Miriam Makeba dies

South African singing legend Miriam Makeba, known to her fans around the world as Mama Africa, has died aged 76, after being taken ill in Italy after she had performed in the southern Italian town of Caserta at an anti-mafia concert. Makeba was a leading anti-apartheid figure in South Africa and continued the struggle when she lived abroad and toured the world. She first came to prominence in the US in the late-1950s with the Manhattan Brothers and then formed her own group, The Skylarks. Later she went into exile, not returning to her native land until Nelson Mandela became president. Her hit songs included ‘Pata Pata’, ‘The Click Song’ and ‘Malaika’.

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