Google pays tribute to ‘Mama Africa’

On 4th of March 2013, Google paid tribute to Miriam Makeba, popularly known as ‘Mama Africa’ by dedicating a Google Doodle made especially for her 81st birthday. Miriam who had a successful stint in the music industry died in Italy on November 9, 2008. Before getting success as a solo artist, Mariam had stints with various musical groups that included Manhattan Brothers, Skylarks (a female group), and roles in the African Theatre. The South African native was also involved in revolution against racism that took place in the country. She was the opponent of ‘Apartheid’ and for that the government cancelled her passport in 1960. In 1963, she testified against the United Nations for the apartheid for which she lost her citizenship to South Africa. It was not until 1990 that she could return to her native country, after the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.

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