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November 10, 2008

South African singer Miriam Makeba dies in Italy


South African singer Miriam Makeba, one of Africa's best known voices and a champion of the fight against apartheid, has died of a heart attack after a performance in Italy. She was 76.
Known as "Mama Africa" and the "Empress of African Song," Makeba was the first black South African musician to gain international fame, winning renown in the United States in the 1950s with her sweeping vocals.

Makeba fell ill after a concert against organised crime in the southern Italian town of Baia Verde late Sunday, her publicist said. She died after being rushed to a clinic in the town of Castel Volturno.


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2 comments:

Fly Girl said...

I can't believe this. She was such a powerful presence. RIP Mama Africa.

Claire said...

I loved her music

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