South African singer Miriam Makeba died
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- culture an traditions
- 11 / 12 / 2008
The 76-year-old singer, who popularized the song “Pata Pata,” sang barefoot for nearly half an hour before a warm audience that bid her a farewell with great ovation. She was not feeling well after the concert.
Her assistants thought the discomfort was temporary, but she did not improve and was taken to Pineta Grande Clinic in an ambulance.
The doctors diagnosed a cardiac arrest and provided emergency attention, but Makeba could not recover.
Makeba, whose life was marked by the civil commitment against racial segregation, died fighting in Castel Volturno, the scene of a severe racist bloodshed over a month ago, and the birthplace of writer Roberto Saviano, threatened with death by Camorra.