Miriam Makeba 1955

Miriam, posing here for a cover photograph in a recording studio in downtown Jo'burg, was one of the leading songbirds of the 1950s. She left South Africa in the early sixties with the jazz opera King Kong and then moved to the States, where she was an instant hit. Miriam returned to her home country in 1994 and has used her singing to promote a message of peace, tolerance and humanity

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