The former South African,role model, a leader with a vision Nelson Mandela said in a statement issued by his foundation. "Mama Africa! Mama Africa, she was a mother to our struggle and to the young nation of ours, we will miss you and we will always remember you lala ngokuthula mama."Makeba met Belafonte in London after she was denied entry in South Africa after her European successful tour. Harry played a big role assisting her in gaining entry to and fame in the United states. Mama Africa most famous hit include "The Click Song" "Qongqothwane" in Xhosa. In 1966, she received the Grammy Award for Best Folk Recording both with Harry Belafonte. The album dealt with the political plight of black South africans under apartheid.
Mama Africa is not only a great musician and a symbol for African music, especially jazz, but also a source of inspiration and hope. Her music career and struggle for freedom still motivates young african artist. Mama may your soul rest in peace.