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Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba: from Domestic Servant to Mama Africa

—– If alive today, Miriam Makeba would be turning 81, in case you missed the tribute paid to her through this week’s Google Doodle. The  South African singer is considered the voice of World Music. During the 60s she had her South African passport cancelled and was prevented from returning home following her overseas travels. […]

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Mercedes Sosa

Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of the Voiceless Ones

—— The Argentinian folk Singer,  Mercedes Sosa,  was known in Latin America as the “Voice of the Voiceless Ones”.  She represented a powerful source of resistance against the Military  dictatorships that took over Latin America during the 60s and 70s. With a career starting in the late 50’s, Sosa was at the forefront of the […]

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Mauricio Tizumba

Tizumba: rescuing and valuing Afro-Brazilian culture

I have planned to write about Tizumba since the first edition of Berimbaudrum. I could never get away with talking about the Music from Minas Gerais, without talking about Maurício Tizumba. When I met him during the Freshers week at Fafi-BH in 1990, we could all see that there was more to that musician. His broad smile […]

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