Miriam Makeba dies in concert

This is a music video of Miriam Makeba‘s anti apartheid song Ndodemnyama (Beware, Verwoerd!).

More Miriam Makeba videos: here.

From the BBC:

Singer Miriam Makeba dies aged 76

Miriam Makeba was a leading symbol in the struggle against apartheid

South African singing legend Miriam Makeba has died aged 76, after being taken ill in Italy.

She had just taken part in a concert near the southern town of Caserta, the Ansa news agency reported.

The concert was on behalf of Roberto Saviano, the author of an expose of the Camorra mafia whose life has subsequently been threatened.

Ms Makeba appeared on Paul Simon’s Graceland tour in 1987 and in 1992 had a leading role in the film Sarafina!

Ansa said she died of a heart attack.

‘Mama Africa’

Ms Makeba was born in Johannesburg on 4 March 1932 and was a leading symbol in the struggle against apartheid.

Her singing career started in the 1950s as she mixed jazz with traditional South African songs.

She came to international attention in 1959 during a tour of the United States with the South African group the Manhattan Brothers.

She was forced into exile soon after when her passport was revoked after starring in an anti-apartheid documentary and did not return to her native country until Nelson Mandela was released from prison.

Makeba was the first black African woman to win a Grammy Award, which she shared with Harry Belafonte in 1965.

She was African music’s first world star, says the BBC’s Richard Hamilton, blending different styles long before the phrase “world music” was coined.

After her divorce from fellow South African musician Hugh Masekela she married American civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael.

It was while living in exile in the US that she released her most famous songs, Pata Pata and the Click Song.

“You sing about those things that surround you,” she said. “Our surrounding has always been that of suffering from apartheid and the racism that exists in our country. So our music has to be affected by all that.”

It was because of this dedication to her home continent that Miriam Makeba became known as Mama Africa.

See also here.

Mary Lou Williams, US jazz pianist: here.

Anita O’Day, US jazz singer: here.

Martin Russell: Anti-apartheid activist and painter: here.

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African politicians on communism: here.

Harry Belafonte: here. And here.

My Song: A Memoir Of Art, Race And Defiance
by Harry Belafonte with Michael Schnayerson (Canongate, £14.99); review here.