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Sarah Sands defends nepotism among our ruling elites at a time when identification with mainstream politicians and journalists is at an all-time low and a mere 21.6 per cent of the electorate have voted for Britain's ruling party ("Don't knock nepotism. It's relatively harmless" 19 April).

Miriam Makeba: Singer banned from her native South Africa for fighting apartheid

'Retire? I will sing till the day I die" declared Miriam Makeba in her 2004 biography Makeba. True to her word, the most famous African woman of her generation – popularly known as "Mama Africa" – had just taken part in a concert in Italy in support of the writer Roberto Saviano on Sunday when she was taken ill.

Coming Soon: Seu Jorge leads the Latin invasion

Usually African bands get the lion's share of publicity from this round-up of imminent world music gigs, so let's redress the balance this time by keeping them out of the picture. Firstly, the Brazilian samba remodeller and Bowie covers artist Seu Jorge (pictured) is playing a string of dates beginning at the Belfast Festival (028- 9097 1197) on Wednesday, before moving on to other venues including the Roundhouse, London (0844 482 8008) on Thursday and Bristol's Colston Hall (0117-922 3686) on 3 November.

George Michael, Earls Court, London

When George Michael walked on to the stage at London's Earls Court, in one of the final dates of his two-year farewell tour, he told fans that they were lucky to see a show that he had practised 103 times. He was right: this was big-budget showmanship at its best.

George Michael plays "final" major shows

George Michael told British fans he was pleased to be home when he took to the stage for one of the final shows in his two-year 25 Live Tour. The singer also revealed he planned to release a Christmas single.

Album: Joan as Police Woman, To Survive (Reveal)

Just as Antony Hegarty first came to prominence as one of Lou Reed's backing singers, Joan Wasser started out as one of Antony and the Johnsons' backing singers before renaming herself Joan as Police Woman.

Album: Barb Jungr, Just Like a Woman (Hymn to Nina), (Linn)

Having established her reputation through unusual interpretations of songwriters such as Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan, the vocal stylist Barb Jungr turns her attention to Nina Simone.

Album: Barb Jungr, Just Like A Woman (Hymn To Nina) (Linn)

A vocal stylist acclaimed for her interpretations of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan, Barb Jungr here turns her attention to Nina Simone, with an album drawn from the late pianist’s repertoire.

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Peter Benedict Jolliffe, antiquarian bookseller and poet: born Trowbridge, Wiltshire 26 October 1947; died London 27 December 2007

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