Lest we forget, this imposing diva with the larger-than-life persona.
Despite her lifelong claim that she was not a political singer, she became “Mama Africa” with an activist’s tenacity and a musician’s ear. She took a stand against apartheid and racism. denouncing apartheid in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in 1963. She became the first African artist to win a Grammy Award in 1966 for her album with Harry Belafonte ,An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba. The album touched on a range of issues faced by black South Africans under the racially discriminatory apartheid regime.