Miriam Makeba's influence is such that Google has honoured Mama Africa with a one of its famous doodles today.
There are so many Miriam Makeba songs one could play, but Pata Pata, her first 'hit,' for which she won a Grammy, is still the one that seems to sum up her entire career. The joyful presentation, along with her unrestrained shout of joy at the 2 minute mark, perfectly encapsulates her entire career.
For politics, there was no stronger song in her repertoire than "Soweto Blues" written for her by her former-husband Hugh Masekela, a Civil Rights activist in his own right. This clip also describes her joy at being able to return to her homeland after so many years of forced exile.
Let's all remember how Miriam Makeba fought for the Civil Rights of all of us, whether you are Black, White, African, European, Jewish, Muslim, or 'Merkin.