Apartheid Icon Miriam Makeba Dies

I was extremely sadened today to read that singer/songwriter, diplomat and political activist Miriam Makeba, also known as Mama Afrika, died on November 9th after a performance in Italy. She raised awareness all over the globe through her music in the 50s and 60s. Upon being denied reentry into South Africa due to the subversive message of her songs, Makeba took refuge in many countries over the years, including the United States where she had risen to fame. Upon marrying Black Panther Stokely Carmichael in 1968, however, all her US tours were cancelled and the couple fled to Guinea, where Makeba served as that country’s ambassador to the United Nations, for which she recieved the Dag Hammarskjoeld Peace Prize in 1986. Nelson Mandela said it was befitting that Makeba died doing what she loved best, performing, and in that spirit I wanted to post these videos of her performances in her memory.



Akana Nkomo


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