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Miriam Makeba
(1932-2008) born on
Mar 4
South African singer. "Mother Africa" sang African melodies; often starred with Harry Belafonte, 1960s; member of Paul Simon's Graceland Tour, 1987.
I look at an ant and l see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit.

Africa has her mysteries, and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them.
Ours was a marriage, a love affair -- the land would nurture us, and we would honor the land. But the land was too rich and too good. The powerful and greedy invaders saw this at once.
I look at a stream and I see myself: a native South African, flowing irresistibly over hard obstacles until they become smooth and, one day, disappear -- flowing from an origin that has been forgotten toward an end that will never be.
People in the United States still have a 'Tarzan' movie view of Africa. That's because in the movies all you see are jungles and animals . . . We [too] watch television and listen to the radio and go to dances and fall in love.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Prologue, "Makeba, My Story," with James Hall, 1987.
R: "Makeba, My Story," Ch. 20, with James Hall, 1987.
A: Prologue, "Makeba, My Story," with James Hall, 1987.
N: Prologue, "Makeba, My Story," with James Hall, 1987.
K: In "Miriam Makeba is set to take the U.S. by Storm Once Again," by J. Poet, "New York Times Syndicate," 18 Aug 1988.

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