Madosini Manqina (real name Latozi Mpahleni) – Queen of South Africa’s Pondoland Music. Born in the the village of Mqekezweni Transkei where she still collects her own water every day from a nearby stream.She is a sixty something granny…who has spent her whole life playing traditional Xhosa music for the villagers.
Madosini – ‘The Veteran’, as she is popularly known among the Bundu societies in Mpondoland – 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