South African-born civil rights campaigner and legendary singer Miriam Makeba’s 81st birthday is the subject of Monday’s Google Doodle. Google on Monday paid tribute to Miriam Makeba, with a Doodle on its Home Page Internationally. The African singer is also known as “
“Throughout her life, Mama Makeba communicated a positive message to the world about the struggle of the people of South Africa and the certainty of victory over the dark forces of apartheid and colonialism through the art of song.”
This South African-born civil rights campaigner and singer performed at John F Kennedy’s birthday party in 1962.
Short Bio about Miriam Makeba :
Makeba was born in Johannesburg on 4 March, 1932.As her mother was arrested & was made prisoner for selling umqombothi,Miriam spent her first six months of life in jail.
After marriage & giving birth to a child, mariam has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer as a result of that James Kubay left her.
Makeba professional career began in the 1950s when she was featured in the South African jazz group the Manhattan Brothers. Afterwards Makeba left the Manhattan Brothers to record with her all-woman group, The Skylarks.
Makeba Starred in the jazz opera King Kong and anti-apartheid film Come Back, Africa, met Harry Belafonte.
Miriam Makeba was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music in the U.S. 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.
Her South African passport had been cancelled to prevent her returning to her home from her overseas travel. Makeba returned home after the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990.
Makeba became a symbol of the fight against apartheid and spent three decades abroad after South Africa’s government revoked her passport.
Miriam Makeba was one of Africa’s best known voices and a champion of the fight against apartheid & she is also a close friend to former South African President Nelson Mandela.She was divorced four times.
She became the first African woman to win a Grammy award. In 1966, Makeba received the Grammy Award for Best Folk Recording together with Harry Belafonte for An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba.The album dealt with the political plight of black South Africans under apartheid, and it was one of the first American albums to present traditional Zulu, Sotho and Swahili songs in an authentic setting.
After performing a concert in Italy she suffered a severe heart attack & the doctors could not stop her death.She died at the age of 76.
Mandela mourns Miriam Makeba :
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has paid tribute to singing legend Miriam Makeba
She was the “mother of our struggle” and “South Africa’s first lady of song”.Her haunting melodies gave voice to the pain of exile.”She… richly deserved the title of Mama Afrika,” Mr Mandela said in a message.
“Her music inspired a powerful sense of hope in all of us. Even after she returned home she continued to use her name to make a difference by mentoring musicians and supporting struggling young women,” Mr Mandela said.