Today in Black History: March 4, 1932 “The Birth of Miriam Makeba”

On today in 1932, Miriam Makeba was born in Prospect Township, Johannesburg. She was a South African singer and civil rights activist. Makeba is credited for being the first to popularize African music around the world. One of her most famous songs is “Pata Pata”. The song was recorded in 1957 and was released in the United States in 1967. She also toured and recorded songs with Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, and her husband Hugh Masekela. She campaigned against the South African system of apartheid. In return, the South African government revoked her passport in 1960 and revoked her right to return in 1963. She was able to return home to South Africa for the first time in 1990. Makeba died on November 9, 2008, after she became ill, after performing at a concert standing against Camorra, which is a mafia-like organization.

To learn more about Miriam Makeba, click here.

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