Today Monday, March 4, 2013, Google is celebrating Mamma Africa’s “Miriam Makeba’s” birthday internationally with the “Mariam Makeba” Google Doodle on what looks to be all their country specific search engine pages. To my knowledge this is the first time ever that Google have had an International Google Doodle for a South African.
Mariam Makeba passed away on the 9th of November in 2008 aged 76 in Castel Volturno in Italy and it was a sad day in South African History when Mariam Makeba passed on.
Interesting Facts about Miriam Makeba
- Miriam Makeba was born in Johannesburg South Africa, and spend the first six months of her life in prison with her mother.
- In 1959 Miriam Makeba starred in the Jazz opera King Kong and in an anti-apartheid film produced by Harry Belafonte titled the Come Back Africa.
- In 1963 Miriam Makeba spoke and testified against apartheid in front of the United Nations as part of her struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
- She won the Grammy Award in 1966 and became the first black South Africa and African woman to have won the award.
- Miriam Makeba was banned from South Africa for her activism against apartheid and lived in Guinea, Brussels and the USA.
- In 1990 Miriam Makeba moved back to South Africa when Nelson Mandela asked her to return home.
- Miriam Makeba died in Caserta, Italy after performing at a concert, she suffered a severe heart attack and medical teams at the concert failed to revive her, she was 76 years old when she died.
- Miriam Makeba spent most of her adult life in exile but never stopped loving her home country South Africa, of which she spoke about often she was buried in South Africa.