Today’s Google Doodle wants to get you ready to dance while celebrating what would have been the 81st birthday of singer and activist Miriam Makeba.
Known as “Mama Africa,” the South African popularized African music in the West over the course of her decades-long career. The Grammy winner also regularly spoke out against apartheid, leading South Africa to revoke her citizenship in 1960 for the next 30 years. In 1966 she became the first African to win a Grammy Award for her album with Harry Belafonte, An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba. She also notably – and controversially — joined Paul Simon on his Graceland Tour in 1985. She passed away in 2008 while on her own farewell tour.
Sadly, Google missed an opportunity to add some sound to today’s drawing (when you click anywhere on the screen, Google takes you to the search results for “Miriam Makeba”). Listen to “Pata Pata,” which hit No. 12 on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1967, below: