#tbt to Miriam Makeba, a world-known South African singer and political activist. Known as “Mama Africa,” she has exposed Western audiences to African music and championed the struggle against apartheid. Witnessing racist policies such as separate black and white audiences, Makeba vowed to sing about the poverty and injustice in South Africa. Makeba was exiled to the United States by the apartheid government and during this time she also battled cervical cancer, successfully recovering from surgery. While facing her own pain, she continued to draw attention to the suffering of her people, speaking about the horrors of apartheid before the UN General Assembly in 1964 and 1975 and winning the Dag Hammerskjold Peace Prize in 1986. The apartheid government responded by banning her recordings until 1988. After thirty years of exile, Makeba returned to South Africa in 1991, following Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. Her first South African concert was a huge success, helping her launch a world tour and two successful albums. Since her return from exile, Makeba has also helped craft the newly free South Africa: she has served as Goodwill Ambassador to the UN, founded the Makeba Rehabilitation Centre for Girls, and supported the struggle against HIV and AIDS.
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