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Monday, November 10, 2008

Miriam Makeba---Great Artist, Courageous Human Being

Miriam Makeba,
the "Mama Africa" whose sultry voice gave South Africans hope when the country was gripped by apartheid, died early Monday of a heart attack after collapsing on stage in Italy. She was 76.

In her dazzling career, Makeba performed with musical legends from around the world — jazz maestros Nina Simone and Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon — and sang for world leaders such as John F. Kennedy and Nelson Mandela.


Stephanie Frieze said...

A beautiful voice that sang for justice and peace has been silenced. I am glad she lived to see our own color barrier broken. Thank you for the post, Joseph.

Lorraine Hart said...

Mama Africa's voice was one of deep love and conscience. As a performer, I know she went the way she would've wanted...after a great performance and touching an audience. How blessed we are to have her voice forever and know her story.

Thank you Mama...from a devoted fan.

JosephMcG said...

May we let her spirit heal and strengthen us...