Miriam Makeba

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Zenzile Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a Grammy Award-winning 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
1972 Live in Africa Miriam Makeba 1
1988 Sangoma Miriam Makeba 1
1989 Comme une symphonie d'amour Miriam Makeba 2 1
1991 Africa Miriam Makeba 2
1991 EyesOnTomorrow Miriam Makeba 1
1997 Folk songs From Africa Miriam Makeba 1
2000 Homeland Miriam Makeba 1
2004 Reflections Miriam Makeba 5 1
Hits & Highlights Miriam Makeba 1
Mama Africa Miriam Makeba 1
Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks, Volume 1 Miriam Makeba and The Skylarks 1
Sing Me a Song Miriam Makeba 1
The Queen Of African Music - 17 Great Songs Miriam Makeba 1
Welela Miriam Makeba 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Mama Africa: The Very Best of Miriam Makeba Miriam Makeba 1
2002 The Definitive Collection Miriam Makeba 1
2003 The Best of the Early Years Miriam Makeba 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
2011 The Sweet Sound of Africa Miriam Makeba 1
The Guinea Years Miriam Makeba 1
The Queen of African Music, Volume 2: 15 Great Songs Miriam Makeba 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Pata Pata - Live for My Brothers and Sisters Miriam Makeba 1
Live From Paris & Conakry Miriam Makeba 1


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

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Best of Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks Miriam Makeba 1
2004 Reflections Miriam Makeba 1
Sing Me A Song Miriam Makeba 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 South Africa's Skylark Miriam Makeba 1

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