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Celebrating Dolly Rathebe, South Africa’s original black woman superstar

Celebrating Dolly Rathebe, South Africa’s original black woman superstar

DOLLY Rathebe, the musical legend of Sophiatown, is part of South Africa’s rich heritage and history. Sophiatown was a much-storied suburb and vibrant cultural hub in Johannesburg that was destroyed by the South African state in 1955. Its 60,000 black residents were forcibly removed to Meadowlands, a township outside the city, as the country’s white ruling party entrenched apartheid’s policy of racial segregation. AuthorNOKUTHULA MAZIBUKO MSIMANG, University of Pretoria Together with Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu and Dorothy Masuku, Rathebe’s name represents a golden era of local blues and jazz music that captured the lives of black people. These mega divas…
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