Afro pop music
Miriam Makeba, one of the famous singers to emerge from the African continent, is often credited with being instrumental to Afro pop music's rapid growth, particularly during the 1960s. Most of her songs revolved around the notions of freedom and equality. William Ruhlmann of AllMusic, while reviewing Makeba's debut eponymous album, described her as a "black singer with an exotic, folk-based repertoire who could translate her music into a sophisticated club act." Her first major breakthrough in the United States came in 1967, when "Pata Pata" reached No. 12 on the U.S. Billboard charts. She has been identified as "the Empress of African Song", "Mama Africa" and "the Mother of Afropop".
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