Miriam Makeba

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Miriam Makeba
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Background information
Birth name Zenzile Miriam Makeba
Also known as Mama Africa
Born 4 March 1932
Prospect Township, Johannesburg
Gauteng, South Africa
Died 9 November 2008 (aged 76)
Castel Volturno, Italy
Genres
  • Marabi
  • World
  • Afropop
  • Jazz
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Actress
Years active 1953–2008
Labels
  • Manteca
  • Strut
  • RCA
  • Mercury
  • Kapp
  • Collectables
  • Suave
  • Drg
  • Warner Bros
  • Reprise
  • PolyGram
  • Stern's Africa
  • Kaz
  • Sonodisc
Associated acts
Website www.miriammakeba.co.za

Miriam Makeba (born Zenzile Miriam Makeba; 4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008), also known as Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil-rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa.