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Biography:
 

The Mahotella Queens, Hilda Tloubatla, Mildred Mangxola, and Nobesethu Mbadu, are part of the legend of urban South African music known as mbaquanga. In the early 1960's, they helped the legendary Simon Nkabindé Mahlathini (the "Lion of Soweto") and the Makgona Tsothle Band create mbaqanga, a fusion of traditional South African tribal music (Zulu, Sotho, Shangaan and Xhosa) with marabi (South African jazz), blues, soul, and gospel.

Throughout the 1960's and 1970's, Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens played halls and township dances in South Africa. Their original sound was named the "indestructible beat of Soweto," and their rhythmic dance music and soaring vocal harmonies embodied the spirit of the oppressed peoples of the townships. The group took a break in the mid-1970's to raise families, but reunited with Malathini in 1987 for a successful tour of Europe and United States.

Following the tragic death of Mahlathini and the dissolution of the Makagona Tsothle Band in 1999, the Mahotella Queens struck out on their own with a national tour and released a recording entitled Sebai Bai. In 2000, they received the second annual WOMEX (Worldwide Music Expo) Award, presented for outstanding contribution to world music.

Selected discography:

  • Meet the Mahotella Queens (Gallo Record Company Motella LMO 101, 1966)
  • Let's Move with Makhona Tsohle Band (Gallo Record Company Motella LMO 104, 1967)
  • Isigubu Sabalozi (Gallo Record Company Gumba Gumba LMGG 5, 1969)
  • Indoda Mahlathini (Gallo Record Company Motella LMO 111, 1969)
  • Makgona Tsohle Reggi (Gallo Record Company Inkonkoni LNKO 2001, 1970)
  • Marks Umthakathi (Gallo Record Company Motella LPBS 9, 1972)
  • Marena (Gallo Record Company Motella LPBS 5, 1972)
  • Umculo Kawupheli (Gallo Record Company Gumba Gumba LPBS 20, 1974)
  • Phezulu Egqhudeni (Gallo Record Company 1975)
  • Best of the Mahotella Queens (Gallo Record Company 1977)
  • Izibani Zomgqashiyo (Gallo Record Company 1977)
  • Thatha Izimpahla Zakho (Teal Record Company Igagasi IAL 3004, 1980)
  • Tsamaya Moratuoa (Gallo Record Company Gumba Gumba BL 226, 1980)
  • Hamba Minyaka (Gallo Record Company Gumba Gumba BL 366, 1982)
  • Ezesimanje (Teal Record Company Hit Special IAL 3034, 1982)
  • Pitsa Tse Kgolo (Teal Record Company Hit Special HIL 2004, 1982)
  • Kotopo Vol 2 (Gallo Record Company Spades BL 460, 1983)
  • Mathaka Vol 1 (Gallo Record Company Spades BL 461, 1983)
  • Amaqhawe Omgqashiyo (Gallo Record Company Gumba Gumba BL 448, 1983)
  • Uhambo Lwami (Gallo Record Company Motella BL 396, 1983)
  • Tsa Lebowa (Teal Record Company Igagasi IAL 3096, 1983)
  • Dithoriso Tsa Morena (Gallo Record Company 1984)
  • Pheletsong Ya Lerato (Gallo Record Company Gumba Gumba BL 457, 1984)
  • Khwatha O Mone (Teal Record Company Hit Special IAL 4005, 1984)
  • Utshwala Begazati (Gallo Record Company 1985)
  • Ejerusalem Siyakhona (Gallo-GRC 1986)
  • Paris - Soweto (Gallo-GRC HUL 40314, 1987)
  • The Lion of Soweto (Earthworks/Stern's 1987)
  • Thokozile (Gallo-GRC BL 590, 1987)
  • Menate Ea Lefatse (CCP Record Company 1987)
  • Indodemnyama (Gallo-GRC 1987)
  • Melodi Yalla (Gallo-GRC BL 617, 1988)
  • Rhythm & Art (Gallo Record Company 1989)
  • The Best of Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens (Gallo Record Company CDHUL 40274, 1991)
  • Mbaqanga (Gallo Record Company BL 742, 1991)
  • Women of the World (Gallo Record Company CDGMP 40331, 1993)
  • King of the Groaners (Earthworks/Stern's 1993)
  • The Lion Roars (Shanachie Records 1993)
  • Stoki Stoki (Gallo Record Company CDGMP 40539, 1994)
  • Umuntu (Gallo Record Company CDGMP 40788, 1999)
  • Sebai Bai (Harmonia Mundi/Label Bleu/Gallo LBLC 2571, 2001)
  • The Best Of: The Township Idols (Wrasse Records WRASS098, 2003)
  • Bazobuya (Gallo Record Company GWVCD 53, 2004)
  • Kazet (Marabi Productions/AS Entertainment 2005)
  • Reign & Shine (African Cream Music/AS Entertainment ACM-CD 042, 2005)
  • Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens: The Hits (Gallo Record Company GMVCOM 1007, 2006)
  • Reign & Shine (Wrasse Records/AS Entertainment WRASS177, 2006)
  • Siyadumisa Songs of Praise, (Bula Music/AS Entertainment CDBULA 203, 2007)

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