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miriam makeba

Miriam Makeba was born in South Africa in 1932. Her singing appearance in the documentary film Come Back, Africa (1959) attracted the interest of Harry Belafonte. With his help, Makeba settled in the United States, where she embarked on a successful singing and recording career. In 1965, she and Belafonte won a Grammy Award for best folk recording. She received renewed attention in the mid-1980s, after she met Paul Simon and joined Simon's history-making Graceland tour. Makeba is best known for the songs "Pata Pata," "The Click Song" and "Malaika." She continued making music and working as a civil rights activist until her death in 2008.

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