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Simon Nkabinde Mahlathini

b. 1937, Natal, South Africa, d. 27 July 1999, Johannesburg, South Africa. Mahlathini (‘The Lion Of Soweto’) was the most recognized from the basso-profundo ‘groaners’ of dark South African vocal music – as well as the recognized originator of the mbaqanga sub-style referred to as mqashiyo (‘indestructible defeat’). As an adolescent he performed at marriages within his sibling’s Alexandra Dark Mambazo music group, alongside the initial ‘groaner’ Aaron ‘Big Tone of voice Jack port’ Lerole. In the 60s, along with his tone of voice today having deepened significantly, he toured townships in bundle shows that frequently highlighted the Mahotella Queens, with whom he often documented, and using the Makgona Tsohle Music group (led with the saxophonist Western world Nkosi) for back-up. A powerful dancer, Mahlathini (called ‘the Bull’ due to his stage existence) made a frenzy of joyous mayhem in beverage halls, the locations for most township concerts in the 60s and 70s, and was on many occasions imprisoned for ‘inciting unrest’ (regardless of the apolitical character of all of his materials). His music fused traditional township designs, marabi, kwela and pop, and through the 70s he broke in the Mahotella Queens to record mbaqanga with another music group, Ndlondlo Bashise/The Mahlathni Electric guitar Band. His profession dipped through the early 80s, but after reuniting using the Mahotella Queens and his primary band he begun to repair his profile. He toured European countries in 1987, in the wake from the worldwide profile attained by Paul Simon’s Graceland visitor artists Ladysmith Dark Mambazo, and performed more worldwide dates than every other current South African superstar. Because of this Mahlathini also guaranteed Western recording agreements, making his discovery with Thokozile, a phenomenally expressive distillation of his many affects. In 1988, Mahlathini as well as the Mahotella Queens made an appearance alongside many traditional western music stars on the Nelson Mandela tribute concert. Further albums implemented including 1996’s Shoki Shoki, which proclaimed their 30th wedding anniversary. Mahlathini passed away in July 1999 pursuing complications due to diabetes.

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