Miriam Makeba

Zensi Miriam Makeba (* 4. March 1932 in Prospect Township, close Johannesburg) is a South African singer and important representative of the world music in such a way specified. It sat down to vehement against the earlier Apartheids - policy of South Africa to the resistance and engages themselves until today politically andhumanitarian.

Their musical career began Miriam Makeba as a singer of the groups of “Cuban Brothers” and “Manhattan Brothers”, later created it the woman Trio “The Skylarks”.

From its homeland it was banished. When it by its appearance in the anti-apartheid film “Come bake Africa” 1959 attention had excited, made possible Harry Belafonte ihr die Einreise in die USA und erste Auftritte in Los Angeles und New York - und damit den Beginn ihrer Weltkarriere.

1963 spoke it for the first time before the UN and required the boycott of the South African apartheid regime.

1987 accompanied it Paul Simon upits Graceland route.

After 3 decades exile in the USA and Guinea returned it 1990, on request from Nelson Mandela, to South Africa.

Their largest success is probably “Pata Pata” (1967). Among the further most well-known songs “Soweto Blues” rank, as well as an admission of “Mbube” (“The LionSleeps Tonight "), which Zulu for “lion is” (however in Europe always as sound painting one misunderstood: “Wimoweh”).

It received numerous honors and honours, under it to the Grammy, the Trade Union of German Employees Hammarskjöld price. 2002 were distinguished it with the unofficial Nobelpreis for music, that polar music Prize.

To26. September 2005 explained Miriam Makeba (in the meantime 73) their parting from the stage. A last world tour will lead it still by the USA, Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela, Scandinavia and Germany.

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