Magogo kaDinuzulu

Deceased Person

1900 – 1984

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Who was Magogo kaDinuzulu?

Princess Constance Magogo Sibilile Mantithi Ngangezinye kaDinuzulu was a Zulu Princess and artist, and mother to Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Inkatha Freedom Party leader.

Princess Magogo was born in 1900, the daughter of the Zulu King, Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo and Queen Silomo. In 1926 she married Chief Mathole Buthelezi. Princess Magogo composed Zulu classical music and was gifted in playing isigubhu, and isithontolo and was also a singer. Despite being raised in a culture then oppressive to women the Princess continued her music after marriage. This enabled her to contribute in the development of traditional music. Through the training of many young singers she made an unprecedented contribution to the preservation of traditional music.

As imbongi she transcended the boundaries of this role, which was traditionally a male preserve, to lament on her marriage and the lives of especially the Zulu people. Her career gained momentum in 1939 with a recording of some of her performances by Hugh Tracey. In making public appearances the Princess again broke custom, maintaining her dedication to music. By the 1950s, her music was widely recorded and played by the South African Broadcasting Corporation, David Rycroft and West German Radio. These recordings afforded Magogo an international audience and recognition. Her work was made largely from existing Zulu songs and folktales, and she extended them into music accompanied by the ugubhu.

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Born
1900
Also known as
  • Princess Magogo
Children
Died
1984

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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