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Industry News: GOOGLE’s Ode to Mama Africa, the Incredible Miriam Makeba


Google Pays Homade to Mama AfricaGoogle 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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Udeme Uwan

Ms. Udeme Uwan is a licensed attorney in the State of California. A graduate of Howard Law School in Washington D.C., Ms. Uwan is an Africa Music Law intern whose editorial intern contributions are in the AML categories of "INDUSTRY NEWS" and "MUSIC". Look for her posts on AML on Tuesdays and Thursdays now until May 2013. Please give her your feedback and let her know how she is doing, what you like and don't like. Thanks!

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