Madosini SOUTH AFRICA

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Manqina Madosini Latozi was born in Umtata, in a village called Mqhekezweni in the Eastern Cape. Since being known in the whole of Mpondoland as the greatest musician of the time, news of Madosini went as far as Johannesburg and a search for her talents was launched. After a few years, one of her nephews who went to the mines as a migrant worker came back after his contract expired. He told her that he had heard one of her songs being played in a music shop in the heart of Johannesburg.

Albums:

  1. Power to the Women

Again in the mid-eighties one of her songs, Nozimanga (Uthando Luphelile), was used as a backing track on the then Radio Xhosa drama series, Aah Nasizwe! Being illiterate and lacking the means, Madosini never pursued the matter. Her only hope was that time would tell. Great sounds, songs, times and memories are recalled when Madosini is giving a bit of the story of her life. She would say to you in Utando Luphelile "My son ! Love has disappeared nowadays since money became the living thing. Modernism has taken us by surprise. Go anywhere in the world and you will find that people are hopeless, there is no self-reliance. People would just go past you without even saying hello. What is life then ? There is total destruction of mother nature through the lack of communication, in short no love. In 1995 Madosini was visited by Dizu Plaatjies and Mzwandile Qotoyi Who invited her to work together on the recording of an indigenous album complimented by members of AMAMPONDO and Cuban master Congalero Changuito. Madosini's solo album Power To the Women (BW108) was released to great acclaim and firmly placed her amongst the remarkable stars of World Music. Madosini has sinced toured the globe with Amampondo and more recently she attended a series of WOMAD festivals accross the world.Madosini:s music is used on many documentaries and films and samples of her music are used by popular groups - however one thing has changed - Madosini is now getting paid ! In 2008, Madosini performed at the WOMAD festival, and was the first person to be recorded and documented in the festival's Musical Elders Archives project.