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Dumisani Masilela Theatre in Germiston hosted a memorial service for Mbaqanga legend Nobesuthu Getrude Mbadu on Tuesday, 7 September 2021.

Mbadu, who was lead singer for the Mahotella Queens, died on 31 August after being ill for some time. A memorial service was held with the purpose of honouring her, as well as remembering her legacy.

Among who attended the service were Deputy Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Nocawe Mafu, legendary Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, the renowned Abigail Kubeka, Brenda Mtambo, Mildred Mangxola and Hilda Tloubatla - who are her fellow band members of the Mahotella Queens - as well as the Mbadu family.

Deputy Minister Mafu, Mahotella hailed the music group for their sweet melodies and signature dances. The group is known for their respect for their fans and for sharing knowledge to young and upcoming musicians.  

Mbadu joined Mahotella Queens at the age of 19 and with her soulful voice touched both young and old with her exciting performances with fellow band members on stage. Mahotella Queens travelled the world performing in the United States of America and France, to name a few. They performed in a number of international concerts across the globe and shared a stage with personalities such as Ray Charles, Quincy Jones and La Toya Jacksons.

The likes of Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Mhotella Queens, as well as Brenda Mtambo, paid tribute to Mbadu through song.

She died at the age of 76 and was laid to rest in Vosloorus on Wednesday, 8 September.




20210907 – 142654 – The legendary Abigail Kubeka at the memorial service of Nobesuthu Getrude Mbadu pays tribute to the legend of Mbaqanga music.

20210907 – 154659 – Sipho ‘’Hotstix’’ Mabuse with members of the Mahotella Queens Hilda Tloubatla (left) and Mildred Mangxola.