruled against Siyandisa Music Company and citing South Africa’s Trust Property Control Act, which states the role and rights of trustees, BBC Africa reports.

Mirriam Makeba, famously referred to as “Mama Africa” was a multi award winning singer, actress, civil rights activist as well as the goodwill ambassador of the United Nations. Her music genres included Afro-Pop and Jazz.

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