|Single by Miriam Makeba|
|from the album Pata Pata|
|Format||7" single/12" single|
|Writer(s)||Miriam Makeba, Jerry Ragovoy|
"Pata Pata" is a song by South African singer Miriam Makeba the former wife of Hugh Masekela (who topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968 with the instrumental version of Grazin' In the Grass). "Pata Pata" was written by fellow southern African artist Dorothy Masuka and first released by Makeba in 1957 when she still lived in South Africa. The song was released in the United States in 1967 for her studio album of the same name. It was successful on the Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at #12.
The song is considered by many to be Makeba's signature hit and the song has since been covered by many artists. Originally written and sung in the Xhosa language, the song's title means "touch touch" in English.
The original version of Pata Pata is included in Pata Pata (released 1972), The Best of the Early Years (Miriam Makeba), a collection of 24 tracks released in 2002 by Wrasse, and the 40 track compilation Her Essential Recordings: The Empress of African Song (2006 Manteca). Makeba released a renovated version of the song, entitled "Pata Pata 2000", in her 2000 album Homeland.
- 1980: Osibisa (Mystic Energy album)
- 1981: Prima Vera (Den 5te album)
- 1986: Monitor (Estonian new wave band: Estonian version was titled "Idee")
- 1988: Chayanne feat. Miriam Makeba (included in Chayanne)
- 1989: Triple & Touch played this song live on tour with Björn Afzelius 1989 at Hovdala slott
- 1997: Daúde
- 1998: Coumba Gawlo
- 1999: Manu Dibango
- 2000: Thalía (recorded it for her album Arrasando)
- 2001: Yamboo (released with altered Spanish and English verses on their 2006 album Okama de Mapouka)
- 2002: The Skatalites
- 2002: Blue Monster & Bikki
- 2002: Jonathan Butler (recorded a rendition of this song from his album Surrender)
- 2004: D'jaa
- 2004: Helmut Lotti
- 2006: Tony Esposito
- 2007: African Jazz Pioneers
- 2008: Smood
- 2008: El General (Spanglish version)
- 2009: Shikisha
- 2010: DJ Happy Vibes, Lira
- 2011: Arielle Dombasle feat. Mokobé (released on her album Diva Latina)
- 2011: African Ladies (cover version for video game Just Dance 3 on Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3)
- 2011: Milk & Sugar feat. Miriam Makeba (made a remix with Makeba,
|US Billboard Hot 100||12|
|US Billboard R&B Singles||7|
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- Song searches performed at Amazon.com and http://www.legalsounds.com/search?pattern=pata+pata