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Dorothy Masuka

Dorothy Masuka on Afternoon Express

Dorothy Masuka

Legendary jazz performer and political activist Dorothy Masuka visits the loft.

Today we celebrate the life of one of South Africa’s brightest stars, who has warmed our souls for more than half a century. Born in Zimbabwe in 1935, she spent her formative years here in South Africa and was swept up into the music scene at the tender age of 16. Through her music, she has campaigned for the liberation of the African people and has lived through some of the most significant and triumphant times in the history of our continent. Joining us on the couch, leading up to her 80th birthday, is the legendary Afro-Jazz singer, Dorothy Masuka.

Dorothy Masuka, the consummate artist, refined composer and poetic songwriter, has made a major contribution to the corpus of popular songs on the continent. Over more than half a century, she has served as the inspiration for scores of emerging singers and contributed significantly in combating the apartheid regime and ideology through her cultural work. She remains a true icon of African culture and song.

Masuka lives in Yeoville, Johannesburg. She continues to record and perform locally and abroad. She was inducted into the American Hall of Fame in 2002.

Dorothy Masuka on Afternoon Express

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