Black Entertainment : Remembering Mama Africa (miriam Makeba)

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    CB Remembers Miriam Makeba, who would have been 80 today. Makeba, a Grammy Award winning South African singer and civil rights activist against Apartheid, nicknamed "Mama Africa", was the 1st artist from Africa to popularize African music in the U.S. and around the world. She is best known for the song "Pata Pata", first recorded in 1957 and released in the U.S. in 1967. She recorded and toured with many popular artists, such as Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, and her former husband Hugh Masekela. Makeba and Harry Belafonte received the Grammy Award for Best Folk Recording in 1966 for "An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba." "The album dealt with the political plight of black South Africans under apartheid, and it was one of the 1st American albums to present traditional Zulu, Sotho and Swahili songs in an authentic setting." They both also performed at John F. Kennedy's birthday party at Madison Square Garden. Because she was married to Stokely Carmichael, the civil rights activist, Black Panther, and Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, which was controversial in 1968 her record deals and tours were cancelled in the United States. Makeba was also one of the entertainers at the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman held in Zaïre. Check out her hit "Pata Pata" here:
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