Monday, November 10, 2008


Miriam Makeba, Mama Afrika, Dies at 76 After Concert (Update2) By Nicky Smith

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Miriam Makeba, the South African recording artist known as ``Mama Afrika'' who was exiled from her own country during apartheid, died of a heart attack last night after giving a concert in Italy. She was 76.

The Grammy-winning Makeba ``collapsed as she was leaving the stage,'' South African Minister of Foreign Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said in an e-mailed statement today. Makeba, who brought the music of her continent to a global audience in the 1960s, had been performing at the Vastel Volturno in the province of Caserta, 35 kilometers (22 miles) northwest of the city of Naples.

``One of the greatest songstresses of our time, Miriam Makeba, has ceased to sing,'' Dlamini Zuma said. ``South Africa's goodwill ambassador died performing what she did best -- an ability to communicate a positive message through the art of singing.''

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Poetikat said...

She truly was a rare talent. At least she died after doing what she loved.


Gretchen said...

Thanks for sharing her music. I had never heard it before.

Quiet Paths said...

Oh man, I just read this. What a loss. I remember so many moments of being thoroughly moved by her music.

May her light shine perpetual....