ALSO KNOWN AS
Ya Mado, Miriam Makeba
This pattern was originally one of the most important of the Vlisco range and its motif came from a Coptic altar cloth. This design has been imitated repeatedly since the nineteen-sixties being ever-present whenever the hippie trend came back in style. In the 70’s, the popularity of the print coincided with the release of the hit song “Angelina” by legendary Ghanaian band “The Sweet Talks”. People began referring to the printed fabric as ‘Angelina’. In Congo, this print is called “Ya Mado”. Famous Congolese singer Fabregas released the song “Mascara”, in which “Ya Mado!” Was part of the lyrics, referring to an attractive voluptuous woman. As the dancers wore this pattern in the music video, the name Ya Mado gained popularity in Congo. Since the passing of beloved singer and activist Miriam Makeba, in Congo this fabric is also named after her, as Miriam was always dressed in African prints.