RetRAW Saturdays: Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens – Kazet


The past is full some really timeless gems as far as African music is concerned. Mahlatini & Mahotella Queens’ “Kazet” is such a number. It has that authentic Afro-jazz sound that will make you visualise the beauty of the African continent even from thousand of miles away and also feel like pounding the floor and ‘raise some dust’. You can exactly see that sort of action in the video for Kazet, with Mahlatini and his girls dressed in traditional gear and busting some moves. Gems like Kazet are hard to find for today’s generation that lives in a world saturated with a lot of half-baked and half-entertaining numbers, so we decided to share it on this platform today. Check the video out below;

Simon ‘Mahlathini’ Nkabinde (1938 – 27 July 1999) was a South African mbaqanga singer. Known as the “Lion of Soweto” Nkabinde is the acknowledged exponent of the deep-voiced, basso profundo “groaning” style that came to symbolize mbaqanga music in the 1960s. Nkabinde was also a very active live performer in South Africa, recording and performing with the Mahotella Queens and the backing Makgona Tsohle Band from 1964 to 1971, and then again from 1983 to 1999. The Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens act was propelled into international stardom in the wake of Paul Simon’s Graceland (1986) album. – Wikipedia.

Last Updated: 20/02/2016

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