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