Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata

This week I thought we would look back at an artist most of you have probably never heard.  Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist.  In the 1960s she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music in the U.S. and around the world. She is best known for the song “Pata Pata”, first recorded in 1957 and released in the U.S. in 1967. She recorded and toured with many popular artists, such as Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, and her former husband Hugh Masekela.

She actively campaigned against the South African system of apartheid. As a result, the South African government revoked her citizenship and right of return. After the end of apartheid she returned home. She died on 9 November 2008 after performing in a concert in Italy.  Enjoy here most popular song Pata Pata as the song of the week.

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    • Josh
    • January 30th, 2013 7:57pm

    This is a great song

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