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by Dorothy Masuka
Dorothy Masuka (1935 to 2019) was a Zimbabwean-born South African 'jazz' singer. Dorothy Masuka was born on September 3rd 1935 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (then called Southern Rhodesia). The fourth of seven children, her mother was of Zulu ancestry and her father from Zambia. Despite this, she attended a Catholic school deemed good by the standards of education allowed for blacks at that time. Her family moved to South Africa when she was 12 due to her health issues, but by the time she was 19 she was touring in South Africa alongside singers she had once admired as a girl. Her music became popular in that part of Africa throughout the 1950s, but when her songs tackled more serious issues, she came under intense Rhodesian government scrutiny (for instance, her song "Dr. Malan" was about some controversial laws of the period). When she then sang a song especially for the prominent government opponent Patrice Lumumba in 1961, she was forcibly exiled from the country. This lasted 31 years in total, during which time she lived in Zambia and worked as a flight attendant, before returning to the newly-named Zimbabwe in 1980, following the country's successful campaign for independence. During her career, many of her songs were recorded and performed in the Ndebele and Sindebele languages, and in August 2011 the 'soap opera' maker Mfundi Vundla released "Mama Africa", a film about her life which concentrated on the years 1952 to 1957 and featured archive footage of herself as a young lady. In April 2017, she featured in the show "The Jazz Epistles featuring Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya" at The Town Hall, New York City, USA, opening the show to a great reception. Dorothy Masuka died in Johannesburg on February 23rd 2019, aged 83.
Posted: 30th March 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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