Miriam Makeba

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About Miriam Makeba

Well-known for her political views and fearless outspokenness against apartheid, as well as a high-profile marriage to Black Panther Stokeley Carmichael in the 1960s, Miriam Makeba has been both punished and praised for her passions. But her shining accomplishments have been more musical than political. Makeba was the first South African musician to achieve worldwide popularity. She spent much of her long career singing of the power and struggle of humanity, in a voice that can express a huge range of emotions with intensity and sincerity. She even scored a top 40 hit in 1967 with the choral "Pata Pata."

Johannesburg, South Africa
March 4, 1932

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