Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Mama Africa Rest in Peace

Miriam Makeba, the South African singer who for more than half a century brought complex rhythms of her nation to millions of listeners and whose role as a spokeswoman against apartheid which lead her to 31 years of exile, Mama Africa was born on the 4th March 1923 in Johannesburg, South Africa she was 76 when she past away on Monday after her splendid  concert in Italy. For many years Miriam Makeba, popularly referred to as Mama Africa, has been a leading African jazz artist who has promoted African jazz worldwide. In fact, her biography is the story of African jazz. Mama Africa performed with different artist such as Paul Simon, lady Smith Black Mambazo and recently she was working on her new album with a Zimbawean legend Oliver Mtukudzi

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.