Google doodles South Africa’s Miriam Makeba on her 81st birthday via (Wash Post Blog)
Today, Google pays tribute to the late and great Makeba on what would have been her 81st birthday. A richly tinted Doodle depicts the anti-apartheid icon in stylish profile, wearing her traditional clothes, backdropped by the company’s logo set against earth tones.
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The illustration’s profile captures the passion of Makeba in performance — the magic of her music that she first realized, as a Johannesburg-born girl in the ‘30s, might have the power to lift her out of poverty. It was that captivating gift of voice that — tuned to traditional South African song as well as jazz and pop and folk — would carry her from ‘50s groups like the Manhattan Brothers and the Skylarks through to the attention of supporter Harry Belafonte, who helped bring her to New York and wider attention.

Read the full article by Michael Cavna on the Washington Post Blog here.

Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.
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