By Zuko Komisa
Born in the 1941 and still using her cherished musical gift Mam Abigail Kubeka was this week’s guest on Good Friday’s #BlomBlom with Skhumba and Ndumiso.
Her journey which started in 1957 at the age of 16, in Orlando East, Soweto’s first formal township has seen her share stages with some of South Africa’s most highly acclaimed performers. These include Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masuka, Letta Mbulu, Abdullah Ibrahim, Kippie Moeketsi.
Her love for music has been her fuel over the decades. She told the team how she became the celebrated musical Sophiatown queen she is and how her love for music comes from the heart.
“I love what do, I am enjoying it even more than I used to when I was younger. It’s amazing, I would never retire. As a child from school, I was singing, straight towards the music industry, self-taught. None of us had any training from that era. With music, you can go to school, and learn the technical side of it. The other way is when it comes from the heart, it’s a gift when the doors are open, it just takes you to walk in there. We use to kick doors, sometimes they would open, sometimes they wouldn’t.”
She also shared memories of Sophiatown in the 1950s and her thoughts on today’s generation.
Her career has also seen her grace the big screens where she’s been featured in the films Hijack, King Afrika with Henry Cele and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
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