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The Honourable Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports has expressed regret at the passing of the legendary South African singer and activist, Miriam Makeba.
According to Minister Grange, “Miriam Makeba who was a staunch opponent of the apartheid system, was a perfect example of someone who used her talent to support her stance. She did not hesitate through her music and pronouncements to hit out against the racist regime in South Africa for which she paid the price of being exiled.”
Miss Grange said it was fitting that after the fall of apartheid Ms. Makeba was invited to return to her homeland by President Nelson Mandela and did so.
“Those of us in the world who loved her and her music, songs such as “The Click Song” and “Pata Pata”, feel a huge sense of loss but we are comforted by the fact that she spent her last hours doing what meant the most to her, performing on stage and performing for a good cause.”
Minister Grange extended condolences to family and friends of Miriam Makeba and to the people of South Africa on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica.
Miriam Makeba died of a heart attack shortly after a concert in which she performed in Italy on November 9. She was 76.