Mahotella Queens - Meet the Mahotella Queens
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LINER NOTES

 

Not long ago — about two years — the country was swept by a craze for a fantastic new kind of jive. First presented and popularised by The Mahotella Queens, it shows no signs of decreasing — in fact it gets bigger and bigger with the release of each new "Queens" record. Demonstrating the dance all over the country, The Mahotella Queens (not to forget their "King", Mahlathini Nkabinde) have become the idols of the young "with it" crowd. Growing from original "Jive Motella" many other fads and variations have recently hit the scene — all of them introduced and demonstrated by The Queens and their King: Jive Mgqashiya (which is available on MO 33 and, incidentally, is named after the word meaning the Bantu traditional way of dancing), Jive Jibav (on MO 50) and most recently a wild, crazy jive called 'S' modern.'

The charm, vivacity and ultra-modern, go-ahead spirit of these vital young artists fully deserves to have captivated the country. Ever since they started, back in Johannesburg in 1963, their fame has been growing by leaps and bounds. Today they have no equal in their field. But although they are the ones who glory in all the limelight, they owe on enormous debt to the "man behind the scenes". He is the "brain" who guided, formed and trained the group — Rupert "Bops" Bopape.


ADDITIONAL NOTES
By Nick Lotay*

Vocalists: a fastly-rotating team of five female singers were taken from a pool of Mavuthela singers assigned to record under the Mahotella Queens name. These were - Hilda Tloubatla, Mildred Mangxola, Ethel and Francisca Mngomezulu, Nunu Maseko, Windy Sibeko, Juliet Mazamisa and Mary Rabotapi. All eight almost certainly appear on this album but it would be difficult to pinpoint exactly who. Instead, I have tried to identify any detectable 'soloists' or lead singers that appear on songs.

A1 Kuqale Bani
Original release: Motella MO 46 (1965)
Original matrix: ABC 30306
Soloists: Simon Nkabinde, Windy Sibeko
Lead Guitar: Marks Mankwane
Bass: Joseph Makwela
Rhythm Guitar: Lucky Monama
Drums: Wilfred Mosebi

A2 Dinaka
Original release (estimated): late 1965
Soloists: Nunu Maseko
Lead Guitar: Marks Mankwane
Bass: Joseph Makwela
Rhythm Guitar: Vivian Ngubane
Drums: Wilfred Mosebi

A3 Sonny Boy
Original release: Motella MO 51 (1965)
Original matrix: ABC 30318
Lead Guitar: Marks Mankwane
Bass: Joseph Makwela
Rhythm Guitar: Lucky Monama
Drums: Wilfred Mosebi

A4 We Boy
Original release (estimated): late 1965, possibly at the same time as "Dinaka"
Soloists: Hilda Tloubatla
Lead Guitar: Marks Mankwane
Bass: Joseph Makwela
Rhythm Guitar: Vivian Ngubane
Drums: Wilfred Mosebi

A5 Hamba Mzala
Original release (estimated): early 1965
Soloists: Simon Nkabinde, Windy Sibeko
Lead Guitar: Marks Mankwane
Bass: Joseph Makwela
Rhythm Guitar: Lucky Monama
Drums: Wilfred Mosebi

A6 Izinyoni
Original release (estimated): early 1965, perhaps a possible B-side to "Hamba Mzala" or recorded in the same/adjoining session
Soloists: Simon Nkabinde
Lead Guitar: Marks Mankwane
Bass: Joseph Makwela
Rhythm Guitar: Lucky Monama
Drums: Wilfred Mosebi

A7 Inxeba Lendoda
Original release (estimated): early 1965
Lead Guitar: Marks Mankwane
Bass: Joseph Makwela
Rhythm Guitar: Lucky Monama
Drums: Wilfred Mosebi

B1 Elidlubedu
Original release: Motella MO 84 (1965)
Original matrix: ABC 30520
Soloists: Hilda Tloubatla
Lead Guitar: Marks Mankwane
Bass: Joseph Makwela
Rhythm Guitar: Vivian Ngubane
Drums: Wilfred Mosebi

B2 Niyi Gcine
Original release: Motella MO 71 (1965)
Original matrix: ABC 30434
Soloists: Simon Nkabinde
Bass: Joseph Makwela
Guitar 1: Lucky Monama
Guitar 2: Vivian Ngubane
Drums: Wilfred Mosebi

B3 Ikhula
Original release: Motella MO 72 (1965)
Original matrix: ABC 30436
Lead Guitar: Marks Mankwane
Bass: Joseph Makwela
Rhythm Guitar: Lucky Monama
Drums: Wilfred Mosebi

B4 Umoya
Original release (estimated): early 1966
Soloists: Simon Nkabinde
Lead Guitar: Marks Mankwane
Bass: Joseph Makwela
Rhythm Guitar: Vivian Ngubane
Drums: Wilfred Mosebi

B5 Amaqawe
Original release (estimated): late 1965
Lead Guitar: Marks Mankwane
Bass: Joseph Makwela
Rhythm Guitar: Vivian Ngubane
Drums: Wilfred Mosebi

B6 Izulu Nge Lami
Original release (estimated): early 1966, almost certainly a B-side to "Umoya"
Soloists: Simon Nkabinde
Lead Guitar: Marks Mankwane
Bass: Joseph Makwela
Rhythm Guitar: Vivian Ngubane
Drums: Wilfred Mosebi

B7 Ekuseni
Original release (estimated): late 1965
Lead Guitar: Marks Mankwane
Bass: Joseph Makwela
Rhythm Guitar: Vivian Ngubane
Drums: Wilfred Mosebi

[*Special thanks to Nick Lotay for supplying these detailed additional notes!]


 

MAHOTELLA QUEENS
MEET THE MAHOTELLA QUEENS


recorded 1965-1966
issued 1966
Motella
Gallo
made in South Africa
produced by Rupert Bopape
published by Music Publishers of Africa (M.P.A.)
LMO 101
matrix ABC 30532 A
matrix ABC 30533 B
33 rpm
first issue
cover printed by Record Pac
source: flatinternational Archive

TRACK LISTING

 

1.1Kuqale Bani

(Rupert Bopape)

1.2Dinaka

(Rupert Bopape)

1.3Sonny Boy

(Rupert Bopape, Shadrack Piliso)

1.4We Boy

(Nunu Maseko)

1.5Hamba Mzala

(Simon Nkabinde)

1.6Izinyoni

(trad. arr. Nunu Maseko, Simon Nkabinde)

1.7Inxeba Lendoda

(Simon Nkabinde)

2.8Elidlubedu

(Rupert Bopape, Shadrack Piliso)

2.9Niyi Gcine

(Rupert Bopape)

2.10Ikhula

(Rupert Bopape)

2.11Umoya

(Rupert Bopape, Shadrack Piliso)

2.12Amaqawe

(Rupert Bopape, Shadrack Piliso)

2.13iZulu Nge Lami

(Rupert Bopape, Shadrack Piliso)

2.14Ekuseni

(Rupert Bopape, Shadrack Piliso)

ARTISTS

 

MAHOTELLA QUEENS
ETHEL MNGOMEZULU - vocal
NUNU MASEKO - vocal
HILDA TLOUBATLA - vocal
MILDRED MANGXOLA - vocal
FRANCISCA MNGOMEZULU - vocal
WINDY SIBEKO - vocal
JULIET MAZAMISA - vocal
MARY RABOTAPI - vocal
SIMON 'MAHLATHINI' NKABINDE - vocal
MARKS MANKWANE - lead guitar
JOSEPH MAKWELA - bass
LUCKY MONAMA - rhythm guitar
VIVIAN NGUBANE - rhythm guitar
WILFRED MOSEBI - drums

NOTES

 

Thanks to Nick Lotay for determining the Queens line-up on this record and his detailed notes on each track. For more information about the Mahotella Queens, Rupert Bopape, Motella Label and Mahlathini check out Nick Lotay's great research on Matsuli here.