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.
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