Ret-RAW Saturdays: Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata

She was the queen of Southern Afrobeat and continues to be revered in many circles as an accomplished musician and civil rights activist. On this day, we invite her to our site with this nostalgic tune, which some may relate to as a source of joy and fun during the trouble days of South Africa, and yet some as music lovers may have just loved it as a party anthem and a song to grove to. Below is the video for the song “Pata Pata” by the late but great South African superstar Miriam Makeba aka Mama Africa, performed in 1967.

See lyrics below;

Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata

Hiyo mama hiyo ma nantsi Pata Pata
Hiyo mama hiyo ma nantsi Pata Pata
Hiyo mama hiyo ma nantsi Pata Pata
Hiyo mama hiyo ma nantsi Pata Pata

Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata

“Pata Pata” is the name of a dance we do down Johannesburg way.
And everybody starts to move as soon as “Pata Pata” starts to play – whoo

Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata

Hiyo mama hiyo ma nantsi Pata Pata
Hiyo mama hiyo ma nantsi Pata Pata
Hiyo mama hiyo ma nantsi Pata Pata
Hiyo mama hiyo ma nantsi Pata Pata

Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata

Whoo, every Friday and Saturday night it’s “Pata Pata” time
The dance keeps going all night long till the morning sun begins to shine – hey!
Aya sat wuguga sat – wo-ho-o

Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata

Hiyo mama hiyo ma nantsi Pata Pata
Hiyo mama hiyo ma nantsi Pata Pata
Hiyo mama hiyo ma nantsi Pata Pata
Hiyo mama hiyo ma nantsi Pata Pata

Saguquga sath’ – hit it!
Aah- saguquga sath’ – nantsi – hit it!
Saguquga sathi bega nantsi Pata Pata

Pata Pata performance in Holland in 1979.

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