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Hot Soul Singers


South African group formed in 1975 as the Tembisa Happy Queens by manager Sam 'Jiza Jiza' Mthembu. Changed their name in 1979 and released popular albums like Jiza Jiza Wami and Together. Hot Soul Singers and they were Lindiwe Ndlovu and Sisters Ntombifuthi and Nombuso Mabaso. By 1980 the trio had such mass appeal that they became the supporting act for visiting american musicians like clarence carter (1980), two tons of Fun and Gene chandler (1981) at the colosseum theatre. Most of these shows were organised by the Quibell Brothers. they also toured with the ojays during their orlando stadium and Mmabatho stadium shows. one of their big hits was Jiza Jiza Wame dedicated to their manager, Sam Mthembu by his wife nombuso Mabaso. With the experience he gained from their many shows Sam became a showbiz promoter taking his trio to many venues in southern africa. at the beginning of 1984 they had a show in Mpumalanga. on the way they were involved in a terrible road accident near Vaalbank, which claimed the life of his lead vocalist and wife, nombuso Mabaso. the band choreographer and composer who grew up in natal had just given birth to Senzo Zephania Mthembu at home in tembisa. Sam who was seriously injured was admitted to the hillbrow hospital. the real cause of that accident remains a mystery to many. Upon recovery Sam organised a tribute concert to his wife at Jabulani amphitheatre. Still on crutches, he was also recording a tribute album at the Satbel Studios, which would include his late wife’s favourite hit Going Crazy composed by nc Mcondobi and produced by Mac Mathunjwa on the third World Music label. the hot Soul Singers continued with members Barbara Tyronne, nandipha ngcukane and ntombifuthi Mabaso. In 1986 when they released a mini album, We Are Very Hot, on the teal record label the line-up was: thoko evidence Mgaga (lead vocalist), phumzile cecilia phakathi and Busisiwe patience Zungu. It was engineered by Sam Wingate and produced by JizaJiza who roped in some of today’s well-known musicians like Daniel “Black Soux” phakoe who later used the name “Sox”, as well as Joeman tladi of Sankomota fame. In 1988 they released First Stop on the teal Sound label co-produced by Sam Mthembu and tamsanqa Mpahlwa. although Sam later did some pro job for ccp, he kept the name alive.

Ntombifuthi Mabaso
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Lindiwe Ndlovu
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Title Artist Year Type
Forward Ever FreedomHot Soul Singers1990Album
Ke Smoko MochanaHot Soul Singers1989Album
First StopHot Soul Singers1988Album
DesireHot Soul Singers1987Album
Time For FunHot Soul Singers1987Album
We Are Very HotHot Soul Singers1986Single
Give Me My Love BackHot Soul Singers1986Album
She Looks GoodHot Soul Singers1984Single
Game Of LoveHot Soul Singers1983Single
Be My LoverHot Soul Singers1982Single
TogetherHot Soul Singers1981Album
You Can Depend On This Love Of MineHot Soul Singers1980Single
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