MAKEBA—a voice for freedom

On Nov. 10, the world-renowned singer Miriam Makeba, also affectionately known as Mama Africa, passed away. Makeba’s talent, her powerful voice and her steadfast conviction as an outspoken critic of racist apartheid in her homeland of South Africa earned her great respect and admiration around the world.

Eventually the racist government in South Africa banned her from returning home for 30 years. It was not until the victory that she was able to go back home. A full appreciation of her life and music will appear in the next issue of Workers World.

—Larry Hales, NYC FIST

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