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 Last month, Miriam Makeba; today Odetta; music icons lost

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Diana Prince
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

not sure if anybody here besides me is grieving, but Odetta was a wonderful singer and civil rights advocate . . .

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http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1863667,00.html?imw=Y

“Odetta: Soul-Stirrer, 1930-2008
By Richard Corliss Wednesday, Dec. 03, 2008

Rosa Parks was her No. 1 fan, and Martin Luther King Jr., called her the queen of American folk music. Odetta's stage presence was regal enough: planted on stage like an oak tree no one would dare cut down, wearing a guitar high on her chest, she could envelop Carnegie Hall with her powerful contralto as other vocalists might fill a phone booth. This was not some pruny European monarch but a stout, imperious queen of African-American music. She used that amazing instrument to bear witness to the pain and perseverance of her ancestors. Some folks sing songs. Odetta testified. . . . “
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