Google is and has been my go-to search engine for quite some time. Over the years, I have been pleasantly surprised when Google changes their iconic logo on their homepage to pay tribute to visual/musical artists, and yesterday was no exception. Yesterday, before I entered a particular query, I saw the likeness of Miriam Makeba (a.k.a. Mama Africa) engaged in song.
I think it is fitting to reflect on those who have had a tremendous impact on African culture and music as a whole. Makeba’s influence was not limited to Africa—it reached the whole world. Makeba was a South African singer and civil rights advocate who campaigned against South Africa’s dreadful apartheid system. Her greatest hit was ‘Pata Pata’ (1966) and she earned a Grammy for Best Folk Recording that same year. In 2008, Makeba suffered a heart attack after singing her hit song ‘Pata Pata’ and she died shortly after.Yesterday would have marked her 81st birthday. Kudos to Google for paying homage to Mama Africa.
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