Miriam Makeba

1932 - 2008

Miriam Makeba

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. Born in Johannesburg to Swazi and Xhosa parents, Makeba was forced to find employment as a child after the death of her father. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Miriam Makeba has received more than 1,483,414 page views. Her biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 68th most popular singer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 1.5M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 65.98

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 66

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.93

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.44

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Miriam Makeba ranks 68 out of 3,001Before her are George Michael, Víctor Jara, Toto Cutugno, Florence Foster Jenkins, 50 Cent, and Stevie Wonder. After her are Anna Magdalena Bach, Jennifer Lopez, The Notorious B.I.G., Paul Anka, Johnny Hallyday, and Shakira.

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Among people born in 1932, Miriam Makeba ranks 24Before her are Camilo Cienfuegos, Fernando Botero, Víctor Jara, François Englert, Anouk Aimée, and Anthony Perkins. After her are Michel Legrand, Sylvia Plath, Ted Kennedy, Luc Montagnier, Roh Tae-woo, and Donald Rumsfeld. Among people deceased in 2008, Miriam Makeba ranks 17Before her are Samuel P. Huntington, Chinghiz Aitmatov, Hua Guofeng, Jørn Utzon, Harold Pinter, and Sydney Pollack. After her are Richard Widmark, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Willis Lamb, Richard Wright, Jules Dassin, and Roy Scheider.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Miriam Makeba ranks 10 out of 220Before her are Shaka (1787), Nadine Gordimer (1923), Sarah Baartman (1788), F. W. de Klerk (1936), Christiaan Barnard (1922), and Desmond Tutu (1931). After her are Elon Musk (1971), Paul Kruger (1825), Jacob Zuma (1942), Max Theiler (1899), Thabo Mbeki (1942), and P. W. Botha (1916).

Among SINGERS In South Africa

Among singers born in South Africa, Miriam Makeba ranks 1After her are Dave Matthews (1967), Yolandi Visser (1984), Brenda Fassie (1964), Shaun Morgan (1978), and Theuns Jordaan (1971).