About Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba was a South African singer and civil rights activist.
Makeba grew up in South Africa, first singing in a choir at school. She made a name for herself singing with the Manhatten Brothers (a jazz group). In 1956, Makeba recorded her most known song, “Pata Pata.” Around this time, she became an activist against the apartheid (segregation) in South Africa. They revoked her citizenship, but other countries made her an honorary citizen. While in the west, Makeba recorded several studio albums and sang with other famous people. She was allowed to return home in 1990 when the apartheid system dissolved.
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Famous quotes by Miriam Makeba
Age is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won't get run over.Miriam Makeba
And why is our music called world music? I think people are being polite. What they want to say is that it's third world music. Like they use to call us under developed countries, now it has changed to developing countries, it's much more polite.Miriam Makeba
Everybody now admits that apartheid was wrong, and all I did was tell the people who wanted to know where I come from how we lived in South Africa. I just told the world the truth. And if my truth then becomes political, I can't do anything about that.Miriam Makeba
Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being.Miriam Makeba
I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit.Miriam Makeba
In the mind, in the heart, I was always home. I always imagined, really, going back home.Miriam Makeba
It's a really unfair world because life is, where I am all day long we listen to American music. So I don't see why the radios in the U.S. cannot even put aside one hour a day just to play music that is not American.Miriam Makeba
Which goes to show you, you can make all the laws you want, but you cannot change people's ways. If you must change them, you have to understand that it will take a long time.Miriam Makeba
F.A.Q. about Miriam Makeba
When is her birthday?
Miriam Makeba's birthday is on March 4, 1932.
In how many days is her birthday?
Miriam's birthday is in 164 days
How old was Miriam when she died?
She was 76 years old.
When did she die?
She died in November 9, 2008.
How old would she be today?
Miriam Makeba would be 89 years old if she was alive today.
Where was Miriam from?
She was born in Prospect Township, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Miriam Makeba's Popularity
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