South African singing legend Miriam Makeba has died aged 76, after being taken ill in Italy.
She had just taken part in a concert near the southern town of Caserta, the Ansa news agency reported.
The concert was on behalf of Roberto Saviano, the author of an expose of the Camorra mafia whose life has subsequently been threatened.
Ms Makeba appeared on Paul Simon’s Graceland tour in 1987 and in 1992 had a leading role in the film Sarafina!
Ansa said she died of a heart attack.
Makeba was the first black African woman to win a Grammy Award, which she shared with Harry Belafonte in 1965.
She was African music’s first world star, says the BBC’s Richard Hamilton, blending different styles long before the phrase “world music” was coined. Continue Reading…..
Rest In Peace Miriam Makeba
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i had the pleasure of seeing her perform at the north sea jazz festival a couple of years..
i never seen people young and old people pay so much attention to a legend….
she was awesome…!!!! r.i.p miriam makeba!!
she accomplished a l hell of a lot!!!
Oh noooo, how sad. What a legend.
RIP Queen Makeba 😦
I love her songs and i’m so sad that this happened. She is definitely a legend around the world, and I’m glad the Lord took her while she was doing something she absolutely loved.