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Throwback Thursday: Miriam Makeba

This week we are looking at Miriam Makeba, also known as Mama Africa.

This year marks the 4th year since her tragic death on the 10th of November in Italy. Like the diva that she was, on stage!

Miriam was the first African to win a Grammy Award. She has performed with legends such as Nina Simone, who I featured a while back, Dizzy Gillespie and Harry Belafonte. She has also performed for some of the most highly regarded people such as Nelson Mandela and John F Kenedy.

Her soulful voice and distinct style made her a global icon. She shot to fame with her hit, ‘The Click Song’ as well as ‘Pata Pata’. She was banned by the South African apartheid government while she was in the US. They claimed that she was a terrorist due to the political nature of some of her songs. Her banning lead to her not being able to attend her mother’s funeral. This only made her stronger and further contributed to her resilience.

Here is a video of Miriam Makeba singing her hit song Pata Pata.

Is there a particular artist or band you would like me to feature on Throwback Thursday? Let me know by sending me an email richmond.sajini@yahoo.com.

Peace and love!

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Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, www.randomramblings.co.za and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.

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