Google doodles for Miriam Makeba's birthday

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 04, 2013 06:05 hrs

Popular internet search engine Google on Monday celebrated Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba's 81st birthday by decorating its homepage with a doodle.

The doodle shows the singer in a traditional attire singing her popular numbers.

Popularly known as ´Mama Africa´, she was born in South Africa´s Johannesburg on March 4, 1932.

In the 1960s, she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music in the U.S. and around the world.

She was best known for the song ´Pata Pata´. The song was recorded in 1957 and released in the U.S. in 1967.

Makeba recorded and toured with many popular artists, such as Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, and her former husband Hugh Masekela.

She actively campaigned against the South African system of apartheid.

As a result, the South African government revoked her citizenship and right of return. After the end of apartheid she returned home.

In 1963, after testifying against apartheid before the United Nations, her South African citizenship and her right to return to the country were revoked.

In her life, she held nine passports, and was granted honorary citizenship in ten countries.

She died on Nov 9, 2008 after performing in a concert in Italy organized to support writer Roberto Saviano. She was 76.

From Charlie Chaplin to Marie Curie, Google doodles have not only celebrated the birth anniversaries of great personalities, they have also made internet users know about important dates through the designs and animation.

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