Miriam Makeba

World Music Singer

Birthday March 4, 1932

Birth Sign Pisces

Birthplace Johannesburg, South Africa

DEATH DATE Nov 10, 2008 (76)

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South African Grammy Award-winning singer and civil rights activist who worked against the apartheid and released the hit "Pata Pata."

Before Fame

Her mother was jailed for illegally selling an alcoholic beverage, umqombothi. She was a member of the Manhattan Brothers, a jazz group.


She won a Grammy Award for An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba.

Family Life

She married Sonny Pilay in 1959, then Hugh Masekela in 1964, and finally Stokely Carmichael in April 1968.

Associated With

She partook in the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute in 1988.