Miriam Makeba (Mama Africa)

  • Zenzile Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer and a civil rights activist. In the 1960s, she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music around the world. Makeba campaigned against the South African system of apartheid. The South African government responded by revoking her passport in 1960 and her citizenship and right of return in 1963. As the apartheid system crumbled she returned home for the first time in 1990.

    This illustration has been featured in the amazing book "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls - 100 Tales to Dream Big" , from Timbuktu Labs — a book about 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present who have changed the world, illustrated by 100 female artists from all over the world.
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