Margaret Singana

Musician, Musical Artist

1938 – 2000


Who was Margaret Singana?

Margaret Singana was a South African musician. She moved from the Queenstown, Cape Province to Transvaal, Johannesburg in the 1950s. Here she found work as a domestic servant.

It was whilst cleaning other people's houses that Margaret Singana was 'discovered'. She used to sing whilst cleaning. Her employers were so impressed that they recorded her singing and sent the tape to a record company. She was discovered by the producers of the musical Sponono, written by Alan Paton, she was given a part as a chorus singer in 1964.

In the 1970s Singana started performing with The Symbols. In 1972 she made "Good Feelings" with the band, the single reached No.2 on the old LM Hit Parade. In 1973, Singana was cast as the lead singer in the musical, Ipi Tombi, and soon made herself famous with the song "Mama Tembu's Wedding". In 1977, Singana's song "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You" became a hit. She had a stroke in 1980 and suffered from bad health for many years but, in 1986, she made a comeback with the song "We Are Growing", which was the theme song from the television series, Shaka Zulu.

Singana received many awards, including the 1976/1977 critics award from the British magazine, Music Week. She was known as "Lady Africa" in Southern Africa.

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  • Margareth Singana
  • Singana, Margaret
  • South Africa
Apr 22, 2000

on July 23, 2013


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