The Pata Pata legend, nicknamed Mama Africa, died in 2008 at the age of 76, and now Kidjo will celebrate her achievements onstage at Carnegie Hall on 5 November (14), four days before the sixth anniversary of Makeba's death.
Pregnant R&B star Alicia Keys is planning to attend the concert and she has urged fans online to join her.
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Legendary South African singer known as Mama Africa is represented in today's Google logo sketch
If you are wondering what today’s Google Doodle image is all about, the African-style sketch of a woman singing into a microphone, in front of the Google logo, represents South African singer MIRIAM MAKEBA. Makeba – often nicknamed ‘Mama Africa’ was born on this day in 1932 and passed away in November 2008. Google have decided to honour her life’s achievements in artistic form, on their search engine home page today.
Makeba was considered the first African artist to popularize the music of South Africa around the world and was hugely popular in the 1960's when she was best known for the track ‘Pata Pata.’ The song was first released in 1957 but was released in the United States ten years later. Miriam Makeba went on tour with a number of popular American recording artists including Paul Simon and Harry Belafonte. She was also known for the novelty song ‘the Click Song,’ which incorporated the distinctive ‘clicking’ noises of her native Xhosa language.
In their obituary of Mama Africa, the New York Times described her as a “South African singer whose voice stirred hopes of freedom among millions in her country with music that was banned by the apartheid authorities she struggled against.” Makeba died at the age of 76. She collapsed as she was leaving the stage at a concert in Italy and died later that night.
Beloved world music superstars MIRIAM MAKEBA, ASHA BHOSLE and YOUSSOU N'DOUR have joined the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Madonna on a definitive new list of music icons from the past 50 years.
Music experts at CNN and Songlines magazine have joined forces to find the world's number one icon and they've announced a shortlist of 20 online.
Also making the list: Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Bob Marley, Celia Cruz, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Arabic superstar Khaled.
Colombian star Juanes, 37, is the youngest name on the shortlist.
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President Mobuto himself provided the venue for the three-day music festival, although Don King concentrated on the Ali-Foreman main event. A Liberian investment group funded both the festival and the documentary, which goes some way in explaining why it took 35 years to edit together footage that covers everything from the Zaire-bound plane flights to the amazing performances. The best moments are when the participants land in Africa, seeing the home of their ancestors for the first time and interacting with the community around them.
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Hundreds of mourners paid their respects at the funeral of South African singing legend MIRIAM MAKEBA on Saturday (15Nov08).
The country's most prominent politicians, singers and artists flocked to a concert hall in South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg, as the body of the Grammy-winner was cremated.
Makeba, hailed as "South Africa's first lady of song" by former South African President Nelson Mandela, suffered a heart attack after performing at a charity concert near Caserta and passed away at Pineta Grande hospital shortly afterwards, aged 76 earlier this month (09Nov08).
Her body was flown back to her homeland for the service following 31 years in exile, after the apartheid state revoked her citizenship and later also banned her music.
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Makeba, 76, suffered a heart attack after performing at a charity concert near Caserta, Italy on Sunday (09Nov08) and passed away at Pineta Grande hospital shortly afterwards.
John reveals he was a huge admirer, and insists she should be honoured as a hero in her homeland: "She was the voice of South Africa, and she was an incredible woman.
"I'm sure she will have a state funeral, she should have."
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The body of singing legend MIRIAM MAKEBA will be returned to her home in South Africa following her tragic death in Italy on Sunday (09Nov08).
Makeba suffered a heart attack after performing at a charity concert near Caserta and passed away at Pineta Grande hospital shortly afterwards, aged 76.
The South African government confirmed on Tuesday (11Nov08) her body would be flown back home for a funeral service and cremation.
In an official statement, a foreign ministry spokesperson says, "The family decided on the repatriation of the mortal remains back to South Africa before cremation."
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South African singer MIRIAM MAKEBA has died after suffering a heart attack at a concert. She was 76.
The star was admitted to hospital in Italy after falling ill a charity gig on Sunday (09Nov08) and she passed away shortly afterwards, reports the Ansa news agency.
Makeba had performed a half-hour set for Roberto Saviano, a writer threatened with death by the Mafia, according to Italian reports.
Born in 1932, Makeba became known as "Mama Africa" and captured international attention as a vocalist for South African group, The Manhattan Brothers, while they toured the United States in 1959.
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Crusading South African singer MIRIAM MAKEBA will retire from performing at the end of her world tour next year (06).
The legendary Grammy Award-winner kicks off her swansong in Johannesburg, South Africa, and vows to continue recording music when she turns her back on the stage.
Known affectionately as Mama Africa, the prolific artist spent more than 30 years in exile for advocating human rights and racial equality in Apartheid-era South Africa.
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