Grammy Award winner and South African civil rights activist Miriam Makeba, also known as “Mama Africa,” would have turned 82 today. Makeba’s passport was revoked in 1960 after she appeared in the anti-apartheid documentary Come Back, Africa, and she didn’t return to her home country until 1990, following Nelson Mandela’s release from Robben Island.
In honor of Makeba’s remarkable life, have a listen to her version of the Israeli classic “Erev Shel Shoshanim (Evening of Roses)” from her 1965 album, The Magic of Makeba:
Plus, bonus track! A fabulous jazzy cover of “Sunrise, Sunset”: