Madosini Manqina (also known as Latozi Mpahleni), is the Queen of South Africa’s indigenous Xhosa Music. She was born in the the village of Mqekezweni near Mthatha in the former Transkei where she still collects her own water every day from a nearby stream.She is a sixty something year old granny…who has spent her whole life playing traditional Xhosa music for the villagers from around the age of 13.
Madosini is an undisputed Queen: the great musician, composer, story teller and the dancer of the time. Her music is extraordinary; unique not just in its scope but in its variety and the range of feelings it evokes. Since she is respected in the playing and making of Uhadi (berimbau), Isitolotplo (Jews’ harp), Umrhubhe (mouthbow) and a legend in story-telling, you’ll find that she also expresses feelings and thoughts of the ancient life. Aside from their work with Amampondo, Dizu Plaatjies and Mzwandile Qotoyi also work together as DZM Projects to produce recordings by indigenous artists. Since Madosini is so revered, it’s natural that she should become the first among them. Madosini’s Power To the Women was released as the first DZM Project in 1997.
Madosini is a name given to women from the Dosini royal clan of amaMpondomise. The Dosini people are descendants of the son of King Ngcwina and his wife in the Great House, uNdlunkulu, umaNgutyana. History tells us that MaNgutyana though she had been married with the King for some time, did not fall pregnant for quite sometime. She only fell pregnant years later after the King had even married his 6th wife, MaNgxangashe of abaThwa, the mother of the heir, Cirha. When MaNgutyana gave birth to a baby boy, she out of excitement proclaimed that “Nam ndosina ndixele abanye abafazi”. Which basically meant she will also dance in jubilation like other women who have kids. Thus the boy was given the name, Ndosina, which later changed to Dosini. His descendants kept this name and are to this day known as the Dosini, whereas women from this clan are called Madosini, such as the great Queen of indigenous Xhosa Music, MaDosini Manqina, a living legend.