Makeba, affectionately known as Mama Africa, died of a heart attack during a concert in Italy in 2008.
Her grandchild Zenzi Makeba said on Thursday that it had been a tough decade without her greatest support system.
“I lost my mother, her only child, just before I turned 13 and so my grandmother raised me. There are so many memories she left me with but the one thing I will take with me is how she taught me to love and respect myself, deal with things hands on and fight for justice," Zenzi said:
“Even though losing my mother was painful, I am honoured to have had the privilege of being raised by grandma. I really miss and love her. It gets so much harder especially at this time of the year.”