Saturday, November 15, 2008

'Mama Africa' remembered

A memorial service was held today for South Africa's first lady of song, Miriam Makeba, who died last weekend while performing in Italy.

Musicians, poets and politicians were among the thousands who flocked to the service in Johannesburg and paid tribute to the 76-year old songstress.

On behalf of Cheese-on-Bread , I would like to extend condolences to Ms. Makeba's family, and also to the people of South Africa. Miriam Makeba's music brought attention to the scourge of apartheid and even though she was exiled as a result, she was an ardent campaigner against that divisive social structure.

For all you fellow fans, here's a video of Makeba performing her beautiful hit Pata Pata. May she rest in peace.

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