Condolences are pouring in for Nobesuthu Mbadu, one of the members of the award-winning Mbaqanga group, the Mahotella Queens. The singer passed away at the Thelle Mogoerane hospital in Vosloorus, Ekhuruleni.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of the original members of the legendary mbaqanga group, The Mahotella Queens, Nobesuthu Mbadu. Mam’ Nobesuthu passed away at the Thelle Mogoerane hospital due to kidney failure,” read a family statement.
Mbadu was 19 when she joined the mbaqanga group formed by Rupert Bopape in 1964 with Hilda Tloubatla and Amanda Nkosi. Mahotella Queens rose to fame quickly as Gallo Record Company’s girl group with the late Simon “Mahlathini” Nkabinde as the lead male vocalist for many of their hits. They released hits such as Gazette (Kazet), Melodi Ya Lla, Uyavutha Umlilo and more. Mbadu retired from performing in 2017 when her health started to deteriorate, after recording their smash hit Malome with Cassper Nyovest.