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At last there's a release that isn't copycat mbaqanga or mbube. Among the specialties of South African music have been: a uniquely glorious female lead-vocal style; a long-term openness to the U.S.; and the world's only truly naturalized jazz and soul styles. Mhlongo has all of that going for her, along with a super voice and a fine band that is somewhat in the polished Soul Brothers' vein. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi


Born: September, 1947 in Durban, South Africa

Genre: Africa

Years Active: '90s

"The reigning queen of modern Zulu music," Busi Mhlongo (born Victoria Busi Mhlongo) has turned the Maskanda guitar music of migrant Zulu mine workers into a worldwide phenomenon. Mhlongo's second album, Urban Zulu, produced by former Soul II Soul producer Will Mowat,spent two months in the top position of Billboard's world music charts in 1998. A native of Inanda, a small village in the mountains of Kwazuku Natal, Mhlongo launched her musical career as vocalist in Africa Jazz and with Conjunto...
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