Dorothy Masuka Wiki, Dorothy Masuka Biography
Dorothy Masuka Wiki
Dorothy Masuka (born 3 September 1935) is a South African jazz singer.
She was born in Bulawayo, the fourth of seven children, and her mother was Zulu while her father was a Zambian hotel chef. Still, she attended a Catholic school deemed good by the standards of education allowed blacks. Her family moved to South Africa when she was 12 due to her health. By the time she was 19 she was touring in South Africa with singers she had admired as a girl.
Dorothy Masuka Music career
Masuka’s music was popular in South Africa throughout the 1950s, but when her songs became more serious, the government began questioning her. Her song “Dr. Malan,” mentioning difficult laws, was banned and in 1961 she sang a song for Patrice Lumumba, which led to her exile. This exile lasted 31 years in total during which she lived in Zambia and worked as a flight attendant. She returned to Zimbabwe in 1980 after independence Many of her songs are in the Ndebele language or Sindebele languages.
In August 2011, Dorothy Masuka and Mfundi Vundla, creator of the popular South African soap opera Generations, confirmed plans to make a film of Masuka’s life. The film would concentrate on the years 1952 to 1957.
On 27 April 2017 she featured in the concert “The Jazz Epistles featuring Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya” at The Town Hall, New York City, opening the show and delivering “one passionate performance after another, warming up and winning over the crowd”.
Dorothy Masuka Cause of Death
Veteran jazz musician Dorothy Masuka has died at the age of 83, her family confirmed.
Masuka had been suffering from complications related to hypertension after suffering a mild stroke last year.
“She was in the comfort of her home surrounded by her children and grandchildren,” said family spokesperson Fortune Hute.
Hute said that Masuka would be remembered for staying true to herself and her craft.
One of Masuka’s last stage performances was at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s funeral last year. On social media, tributes have been pouring in for Mam Masuka.