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The Mahotella Queens
The Mahotella Queens
The Mahotella Queens

The Mahotella Queens
@ the Royal Festival Hall
1 2 November 2010

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The Mahotella Queens are part of the legend of the urban South African music that helped create what is known as Mbaquanga. Mbaquanga: a fusion of traditional South African tribal music with Marabi (South African jazz), blues, soul, and gospel.

The Mahotella Queens were established in the 1960’s as a harmony group and were fronted by legendary Simon Nkabindé Mahlathini. The group performed all over southern Africa, becoming the idols of the townships by the end of the sixties. The “Queens” represent the South African township style with absolute perfection and their music started to embody the spirit of the oppressed peoples of the townships and was dubbed the “Indestructible beat of Soweto”.

In 2000, they received the second annual WOMEX Award, presented for outstanding contribution to World Music. At the award ceremony, it was said that “the Mahotella Queens represent so much of what is the best in the music of South Africa: the finely honed art of passionate singing, the latticework of funky rhythms, and the breathtaking art of spectacular live performance.”

Most recently, they appeared on the “1 Giant Leap” album to great acclaim and now tour the world extensively.

The Mahotella Queens

The Mahotella Queens

The Mahotella Queens



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