Thanks, Mama

WITH the cry in our music industry being against the flood of foreign sounds on our airwaves and in our shops, the passing away of Busi Mhlongo on Tuesday becomes an especially sad loss.

WITH the cry in our music industry being against the flood of foreign sounds on our airwaves and in our shops, the passing away of Busi Mhlongo on Tuesday becomes an especially sad loss.

In the US, Europe and Africa they now dance to what is a South African genre popularly known as maskandi.

Nothing could make the 62-year-old Durban-born diva abandon her traditional repertoire - sung in isiZulu.

"In South Africa we had to sing in English to get jobs. I began to realise that music truly has no border, no language.," she said as she blazed an international trail in the 70s.

She spent the 80s between Holland and South Africa.

Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba - you name them - she was up there with all of them.

Mhlongo internationalised maskandi and the world hereafter is her next oyster.

Thanks, Mama Busi.

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