“I look at a stream and I see myself: a native South African, flowing irresistibly over hard obstacles until they become smooth and, one day, disappear – flowing from an origin that has been forgotten toward an end that will never be.” – Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba was a Grammy Award-winning SA singer and civil rights activist. During the 1960s she was the first artist from Africa to popularise African music around the world. Makeba campaigned against the South African system of apartheid. The South African government responded by revoking her passport in 1960 and her citizenship and right of return in 1963. As the apartheid system crumbled she returned home for the first time in 1990.