Miriam Makeba, RIP

10 11 2008

miriam makeba (aka mama afrika) passed away early this morning after a concert in italy. she had a lovely, powerful voice, and some great hits in the 60s, including pata pata, malaika, and my favorite, “the click song”. she also became, somewhat inadvertently, a voice for the black people of south africa during the apartheid era owing to her album with harry belafonte, an evening with belafonte/makeba. i love the intro to the click song on her album with belafonte: “in my native village in Johannesburg, there is a song that we always sing when a young girl gets married. It’s called the click song by the English because they cannot say Qongqothwane” . a nice page about her is here.

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