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  1. #51
    Quote Originally Posted by sansradio View Post
    I had the great good fortune to meet and get an autograph from Mr. Masekela after a concert in my college days. He was the most accessible, down-to-earth man. On the bill and backstage with him was Miriam Makeba. She looked so exhausted that I didn’t have the heart to bother her.
    I loved her, too. Both were among the first names to bring authentic African musical sensibilities to the musical world stage. I became a fan of musicians like Fela Kuti, Oliver Mtukudzi, Glenn Storm, Johnny Clegg and Juluka and Malopoets later (mostly after being exposed to African pop on Malcolm McLaren's classic Duck Rock lp) but my first taste of that beautiful soul was thanks to Hugh and Miriam.

    By the way, the Google Doodle didn't paste in my earlier post, so here it is:

  2. #52
    March 4, 2013
    Miriam Makeba's 81st Birthday


    South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba was born in 1932 in Johannesburg. Unfortunately, her early life was marred by tragedy and hardship; when she was just 18 days old, her mother was sent to pr ison and Makeba went with her. Makeba later lived with her grandmother in Pretoria and joined her church and school choirs. In the 1950s, she moved to Sophiatown, where music filled the streets — big band, African jazz, and anything else that moved people to sing. Thanks to her musical talent, by the end of the decade, she had made a name for herself throughout the country.
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  3. #53
    BTW, Jerry and others, I find that Google Doodle doesn't consistently link the
    animation or video behind the doodle. One day it's there, and then
    it's not. Sometimes, also, the doodle is too large to post here.
    So I have to find a smaller rendition, if I can.

    Most doodles have an opportunity to "share" them to Facebook or Twitter
    or email them to someone (with a little envelope icon.) I often email the
    doodle to myself and download the doodle. Then when I post the info,
    I "insert image" (small square icon above) rather than copy and paste the
    doodle, it usually fits well.

    Happy to read your comments. Nina
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  4. #54
    May 21, 2020
    Celebrating Mbira

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    Today’s interactive Doodle celebrates Zimbabwe’s national instrument, the mbira, as Zimbabwe’s Culture Week begins. Try your own hand at this instrument that has been played for over 1,000 years, while experiencing a story as told through the lens of a Zimbabwean girl who learns to play the mbira.
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  5. #55
    Additions to previous posts (explained in post #53 -- sort of):

    Hugh Masekela

    Audra Lorde

    Jacques Brel
    (This one's has no sound or video, but there's additional text supplied with the doodle.)
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  6. #56
    February 22, 2021
    Zitkala-Sa's 145th Birthday!

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    Today’s Doodle—illustrated by American Indian guest artist of Osage, Kaw, Cheyenne River Sioux, and European heritage, Chris Pappan—celebrates the 145th birthday of writer, musician, teacher, composer, and suffragist Zitkala-Ša, a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota (Ihanktonwan Dakota Oyate or “People of the End Village”).

  7. #57

    In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.

  8. #58
    November 4, 2019
    Will Rogers’ 140th Birthday


    In honor of Native American Indian Heritage Month, today’s animated Doodle celebrates the plainspoken American Indian actor, humorist, author, filmmaker, and public personality Will Rogers, who famously remarked, “I never met a man I didn’t like.” Born on this day in 1879 at Rogers Ranch in Oologah, Cherokee Territory, the entertainer became known as “America's Cowboy Philosopher.
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  9. #59
    June 15, 2019
    Celebrating the Jingle Dress Dance

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    Dancers move in unison and a sound fills the air, like raindrops falling on a tin roof. Today’s Doodle by Ojibwe guest artist Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley celebrates the Jingle Dress Dance, which originated during the 1920s amongst the Ojibwe tribe somewhere between Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ontario. The dance lives on today, notably in events such as the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Grand Celebration Pow Wow this weekend in Hinckley, Minnesota.
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  10. #60
    7 April 2016
    Pandit Ravi Shankar’s 96th birthday

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    Today we celebrate Pandit Ravi Shankar, who was born 96 years ago today. Shankar evangelized the use of Indian instruments in Western music, introducing the atmospheric hum of the sitar to audiences worldwide. He performed frequently with the violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and composed a concerto with sitar for the London Symphony Orchestra. Shankar also taught George Harrison of the Beatles how to play the sitar, and widely influenced popular music in the 1960s and 70s.
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  11. #61
    22 September 2004
    Ray Charles' 74th Birthday

    Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray." He was often referred to as "The Genius." Charles was blinded during childhood due to glaucoma.
    Charles pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s by combining blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic. He contributed to the integration of country music, rhythm and blues, and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, notably with his two Modern Sounds albums.While he was with ABC, Charles became one of the first Black musicians to be granted artistic control by a mainstream record company.

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  12. #62
    1 April 2013
    Wangari Maathai's 73rd Birthday

    In 1971, Wangari Maathai received a Ph.D., effectively becoming the first woman in either East or Central Africa to earn a doctorate. She was elected to Kenya's National Assembly in 2002 and has written several books and scholarly articles. She won the Nobel Peace Prize for her "holistic approach to sustainable development that embraces democracy, human rights, and women's rights in particular."

    September 25, 2011
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  13. #63
    28 November 2020
    Celebrating Henri Salvador

    In honor of a French entertainer par excellence, today’s Doodle, illustrated by Toulouse, France-based guest artist Sébastien Gravouil, celebrates multi-talented singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and comedian Henri Salvador. Salvador established himself as a beloved French figure across a seven-decade career and is widely credited with helping to introduce rock ‘n’ roll to France. On this day in 2000, he received the prestigious Prix in honorem award from France’s Charles Cros Academy. Today’s Doodle artwork highlights Salvador’s wide-ranging contributions to French culture, including his beloved rock ‘n’ roll music, children’s lullabies, and animated character voice overs.

    (18 July 1917 – 13 February 2008)

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  14. #64
    31 January 2013
    Jackie Robinson's 94th Birthday

    Jack Roosevelt Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
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  15. #65
    31 January 2012
    Atahualpa Yupanqui's 104th Birthday

    Atahualpa Yupanqui (Spanish pronunciation: [ataˈwalpa ʃuˈpaŋki]; born Héctor Roberto Chavero Aramburu; 31 January 1908 – 23 May 1992) was an Argentine singer, songwriter, guitarist, and writer. He is considered the most important Argentine folk musician.

  16. #66
    13 Sept 2016
    Yma Sumac’s 94th birthday

    Born Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo in the mountains of Peru, Yma Sumac, or the “Peruvian songbird,” came into the world on this day in 1922. As a young girl, Yma would sing to rocks on her mountainside home, pretending they were her audience. As a teenager, Yma’s audience became very real when she was invited to sing on an Argentine radio station. After that moment, her astonishing five-octave vocal range captivated audiences in South America and beyond.
    Yma arrived in the United States in 1946 and was signed by Capitol Records shortly after. During her 1950s prime, she sung at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Royal Albert Hall - to name a few.
    Here’s to Yma, whose captivating voice will always be remembered.
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  17. #67
    12 Aug 2018
    Mario Moreno 'Cantinflas' 107th Birthday

    With a twitch of his slender mustache and a burst of witty doublespeak, Cantinflas captured the hearts of film audiences all over Mexico, where he appeared in some four dozen films beginning in1937. The rest of the world discovered his talents as David Niven’s bumbling valet in the 1956 film Around the World in 80 Days. He eventually became beloved by filmgoers and people of all generations across Latin America not just for his work as a comedic actor/singer/writer/producer, but for his philanthropy as well.

  18. #68
    31 October 2020
    Eloísa Angulo’s 101st Birthday

    Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Lima, Peru-based guest artist
    Lucía Coz, celebrates the 101st birthday of Peruvian Creole singer Eloísa Angulo, known by many as “Sovereign of the Creole Song.” A blend of Spanish, African, and native Andean influences, música criolla (Creole music) remains a vibrant symbol of the rich culture and heritage of coastal Peru, and Angulo is among the genre’s most treasured performers.

  19. #69
    14 October 2020
    Celebrating Claudia Jones

    Today’s Doodle commemorates Trinidad-born activist, feminist, journalist, orator, and community organizer Claudia Jones. Among her groundbreaking accomplishments, Jones founded and served as the editor-in-chief for the West Indian Gazette and Afro-Asian Caribbean News—Britain’s first, major Black newspaper. Through its global news coverage, the Gazette aimed to unify the Black community in the worldwide battle against discrimination. The publication also provided a platform for Jones to organize Britain’s first Caribbean carnival in 1959, which is widely credited as the precursor to today’s annual celebration of Caribbean culture known as the Notting Hill Carnival. On this day in 2008, Jones was honored with a Great British Stamp in the “Women of Distinction” series to commemorate her lifetime of pioneering activism
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  20. #70
    17 September 2020
    Mandawuy Yunupingu's 64th birthday

    Today’s Doodle celebrates musician, educator, and civil rights activist Mandawuy Yunupingu. In addition to starting the internationally acclaimed band Yothu Yindi, whose powerful music spread traditional Indigenous sounds around the world, Yunupingu was the first Indigenous Australian to be appointed a school principal in the country.
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  21. #71
    21 Jan 2013
    Dr Martin Luther King Day 2013

  22. #72
    18 Jul 2018
    Kurt Masur’s 91st Birthday

    Born in the Prussian town of Brieg (now in Poland), Masur studied music and trained as a pianist, organist, cellist, and percussionist in East Germany. A damaged tendon in his right hand at the age of 16 ended his playing career, but propelled Masur to concentrate on conducting.

    Beyond numerous musical distinctions and titles, Mazur received global cultural and humanitarian honors including Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor from the French government, New York City Cultural Ambassador, Commander Cross of Merit of the Polish Republic, Honorary Citizen of Brieg, the Leo Baeck Medal for promoting tolerance and social justice, and a Goldene Henne award for public policy work.

    The maestro is remembered for his belief in the power of music to “bring humanity closer together,” especially when he led the New York Philharmonic in a performance of Brahm’s German Requiem in a nationally televised memorial for the 9/11 attacks.

  23. #73
    21 Sept 2018
    Celebrating Mister Rogers


    “Through television we have a great chance to show and tell our children that they really matter, even when they’re very little…We have a chance to communicate the fact that childhood lies at the very basis of who people are and who they become.” –Fred Rogers
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  24. #74
    16 Oct 2018
    Lachhu Maharaj’s 74th Birthday

    Lachhu Maharaj was best known for his inherent sense of rhythm which was best exemplified in his solo performances. Even though he played alongside nearly all the greatest tabla players of his time, his solo performance are the most remembered. Girija Devi, whom he often collaborated with, claimed that “he would play for hours without repeating himself, new gats, tukras and parans, leaving his audiences awestruck.”
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  25. #75
    17 Oct 2018
    Chiquinha Gonzaga’s 171st Birthday

    Born on this day in Rio de Janeiro in, 1847, Francisca Edwiges Neves Gonzaga (famously known as Chiquinha Gonzaga) showed an affinity for music from childhood. Playing the piano by age 11, she studied music with the maestro Elias Álvares Lobo. When she was 16, her parents insisted she enter an arranged marriage, which ended after her husband insisted she devote herself either to him or to music. At a time when independent women faced major social pressure, Gonzaga sacrificed everything to follow her musical ambitions. She would go on to become the first female conductor in South America and one of the most important figures in Brazilian music history.
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  26. #76
    28 Oct 2018
    39th Anniversary of the MassKara Festival

    Today’s Doodle marks the 39th anniversary of the MassKara festival in the Philippines, a popular celebration known for its vibrant masks, feathers, costumes (like the one’s seen in Today’s Doodle) and dancing on the streets.

    While the festival is at its peak on this particular day, it is a month-long celebration that includes, in addition to street dancing and singing, contests for pig-chasing, pole-climbing, and fireworks shows.
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  27. #77
    2 Mar 2019
    Desi Arnaz’s 102nd Birthday

    Today’s Doodle celebrates the life and legacy of Desi Arnaz, the Cuban-born American actor, musician, comedian, and producer best known for playing Ricky Ricardo in the 1950s hit sitcom I Love Lucy.

  28. #78
    1 February 2016
    Celebrating Frederick Douglass

    Born Frederick Bailey in Maryland in February 1818, Frederick Douglass was the son of an enslaved woman and an unknown white father. His early life was spent on a plantation. However, when Douglass was eight years old, he was sent to Baltimore to work for the family of Hugh and Sophia Auld. In the Auld household, he learned a very valuable and life-changing lesson: education was the key to his freedom.
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