rest in peace, miriam makeba

at the age of 76, miriam makeba died earlier this week.

South African singer Makeba dies at 76
South African anti-apartheid singer Miriam Makeba has died aged 76 after being taken ill during a concert in Italy. Makeba, known to fans worldwide as “Mama Africa”, was an international symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle. (…)
Makeba left South Africa in 1959. She lived in exile for 31 years before having an emotional homecoming in Johannesburg in 1990.

source: press association, google news

she was without doubt one of the most important and impressive south african musicians, and died during a benefit concert in southern italy.
threre’s a beautiful obituary over at the economist.

i’ve got three youtube-links that i’d like to share in her memory:

nkosi sikelele with miriam makeba


pata pata, the song that made her famous (recording from 2007)


the click song

One thought on “rest in peace, miriam makeba

  1. She is so cute in introducing the “click song”! I had a smile on my face the whole time watching that video clip; her energy is infectious.

    A beautiful obituary, indeed.

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