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Angélique’s version has changed the lyrics to encourage people to practice social distancing and wash their hands to help prevent the spread of the virus. In the cover, she sings; “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.” Pata Pata means touch touch in isiXhosa.
Speaking on the song, Angélique shared in part; “We all know what needs to be done, but we also know how much communities are suffering. Pata Pata has always been there for people at a time of struggle. I hope it helps once more. And I hope from our confined spaces we can dance once more.”
Angélique Kidjo covers Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata for UNICEF. Listen to it here.
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@UNICEF has asked me to sing a new version of #MiriamMakeba ‘s Pata Pata with new lyrics to convey #covid_19 health messages. The song will be broadcast on radios stations in Africa to people who don’t have access to regular media. More info in bio #nopatapata #safehands #coronavirus @UNICEFAfrica #healthyathome beautiful guitar and bass @lionelloueke and @chrmcbride !