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Dolly Rathebe


With her soulful vocals and dynamic stage persona, Dolly Rathebe is among South Africa’s most influential singers. Having produced her debut as an celebrity in South Africa’s initial full-length feature film Jim Involves Jo’burg, in 1949, Rathebe became a global superstar when she decided to sing with Afro-jazz group, the Top notch Swingsters in 1964. In the first ’70s, Rathebe still left her musical profession to perform a shebeen in Cape City. She didn’t come back until 1989 once the Top notch Swingsters reunited to execute within a film located in Johannesburg through the 1950s. The reunion demonstrated so successful which the group decided to stay jointly. Their first record pursuing their reformation, Woza, premiered in 1991 and was accompanied by Today Or Hardly ever in 1994 and Siya Gida – We Dance the next year.

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Full Name Dolly Rathebe
Date Of Birth April 2, 1928
Died September 16, 2004, Pretoria, South Africa
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality South African
Music Songs Unomeva, Kea Kae Lebona, Mamoshimane, Kwenzenjani, Didiza Sbayizanie, Tlhapi Ke Noga, Kitty's Blues, seranthabole, Ntylio Ntylo
Movies Cry, the Beloved Country, Mapantsula, Malunde, Sophiatown, The Magic Garden, Friends

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Malunde 2001 Mam Lucy
Hijack Stories 2000 Mrs. Dilomo
Cry, the Beloved Country 1995 Mrs. Kumalo
The Line 1994 TV Movie Gogo
Friends 1993 Innocentia Ndlovu
Mapantsula 1988 Ma Modise
The Magic Garden 1951 Lili Shabalala
African Jim 1949 Judy



'Master Harold' ... And the Boys 2010 performer: "Tihapi Ke Noga"



Sophiatown 2003 Documentary Herself
Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony 2002 Documentary Herself
A Profile: Dolly and the Inkspots 1994 Documentary short Herself

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