Miriam Makeba ‘continues to inspire’

2008-11-10 00:00

TRIBUTES poured in yesterday following the death of iconic South African singer Miriam Makeba, who died aged 76 after a performance in Italy on Sunday.

Politicians were unanimous in their praise for Makeba’s contribution to the country’s liberation and nation building.

ANC president Jacob Zuma described Makeba as an “indefatigable African patriot who used her immense talent in the service of her people … not only in South Africa, but in the continent as a whole”.

The DA said it was saddened by the “tragic death” of the musician known as Mama Afrika. “We may take some small comfort … that she died doing what she loved,” said DA MP Desiree van der Walt.

ID president Patricia de Lille said Makeba is a “hard act to follow”. “Mama Afrika was the daughter of the soil who liberated our country with her beautiful voice,” she said.

Margaret Arnolds, spokeswoman for Nadeco, said Makeba continues to inspire women to be “women of substance and morals”.

Parliament added its voice in mourning Makeba. “Upon her return to South Africa, Miriam Makeba’s name made it high on … the candidate list of parliamentarians for the ruling party in 1994, but she chose … her musical talent … ” said spokesman Lebogang Nawa.

Cosatu said it is sad that Makeba, like many of her peers, was never fully appreciated while still alive.

“The best tribute to our greatest songstress would be to produce more Miriam Makebas and make sure that they receive the level of recognition that she so richly deserved”.

Listen to Miriam Makeba's Pata Pata song

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