oa Africa Insight - Princess Constance Magogo kaDinuzulu, 1900 to 1984

Volume 15, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



On 21 November 1984 a celebrated member of the Zulu royal family, who was also an outstanding musician, died at the age of 84. Europe has occasionally produced notable royal musicians, like King Henry VIII, or Frederick the Great of Prussia. But whereas they were surpassed by some of their less noble contemporaries, Princess Magogo earned for herself the distinction of being acknowledged as the greatest exponent of Zulu music during her lifetime. Besides being esteemed by her people on account of her noble birth, the Mntwana (Princess) Constance Magogo Sibilile Mantithi Ngangezinye kaDinuzulu endeared herself to all who came Into contact with her by reason of her deep personal integrity and the radiant charm of her personality. Moreover, her expertise on matters of Zulu history and culture gained wide recognition, and her name became a household word among the Zulu through her remarkable musical artistry.

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