Miriam Makeba - Tribute to Mama Africa

Miriam Makeba (1933 - 2008) wrote in her 2004 biography, "Makeba," that she would sing until she died. And that she did. Emerging in the sixties, Makeba was the first African singer to gain worldwide popularity. She died this week in Italy, there in concert taking a political stand for writer Roberto Saviano, author of "Gomorra," a book that dangerously outed the Italian mafia in Naples.

But hers was a life worth celebrating. Known as "Mama Africa," Miriam Makeba sang at President John F. Kennedy's birthday bash; she performed at the historic "Rumble In the Jungle" boxing match between Muhammed Ali v. George Foreman.

Makeba was married a number of times, including to African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela amd Black Panther Stokely Carmichael. She testified at the United Nations and spent decades in exile from her South African homeland for taking a stand against Apartheid.

God love you, Mama Africa!

Miriam Makeba bio at Independent UK

Miriam Makeba - "Pata Pata" (1966 worldwide hit)

Miriam Makeba - "The Click Song (1966 worldwide hit)

South African Children Rapping in Xhosa Language

Miriam Makeba & Paul Simon

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