Monday, June 17, 2013

Madosini Latozi Mpahleni

Latozi Mpahleni better known as Madosini was born in 1922 in the Eastern Cape Province. She has, since she was recorded for the first time in the late 1970 become famous as a specialist player of the Uhadi (music bow), Umrhubhe (mouth bow) and the Isitolotolo (jew’s harp). Madosini plays in the traditional styles of the amaMpondo but composes her own songs and music and has over the years participated in many a festival, both in SA and overseas.
Madosini, known in Mpondoland as ‘the Veteran’, has devoted her life to keeping alive the musical tradition of her people. Her music is unique not just in its scope but in the variety and range of feelings it evokes. A legend amongst her people also as a story teller, Madosini ought really be treated as a living national cultural treasure, instead she is known only to a select few. She has succeeded not only in preserving her culture, but also in being continuously creative in the unique style of traditional amaMpondo music...***

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1 comment:

  1. Great , just saw her in the Gilberto Gil film Viramundo , bringing the bows together.