Miriam Makeba & Paul Simon
Miriam Makeba

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Miriam Makeba †10.11.2008 + Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo

I'm posting this song for my respectful memory of the great South African Lady Miriam Makeba, who died today in the age of 76 years.

South African singer Miriam Makeba, one of Africa's best known voices and a champion of the fight against apartheid, has died of a heart attack after a performance in Italy. She was 76.

Known as "Mama Africa" and the "Empress of African Song", Makeba was the first black South African musician to gain international fame, winning renown in the United States in the 1950s with her sweeping vocals.

Makeba fell ill after a concert against organised crime in the southern Italian town of Baia Verde late on Sunday, her publicist said. She died after being rushed to a clinic in the town of Castel Volturno.