"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

11.10.2008

farewell, mama africa

South African singer Miriam Makeba passed away today after she collapsed at a concert in Italy last night. Known as "Mama Africa," Makeba was the first African woman to win a Grammy. She sang on Paul Simon's Graceland tour and countless others. Exiled by the racist apartheid government in South Africa for more than thirty years, she was a key figure in the anti-apartheid struggle, and her music was full of life. Here's the last song Mama Africa sang. It was one of her biggest hits, probably because it's pure joy:

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