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INTERNATIONAL: 'Mama Africa' Makeba dies at 76.

South African anti-apartheid singer Miriam Makeba has died aged 76 after being taken ill during a concert in Italy.

Makeba, known to fans worldwide as "Mama Africa", was an international symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle.

Francesco Nuzzo, mayor of Pineta, saidMakeba collapsed on Sunday night after performing at a concert against organized crime, which has been blamed for the September massacre of six immigrants from Ghana. Makeba left South Africa in 1959. She lived in exile for 31 years before having an emotional homecoming in Johannesburg in 1990.

Makeba, wooed the world with her sultry voice. In her dazzling career, Makeba performed with musical legends from around the world - jazz maestros Nina Simone and Dizzy Gillespie, - and sang for world leaders such as John F.

Kennedy and Nelson Mandela.

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