Today in Black History Month: Miriam Makeba.
Born March 4, 1932, Miriam Makeba or mostly commonly referred to as Mama Africa, was a Grammy-Award winning South African singer and civil rights activist.
During the 1960’s she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music in the United States, best known for her song “Pata Pata” which was successful on the Billboard Hot 100.
Makeba was as well known for her strong campaigning against apartheid in South Africa, which resulted in the termination of her South African citizenship and the right to return. She did however return to her homeland South Africa, once apartheid came to end.
She died on November 9, 2008 at the age of 76 due to a heart attack she had on stage after singing her hit song “Pata Pata” in Italy.