This season’s opening episode puts Africa’s first global music icon—Miriam Makeba—back in the spotlight with “Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba!” Director Mika Kaurismaki’s film tells the story of Makeba’s rise to global stardom as a musical legend and as a powerful voyce of the South Africa anti-aparteid movement. (Above): Miriam Makeba performing at Standard Bank Arena 1991.
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Out of a dire need for more programming focusing specifically on the global black experience, a group of aspiring producers and filmmakers created “AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange,” to give viewers a unique portrait of black life other than what is widely portrayed in mainstream media. AfroPoP airs new episodes every Monday at 8 p.m. ET/ 10 p.m. PT beginning January 21, 2019 through February 18 on WORLD Channel.