Jazz Veteran Dorothy Masuka dies at age 83

Masuka was born into a large family of seven children, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She moved to South Africa with her family when she was 12-years-old. Her music career thrived in the 1950’s. She is the woman behind the popular Miriam Makeba hit Pata Pata, which was composed by Jonas Gwangwa.

Her hit songs include the popular Hamba Nontsokolo, MaGumede and Khauleza.

President Cyril Ramaphosa sent his condolences to the family of the jazz performer, composer and recipient of the National Order of Ikhamanga.

“The passing is a significant loss to the cultural heritage of South Africa and the continent.

Dorothy Masuka passed away on Saturday 23 February 2019 after more than 50 years of being feted globally as an artist whose performances also directed the spotlight at the injustices of apartheid.”



President Ramaphosa offered his condolences to Mama Dorothy’s family and friends in South Africa and elsewhere.

Masuka was an active member of the Living Legends Trust started by the Department of Arts and Culture in 2015.

Family spokesperson Fortune Hute said Mama D, as she was affectionately known, passed away in the comfort of her home in Joburg South surrounded by family.

“She was struggling with hypertension since July last year.”

The family will release details of a memorial service and funeral arrangements.

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