Miriam Makeba, who is also known as Mama Africa, was a singer-songwriter and an actress from South Africa. She was born in 1932 near Johannesburg and died in Castel Volturno, Italy in 2008 at the age of 76 after performing at a concert.
She campaigned against the system of apartheid until the government revoked her citizenship and right of return. But also in Exile she didn’t stop fighting.
She is best known for her song “Pata Pata” which I first listened to five years ago during a music lesson in school. This morning I watched one of the YouTube videos on my Facebook feed and I heard the melody which has been in my head for all this years. :)
Interesting Trivia: Mama Africa’s full name is: Zenzile Makeba Qgwashu Nguvama Yiketheli Nxgowa Bantana Balomzi Xa Ufun Ubajabulisa Ubaphekeli Mbiza Yotshwala Sithi Xa Saku Qgiba Ukutja Sithathe Izitsha Sizi Khabe Singama Lawu Singama Qgwashu Singama Nqamla Nqgithi This name immortalizes not only her maternal ancestors, but also their qualities.