Monday, November 10, 2008

Miriam Makeba, Mama Afrika died on stage

Miriam Makeba (March 4, 1932 - November 9, 2008)
was a Grammy Award-winning South African singer, also known as Mama Afrika.
Makeba was perfoming in Castel Volturno in the Province of Caserta, in the south of Italy, during an anti-maffiaconcert for Roberto Saviano, a writer who was threatened by the maffia to be killed. She died after the concert due to cardiac problems.
Miriam Makeba became famous as a jazzsinger in the fifties. Her worldhit Pata Pata came out in 1967. A year before she got a Grammy for a record that she made together with Harry Belafonte.
Makeba'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. In keeping with tradition, her full name contains the first names of her male ancestors followed by a one- or two-word description of their character.

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