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Miriam Makeba

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Also Known As: Miriam Zensi Makeba Died: November 9, 2008
Born: March 4, 1932 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: South Africa Profession: Music ...


South African actress Miriam Makeba showed her talent on the Hollywood big screen, appearing in a long line of successful films. She appeared in a number of television specials, including "Graceland: The African Concert" (Showtime, 1986-87) and "Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebration" (Fox, 1987-88). She also landed roles in movies like the documentary "Come Back, Africa" (1959) with Zaccharia and the documentary "Bongo Man" (1981) with Jimmy Cliff. Makeba also contributed music to the Janis Joplin documentary "Monterey Pop" (1969). Her passion for acting continued to her roles in projects like "Have You Seen Drum Recently?" (1988), "Voices of Sarafina!" (1989) and the Leleti Khumalo dramatic adaptation "Sarafina!" (1992). Makeba also created music for "A Karim Na Sala" (1991). Nearing the end of her career, she tackled roles in the Muhammad Ali documentary "When We Were Kings" (1996), the Abdullah Ibrahim documentary "Amandla! A Revolution In Four-Part Harmony" (2003) and "Soul Power" (2009) with Muhammad Ali. Makeba was most recently credited in the sports drama "United Passions" (2015) with Tim Roth. Makeba also contributed music to the Anthony Hopkins dramatic period piece "Bobby" (2006) and "The Deal" (2008) with William H. Macy. Makeba passed away in November 2008 at the age of 76.

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