Miriam Makeba Dies On Stage at 76

Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2008 08:14 am
Miriam Makeba, the gal from South Africa with the gorgeous voice, collapsed and died of a heart attack on stage.

Makeba collapsed on stage Sunday night after singing one of her most famous hits "Pata Pata," her family said in a statement. Her grandson, Nelson Lumumba Lee, was with her as well as her longtime friend, Italian promoter Roberto Meglioli.

"Whilst this great lady was alive she would say: 'I will sing until the last day of my life'," the statement said.
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Merry Andrew
Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2008 08:16 am
Yes, just heard this on NPR. Sad. She was a great artist.
Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2008 09:43 am
@Merry Andrew,
Oh, a few minutes ago, I posted her famous song in the music thread.
I didn't see that she got her own thread . Miriam Makeba certainly had a
great voice, and great spirits.

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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2008 09:49 am
Years ago, I asked the hamburgers to take me to see her for my birthday present. It was an extraordinary experience.

I'm so glad that she continued to be able to do what she loved, literally to the end.

Her voice, and message, were/are glorious.
Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2008 11:16 am
I think it's fitting that she had just performed in a brave appearance re the Mafia/Camorra threat to Roberto Saviano, whose story I've been following. Typical Makeba, caring to the end.

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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2008 12:31 pm
I recall Harry Belafonte was instrumental in bringing her to America's attention, having her appear in his concerts and recording African songs on albums together. She was a fabulous entertainer and a great lady.
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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2008 07:25 pm
I saw her perform only once, in a lovely little venue in Vancouver (perhaps about one hundred seats). It was a marvelous evening. And I could add that she was one of my dear mom's favorites.
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