HBD Miriam Makeba 'Mama Africa'celebrated by Google with today's Doodle! watch video


Wonderful to see Google commemorate Africa's legend and icon mother Miriam Makeba with a birthday doodle.
Mariam was a woman of many talents, as well as a singer she was also a civil right activist, however her marriage to Stokely Carmichael of the American Panther movement led to some of her music been withdrawn or banned, she was denied entrance to her home country South Africa till 1990 when Mandela became the president. Sadly MAriam also lost her only child towards the end of her life, she died on stage in 2008. We celebrate a great legend and say happy Birthday 'Mama Africa

The birthday of Miriam Makeba, the late singer and civil rights campaigner, was commemorated with a Google doodle.
The music legend and icon Makeba was born in Johannesburg on 4 March, 1932. In 1960, the South African government cancelled her passport to prevent her returning to her home from her travels overseas. She returned after the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990.

She initially sang jazz but later became an exponent of what became known as "world music". She performed with artists such as Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon and Hugh Masekela, her first husband. Other husbands included Stokely Carmichael, a leading member of the American Black Panther movement.
In 1962, she performed at President John F Kennedy's birthday party.

Makeba died in Italy in 2008 during a performance for Roberto Saviano, the author of Sodom and Gomorrah, who lives in hiding after writing about the activities of the Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra.

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