3.04.2013

Miriam Makeba - Mama Afrika Happy Birthday!!


Happy Birthday Miriam Makeba, South African singer and civil rights activist (4 March 1932 – 10 November 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was the first African to win a Grammy with Belafonte.  She actively campaigned against the South African system of apartheid.  As a result, the South African government banned her music and revoked her citizenship and right of return. After the end of apartheid she returned home after 31 years of living in exile.  "Her music inspired a powerful sense of hope in all of us," Nelson Mandela, the apartheid prisoner turned South African Leader, said upon Makeba's death.  She is/was a phenomenal woman, a true icon. Below is a tribute to her, RIP Queen Makeba!

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