This 2013 is Miriam Makeba's birthday of 81. The woman born in South Africa, on March 4, 1932. Currently she has died, precisely in 2008 from a heart attack. She is a legendary singer as well as civil rights activist in South Africa.

Makeba is an artist who began her career by singing jazz, which later became the exponent of what is known as world music. She made popular African music and well-liked throughout the world. Because of her contributions to world of music, Miriam was awarded with the prestigious Grammy in 1966 for Best Folk Recording. In 1962, Makeba never even took part in the birthday party of President John F Kennedy.

Besides singing, Makeba was also an activist. She supports the campaign against apartheid South Africa and also participated actively in the anti-apartheid movement. Because Makeba participation in anti-aparthied, citizenship revoked and she must leave the country and live in exile.

Precisely in 1960, the South African government to cancel her passport to prevent Makeba returned home from a trip abroad. She was able to return after Nelson Mandela was released in 1990.

Throughout her life, Makeba composed many songs are usually a mix of R & B, pop, jazz and African. Her work is dedicated and unique so appreciated that nominated her as a "Goodwill Ambassador" of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on October 16, 1999, by the United Nations.

She even participated in a campaign calling for the support of child soldiers and children suffering from HIV / AIDS. At the age of 76, her health deteriorated. She eventually died of a heart attack on November 9, 2008.

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