Veteran jazz musician, Dorothy Masuka of “Gona raMachingura” “Nhingirikini” “Iyo Pata Pata” and “Nontsokolo” fame has arrived in the country for the Starbrite talent show finals to be held Wednesday and Thursday.
Masuka, affectionately known as Aunti Dot said she is back to be back home after a lengthy absence, adding that African musicians should promote the message that Africans are one people.
Masuka who once acted with legendary Safirio “Mukadota” Madzikatire as a black American girl friend who liked goulash was born in Zimbabwe 80 years ago and migrated to South Africa at the age of 12.
For Masuka, it does not matter if one is Zambian, Zimbabwean or South African, Africa is one and musicians have to carry that message.During her exile from South Africa and Zimbabwe during the liberation struggle for some of her provocative lyrics in her music she spent many years in Zambia.
Starbrite Director, Bannie Mupariwa said they have decided to invite the veteran icon for the talent scout show to inspire the young.
Masuka who also mentored Afro Jazz Diva Dudu Manhenga in Pumula,Bulawayo received curios from Mrs Abigail Makono who is the Director of Paroots Restaurant in Harare as an appreciation for the role she has played in lifting high the arts industry.
The jazz musician’s talent was first discovered at St Thomas Catholic School in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was to sing along other greats such as Mirian Makeba, Dolly Ratebe,Thandi Klassen,Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwangwa among many others.She also has stints with the late composer Crispen Matema and was once backed by the Job’s Combination.
Despite the disapproval of her parents, she left school at the age of 16 to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer, a move she never regretted.