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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Miriam Makeba-Mama Afrika Dies In Italy

Miriam Makeba, the first lady of African song for the last fifty years has died.The 76 year-old performer whose career spanned continents, collapsed on stage during a concert in Castel Volturno, a small city in Italy. She was paying homage to six Africans killed by the Camorra mafia two months ago and to the Italian journalist Roberto Saviano who exposed the murders and was himself threatened with death.

Nelson Mandela, who is 91, is among a host of dignitaries expressing condolences and celebrating the life of the woman with a voice like a nightingale said, "She was South Africa's first lady of song and so richly deserved the title of Mama Afrika.
It was fitting that her last moments were spent on a stage, enriching the hearts and lives of others - and again in support of a good cause."

Indeed it is reported the last song she performed before her onstage collapse was the 1967 hit "Pata Pata" an up beat South African party song.

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