Mahotella Queens

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Birth Place: Johannesburg, South Africa
Years Active: 1964-1971 (five ladies), 1971-1982 (new group of five ladies), 1983-1985 (reunion of five original ladies), 1986-present (three of original five)
Genres: Mbaqanga, Mgqashiyo

The Mahotella Queens are a South African singing group formed in 1964 (and still together today) comprising Hilda Tloubatla, Nobesuthu Mbadu and Mildred Mangxola. The group is noted for their clear three-part harmonies, Mbaqanga township music and fast-paced mgqashiyo dancing. The Queens were formed by the famed South African talent scout Rupert Bopape, at Gallo Record Company, in 1964, and would go on to have many hits at Gallo's African music division, Mavuthela. Throughout the 1960s, the Queens' line-up usually comprised Hilda Tloubatla, Juliet Mazamisa, Ethel Mngomezulu, Nobesuthu Mbadu and Mildred Mangxola. They were backed by the Mavuthela house band, the Makhona Tsohle Band (comprisi... Continue Bio >>

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