Black Liberation 1969 Archive

"Pata Pata"

Description

"Pata Pata" is written in Xhosa; 'pata' translates to 'touch'. Dorothy Masuka wrote "Pata Pata", and Miriam Makeba first released it in 1957 in South Africa. It was first released in the United States in 1967 on the album Pata Pata and as a single.

Creator

Miriam Makeba

Publisher

PEDRO HERNANDEZ Petermadison
published via YouTube.com

Date

1967

Coverage

"Pata Pata" hit #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Marilyn Holifield ‘69 recalled listening to Makeba’s music.

Player

Citation

Miriam Makeba, “"Pata Pata",” Black Liberation 1969 Archive, accessed November 18, 2017, http://blacklib1969.swarthmore.edu/items/show/1270.