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Masuka, Dorothy


  • [Individual was an Afropop Hall of Fame inductee and an Order of Ikhamanga in Silver awardee.]

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  • Variants

    • Auntie Dorothy
    • Aunty Dot
    • Dorothy, Auntie
    • Dot, Aunty
    • Sis Do
    • Masuku, Dorothy
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1935-09-03
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 2019-02-23
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Troubadour Records (Firm)
        • Organization: Golden Rhythm Crooners (Musical group)
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Johannesburg (South Africa)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) Zimbabwe
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        (naf) South Africa
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        (naf) New York (N.Y.)
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        (naf) London (England)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) Zambia
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        (naf) Malawi
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        (naf) Tanzania
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        (naf) Uganda
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        (naf) Kenya
    • Gender

        female
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  • Sources

    • found: Mango, 1992:label (Dorothy Masuka)
    • found: Int. dict. of Black composers, 1999(Masuko, Dorothy; b. 1935, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe; popularly known as Aunty Dot or Sis Do)
    • found: African musicians profiles website, viewed Sep. 4, 2013(Dorothy Masuka; father originally from Zambia, her mother was Zulu; family moved to South Africa when she was 12 and she attended school in Johannesburg; performed in exile in Malawi and Tanzania in 1960s and 1970s)
    • found: BBC, Music website, Dorothy Masuka: the definitive collection, released 2002, viewed Sep. 4, 2013("Auntie Dorothy"; technically Zimbabwean; many of her well-known songs are in Ndebele language, similar to Kwazulu)
    • found: Dictionary of African Biography, accessed February 21, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database:(Masuka, Dorothy; Dorothy 'Notsokolo' Masuka; composer, arranger, popular singer; born in 1935 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe; recorded with Troubadour Records, Johannesburg (1952); rose to fame with the Golden Rhythm Crooners; released Hamba Notsokolo (1950s); composed her own songs; reinvigorated career through album Pata Pata (1990); received the greatest acclaim with archival re-release of biggest hits on album Hamba Notsokolo (1995); was inducted into the Afropop Hall of Fame, New York (2002); received Order of Ikhamanga in Silver by the Presidency of South Africa (2006))
    • found: New York times WWW site, viewed Feb. 28, 2019(in obituary published Feb. 27: Dorothy Masuka; b. Dorothy Masuku, Sept. 3, 1935, Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe); her name was misspelled Masuka on some early records, and the mistake stuck; d. Saturday [Feb. 23, 2019], Johannesburg, aged 83; vocalist and songwriter who blazed a trail for female pop stars in South Africa and became a dogged advocate of the struggle against apartheid; in 1961 she recorded Lumumba, addressing the assassination of the Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba; South African authorities tried to seize all copies of the record, and Ms. Masuka went into exile for more than 30 years; for a few years she traveled widely, performing on behalf of independence movements in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya; lived briefly in New York and London, supported by A.N.C. sympathizers, before settling down in Zambia with her children; returned to live in Zimbabwe after it gained independence in 1980; moved back to Johannesburg in 1992, when apartheid was crumbling; considered a national hero in both South Africa and Zimbabwe, though she resisted aligning herself with any single country)
  • General Notes

    • [Individual was an Afropop Hall of Fame inductee and an Order of Ikhamanga in Silver awardee.]
  • Change Notes

    • 1994-09-20: new
    • 2019-02-28: revised
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