Miriam Makeba with Sonny Pillay and his family, 1959.
Makeba and the Durban-Indian ballad singer, born Shunna Pillay, were briefly romantically involved after Makeba left an abusive relationship with her first husband and father of her only daughter Bongi, James Kubayi.
Of his relationship with the late singer, Pillay says:
“My relationship with Miriam had no family pressure, just gossip. Our romance lasted a few months and then we moved on. We remained the closest of friends until her death.”
“Miriam Makeba and I had a brief romance. If we were married, it would have lasted a lifetime.”
Photograph by South African photographer Ranjith Kally.
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