Mama Africa: A legend is gone…but yet the tears keep flowing


At the age of 76 Miriam Zenzile Makeba died in the town of Caserta after a concert, on November 9, 2008 in Castel Volturno, Italy. “Mama Africa” was an inspiration to many worldwide and a legendary voice of Africa. She was not only an artist whose career spanned more than 40 years but as well a mother and grandmother with a befitting title “Mama Africa”. She was a symbol of the fight against apartheid in South Africa.
Till this day, around the world, the absence of “Mama Africa” on the music scene still brings tears in the eyes of many. Who can fill her shoes? This is the question that is difficult to answer as many young potential singers try her songs on stages around the world.  Miriam Makeba was one in that very exclusive club of legendary African female singers in the likes of Mbilia Bel (51)-DRC, Cesaria Evora (69) of Cape Verde, Anne-Marie Ndze of Cameroon, Shala Muana of DRC etc.
 
Miriam Makeba inspired many African women to become proud of being an African woman. She also used the stage as a platform to fight for a unified Africa and fight against racism. She appeared twice as ambassador extraordinary in front of the UNO General Assembly and fulfilled further diplomatic missions. Every time her songs play, some cannot hold back their emotions. The sound of her great songs like ‘Pata Pata’ always brings back old memories.