Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba, the South African singer who for more than half a century brought the intricate rhythms of her native land to millions of listeners and whose role as a spokeswoman against apartheid subjected her to 31 years of exile, died early Monday after a concert in Italy. She was 76.

She had charm. She had class and she will be sorely missed. I saw her perform once when I was a little kid. I remember the song she sung. Was a song called "malaika." Never figured out what she was talking about but to this day I still remember the magical voice.

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