Interesting Facts About Mahotella Queens.
The Mahotella Queens is a South African female group formed in 1964 by music producer Rupert Bopape. Originally a studio recording group consisting of around five or six singers, the current line-up of the Queens comprises Hilda Tloubatla, Nobesuthu Mbadu and Amanda Nkosi . The group is noted for their distinct vocal harmony sound, guitar-led mbaqanga music and fast-paced stage dancing.
#1.Bopape was a talent scout and producer at the independent Gallo Africa ‘s then-subsidiary dedicated to black music, Mavuthela Music Company. He formed the Mahotella Queens as the company’s resident girl group and the ensemble, often led by the deep-voiced male vocals of Simon ‘Mahlathini’ Nkabinde, went on to have many hit records during the 1960s.
#2The group would have hit singles throughout the 1960s including “Thoko”, “Sithunyiwe”, “Pitsa Tse Kgolo”, “Ngikhala Ngiyabaleka” and “Izulu Liyaduduma”. Some of their most successful singles were compiled onto albums such as Meet the Mahotella Queens (their first LP), Indoda Mahlathini , Marena, Marks Umthakathi and Umculo Kawupheli.
#3In 1972, Mahlathini and several of the Queens members departed the group following royalty disputes with Rupert Bopape. Many of the members joined rival groups such as
Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje.
#4The Mahotella Queens continued to record and perform successfully throughout the 1970s, on many occasions in combination with groaner Robert ‘Mbazo’ Mkhize , who was also the lead vocalist of Mavuthela’s successful male group
#5Due to health problems stemming from a long-standing diabetic condition, Mahlathini gave his last performance with the Mahotella Queens in 1997. The year after, former producer West Nkosi was killed in a car crash.
#6In 2005, the Queens released Reign & Shine, another album that departed from their usual sound, featuring a cappella performances backed by traditional percussionist Veli Shabangu and sporadic guitar from their backing band. Accompanied by Shabangu, the group toured the United Kingdom as the support act for Ladysmith Black Mambazo between May and June 2006. In combination with their complete backing band, the Queens also headlined WOMAD 2006 in July.
#7In 2007, the Mahotella Queens released a gospel album titled Siyadumisa . The recording featured modern versions of traditional Zulu hymns.  The group completed a tour of Europe on 25 August 2007  in which they performed their new material at various WOMAD festivals. The Queens also performed at venues in South Africa during late 2007 and 2008.
#8The Queens appeared as part of Pee Wee Ellis’s show Still Black, Still Proud: An African Tribute to James Brown during 2010. South African jazz artist Hugh Masekela joined forces with the Mahotella Queens for a special UK tour for November 2010. Their performance in London’s Southbank Centre was completely sold out.
#9In 2013, the Mahotella Queens took part in a competition to find the theme song for the MTN 8 football tournament. They recorded a modern version of one of their most well-known hits, “Gazette/Kazet”, accompanied by male singer Zamo and Kwaito star Brickz .
10.In 2016 the group returned to mainstream success after being featured on rapper Cassper Nyovest ‘s hit “Malome”.
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By: Busi Thabi