Abigail Kubeka and Dorothy Masuka reminisce about Sophiatown
24 Jul 2018 MUSIC
By Dj Keyes
Musical legends, Abigail Kubeka and Dorothy Masuka were in conversation with David O’Sullivan. The legends started the conversation by talking about “not having time to age” and had an informative conversation about life in Sophiatown, Nelson Mandela and working with today’s youngsters.
Abigail Kubeka and Dorothy Masuka shared stories about performing in some of Sophiatown’s popular shebeens during the 1950s, where they got to spend time with people from all walks of life. These were taxi drivers, politicians, musicians and a lot more.
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With July also being Nelson Mandela month, David O’Sullivan asked the ladies about the man and the time they spent with him during apartheid. Abigail Kubeka shared memories of seeing uTata for the first time after being released in 1990. She spoke about a handsome man who had lost a lot of weight at the time but was still full of life. She says Tata told her how their music, Abigail, Dorothy and Dolly Rathebe’s music kept them alive in prison. The ladies went on to speak about how Madiba was fond of Dolly Rathebe.
The conversation wrapped up with Dorothy Masuka and Abigail Kubeka talking about preparations for the Nelson Mandela 100 years Centenary Celebration where they will be performing with, teaching and learning from a group of youngsters.