Dorothy Masuka

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Dorothy Masuka
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Background information
Born(1935-09-03)3 September 1935[1]
Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
OriginZimbabwe
Died23 February 2019(2019-02-23) (aged 83)
Johannesburg, South Africa
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
Years active1951–2019

Dorothy Masuka (3 September 1935 – 23 February 2019) was a Zimbabwe-born South African jazz singer. Her song "Dr. Malan," was banned because she criticized apartheid. In 1961 she sang a song for Patrice Lumumba, which led to her exile.[2] Many of her songs are in the Ndebele language or Sindebele languages.

Masuka died on 23 February 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa from complications of hypertension, aged 83.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Zindi, Fred (22 March 2011). "Dorothy Masuka: Age-old inspiration". The Herald. Zimbabwe. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  2. 1952-, Sheldon, Kathleen E., (2005). Historical dictionary of women in Sub-Saharan Africa. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0810853310. OCLC 56967121.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. Veteran Zimbabwe Jazz Maestro Dorothy Masuka Dies: VOA Zimbabwe website. Retrieved on 23 February 2019.