Monday, 4 March 2013

Miriam Makeba's birthday commemorated in Google doodle

Google celebrates the 81st birthday of Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam 'Mama Africa' Makeba with a Google Doodle.

Born Zenzile Miriam Makeba in Johannesburg on 4 March 1932, she was the first South African artist to popularize African music in the U.S. and around the world and is the first African to be honoured with her own Google doodle.

In 1963 she testified about apartheid before the United Nations, as a result the South African government revoked her citizenship and right of return.

She stayed in the U.S. , marrying Stokely Carmichael, a Black Panther leader.

She is best known for the song "Pata Pata", first recorded in 1957 and released in the U.S. in 1967.

Makeba returned to world fame when she performed with Paul Simon on the Graceland tour. Finally in the late 1980's she returned to her homeland as a free South African.

She died of a heart attack on November9, 2008 after performing in a concert in Italy.

The Google Doodle is an artistic version of the Google logo and represents events like holidays and anniversaries.

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