Miriam Makeba has the longest family name by far

Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba was the first African woman to win a Grammy, and the first black woman to have a Top 10 worldwide hit with ‘Pata Pata’ in 1967.

Miriam’s full real name is Zensile Makeba Qgwashu Nguvama Yiketheli Nxgowa Bantana Balomzi Xa Ufnu Ubajabulisa Ubaphekeli Mbiza Yotshwala Sithi Xa Saku Qgiba Ukutja Sithathe Izitsha Sizi Khabe Singama Lawu Singama Qgwashu Singama Nqamla Nqgithi.

The reason for its length is that every child takes the first name of all his male ancestors. Often following the first name is a descriptive word or two, telling about the character of their person, making a true African name somewhat like a story.

Below is a video of her singing the famous “Click Song” – guaranteed to get stuck in your head for the rest of the day! 🙂

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