African Music Forum

Angélique Kidjo – Pata Pata (COVID-19 version)

Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo recorded a special version of Miriam Makeba‘s Pata Pata for Unicef to help fight the coronavirus known as COVID-19.

‘Pata Pata’ literally means ‘touch touch’ in Xhosa. The modified version sung by Kidjo includes lines such as: It’s a time to “Sit it out!” This is ‘no-pata-pata’… Stay at home and wait it out …..We need to keep our hands clean ….So ‘no-pata pata’…Don’t touch your face, keep distance please.

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