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BREAKING NEWS: Singer Miriam Makeba dies aged 76

By bbc news
Late Miriam Makeba (Photo by Neal Preston/Corbis)
Late Miriam Makeba (Photo by Neal Preston/Corbis)

South African singing legend Miriam Makeba has died aged 76, after being taken ill in Italy.

She had just taken part in a concert near the southern town of Caserta, the Ansa news agency reported.

The concert was on behalf of Roberto Saviano, the author of an expose of the Camorra mafia whose life has subsequently been threatened.

Ms Makeba appeared on Paul Simon's Graceland tour in 1987 and in 1992 had a leading role in the film Sarafina!

Ms Makeba, known as Mama Africa, was born in Johannesburg in 1932 and was a leading symbol in the struggle against apartheid.