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Dorothy Masuka

 

Dorothy Masuka was originally from Zimbabwe (or Rhodesia as it was then called) but spent her formative years in South Africa and stayed there after finishing school. Masuka began her recording career in 1951 singing her jazz-inflected marabai tunes.

Along with Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela, Masuka also performed in the travelling road show African Jazz and Variety and in the South African Broadway-style musical King Kong.

In the 1960s Masuka travelled to London and stayed in Kensington, but people in the U.K. weren't very interested in African music. Masuka performed whenever possible and played at the London Paladium and Wimbledon.

Masuka returned to Southern Africa in 1980, where she currently resides in Zimbabwe.


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