On this day, 10 June 1990, Miriam Makeba returned to South Africa after a newly free Nelson Mandela persuaded her. Sources say she returned with her French passport. Thomas And Skhumba in the Morning highlighted this historic day.
Having being permanently exiled by the apartheid government in 1960, Makeba came to be known as the woman with nine passports.
For Jazzuary 2019, write, editor and researcher, Lindokuhle Nkosi spoke to Kaya 959 about Makeba’s nine passports. “What happens when you don’t have a home?” Watch below.