Thursday, August 9, 2007

Viva Women

Today is Women's Day in South Africa. In celebration of the day, I have chosen to post a little something about Miriam Makeba, Mama Afrika.

I recently started listening to her music, and love it. You can read more about her, and her courageous life, here, but this is a snippet:

"Miriam Makeba began her lifelong struggle at the age of two weeks when she served a sixmonth jail term with her mother. As a girl in South Africa, she worked as a domestic servant for white families. By her teens she had got involved in the progressive jazz scene and was pursuing a singing career.

In 1960, while on tour in the US, Makeba was denied a visa to return home for her mother's funeral. The white South African Government then cancelled her citizenship to punish her for speaking out against apartheid at the United Nations. A defiant Makeba was thrust into the position of being black South Africa's de facto ambassador to the Western world, where she earned the moniker 'Mama Africa'. Her call for an end to apartheid became increasingly powerful, particularly after the Sharpeville massacres, and her recordings were banned in South Africa."

Music counts as design, doesn't it?

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