Miriam Makeba

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Zenzile Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer and civil rights activist.

In the 1960s, she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music around the world. She is best known for the song "Pata Pata", first recorded in 1957 and released in the U.S. in 1967. She recorded and toured with many popular artists, such as Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, and her former husband Hugh Masekela.

Makeba campaigned against the South African system of apartheid. The South African government responded by revoking her passport in 1960 and her citizenship and right of return in 1963. As the apartheid system crumbled she returned home for the first time in 1990.

Makeba died of a heart attack on 9 November 2008 after performing in a concert in Italy organised to support writer Roberto Saviano in his stand against the Camorra, a mafia-like organisation local to the region of Campania.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Miriam Makeba Miriam Makeba 3
1962 The World of Miriam Makeba Miriam Makeba 1
1965 An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba Harry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba 2
1967 Pata Pata Miriam Makeba 4
1979 Comme une symphonie d'amour / Malaisha / Sabelani / African Convention Miriam Makeba 2 3
1988 Sangoma Miriam Makeba 1
1991 Eyes on Tomorrow Miriam Makeba 1
2000 Homeland Miriam Makeba 1
2015 Makeba Sings! Miriam Makeba 1
An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba Harry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba 1
Welela Miriam Makeba 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 The Queen of African Music Miriam Makeba 2
1991 Africa Miriam Makeba 2
1991 Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks, Volume 1 Miriam Makeba and The Skylarks 1
1991 The Queen of African Music, Volume 2 Miriam Makeba 1
1994 Folk Songs From Africa Miriam Makeba 1
1994 Sing Me a Song Miriam Makeba 4
1997 Hits & Highlights Miriam Makeba 1
1998 Best of Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks Miriam Makeba 1
2001 Mama Africa: The Very Best of Miriam Makeba Miriam Makeba 2
2001 The Guinea Years Miriam Makeba 1
2002 The Definitive Collection Miriam Makeba 1
2003 The Best of the Early Years Miriam Makeba 1
2004 Reflections Miriam Makeba 5 1
2006 Her Essential Recordings: The Empress of African Song Miriam Makeba 1
2008 The Legend Miriam Makeba 1
2009 Mama Afrika 1932-2008 Miriam Makeba 1
2010 South Africa's Skylark Miriam Makeba 1
2011 The Sweet Sound of Africa Miriam Makeba 1
2013 The Sound of Africa Miriam Makeba 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Live in Africa Miriam Makeba 1
1977 Pata Pata: Live for My Brothers and Sisters Miriam Makeba 1
1996 Live From Paris & Conakry Miriam Makeba 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Pata Pata Miriam Makeba 2
1970 Emavungwini (Down in the Dumps) Miriam Makeba 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Hi-a Ma (Pata Pata) Milk & Sugar feat. Miriam Makeba & Jungle Brothers 2

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