African music pioneer Miriam Makeba died at the weekend, at the age of 76. The South African singer suffered a heart attack, after playing a concert in Italy, reports Pitchfork.

Makeba began her career in the '50s as a backing singer, and took part in an anti-apartheid documentary called 'Come Back, Africa', which saw her exiled from South Africa.

She later moved to America, where she collaborated with Harry Belafonte on the album 'An Evening with Makeba/Belafonte', which saw her win a Grammy award (the first African woman to do so).

She had a long and illustrious career which saw her gain the title 'Mama Afrika'. She returned to South Africa in 1990 at Nelson Mandela's request.