Main: World Music.. Miriam Makeba

World Music today with a focus on 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 orga­nized to sup­port writer Rober­to Saviano in his stand against the Camor­ra, a mafia-like organ­i­sa­tion local to the region of Cam­pa­nia.

Today’s pro­gram is from the musi­cal library of Soliel Snook. To lis­ten, click here to start your play­er . If you are in the Unit­ed States, please use the fol­low­ing link: .

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