ethnomusicology, r.i.p.

A sad two days in music.

Miriam Makeba passed away on Monday. She was one of the greatest singers to come out of South Africa, and also one of the strongest voices against apartheid. She had a heart attack as she was leaving the stage after a performance Monday night.
If you are not familiar with South African music, I’d suggest checking it out. I love how rich and soulful the music is, and it was Miriam Makeba and Ladysmith Black Mambazo (both of whom worked with Paul Simon) who gave me my first taste of it. This video is of Miriam at the Graceland concert:

Today Mitch Mitchell, drummer of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, passed away at 61. He was the last surviving member of the band, and he wasn’t even that old. At least now the Experience is reunited. R.I.P. Mitch.

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