One of the ICONS of South African music has sadly passed away.

“The queen of maskandi, Busi Mhlongo, died in KwaZulu Natal overnight after a long struggle with cancer. She was 63. Mhlongo will be best remembered for her 1999 album Urban Zulu.” – The Daily Maverick.

MELT 2000

Busi first came to the International spotlight with her work for the Melt 2000 label and here’s what they said:

We lost Mam Busi Mhlongo

We just learned that Busi Victoria Mhlongo lost her fight against cancer on June 15th 2010 atAlbert Luthuli Hospital

Our condolences go to Busi’s family and her daughter Mpume.

All my  family and friends cherish the memory of the good and bad times we shared with Auntie Busi.

Love Robert Trunz

click here for Busi’s awesome stage performances

search for more Busi Mhlongo footage here

click here for MP3’s of Busi Mhlongo and other M.E.L.T. 2000 artists

May your soul rest in peace and may the world celebrate your awesome voice.


I recently purchased this CD below from SA and also stuck one of the tracks from that CD on my most recent mixtape House Of Afreaka Volume II – The Deeep South Sessions.

Our bro’ Frederic Galliano also remixed one of the tracks on this CD.


Featuring tracks and remixes by BlackCoffee, Culoe de Song, Frederic Galliano,Castro B, Kalahari Surfers with Greg Hunter, Monde Mkhizwana, Rudeboy Paul,DJ Zee, Soothsayers and Dj Qness.

A singer, dancer, and composer whose music defies categorisation, MaMhlongo, as Rudeboy Paul fondly refers to her, draws on various SouthAfrican styles, such as Maskanda, Mbaqanga, Marabi and traditional Zulusongs. Born in Kwa Zulu, Natal, Busi Mhlongo grew up with a song on herlips.

Her debut maskanda album for M.E.L.T.2000 in 1998 called “Urban Zulu” brought her international fame. Touring internationally and bewitching audiences with her powerful stage presence and vocal prowess she hasrightfully taken her seat in the musical arena as one of the most phenomenaland exciting musicians to have ever emerged from South Africa.

Ranked alongside Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu and The Mohatella Queens, unique in becoming the first female to spread the maskanda vocal style internationally, Busi has been applauded by audiences the world over.We like to thank all the artists who contributed remixes and original tracks for this album for their dedication, love and respect for the original compositions by Ma Busi and her co-composers Themba Ngcobo and the late Mkhalelwa Spector Ngwazi.

A huge loss to SA and to the world of music.

Generation Bass condolences to Busi’s family & to the whole of SA!

Busi Mhlongo [born as Victoria Busisiwe Mhlongo]

(October 28, 1947 – June 15, 2010).

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