Google Doodle Celebrates Singer and Activist Miriam Makeba

Today’s Google Doodle is an homage to Miriam Makeba, the civil rights activist and singer from South Africa whose hit song, “Pata Pata,” peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 after it made its way to the U.S. in 1967.

Through her music, Makeba broke down cultural barriers (she embraced the nickname “The Click Song” as an English-friendly alternative to her rendition of a traditional Xhosa song, “Qongqothwane”) and fought against Apartheid, or racial segregation, in South Africa.

Follow the links below to hear some of her most popular songs on Spotify:

1. “Pata Pata

2. “Ha Po Zamani

3. “Mbube (Wimoweh)

4. “The Retreat Song

5. “The Click Song

The singer, who died in 2008, would have been 81 years old today. 

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