Mahotella Queens Artist Profile | AAE Music
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Years Active: 1964–1972 (original line-up)1972–1987 (new membership)1987–present (trio of original line-up)

With a style of music they call Mbaqanga, The Mahotella Queens (Nobesthutu Mbada, Hilda Tloubatla and Mildred Mangxola) have become South Africa's most successful vocal group through their combination of traditional songs with high energy, funky, dance-oriented music.

The Mahotella Queens first came to prominence in the 1960s as backing singers for the 'Lion of Soweto' Mahlathini. As well as recording with Mahlathini, they released a number of albums in their own right.

They were able to use their fame to become highly influential figures in the fight against apartheid.The death of Mahlathini in 2000 lead to them recording the album Sebai Bai in his honour. This album brought them even greater international attention and the Womex award.

Now in their 60s, The Mahotella Queens still record and regularly tour with their compatriots Ladysmith Black Mambazo.


Mahotella Queens performs a cappella music and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, or other music performances. The estimated booking fee range to book Mahotella Queens for your event, Please Contact. Mahotella Queens has more than 28.9K listeners worldwide and really knows how to entertain your audience. Similar artists are  Vusi Mahlasela, Oliver Mtukudzi, Thomas Mapfumo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Nahawa Doumbia, Geoffrey Oryema . Contact AAE Music agency for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Mahotella Queens for an upcoming event.

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