Joseph 'Mahlathini' Nkabinde

Joseph Nkabinde, better known as Mahlathini, was one of the best musicians to emerge from South Africa. He single-handedly branded mbaqanga as the formidable music genre it is today. Mahlathini, who teamed up with the Mahotella Queens, was a commanding presence on stage with his rich, low voice. When he died in 1997, the nation mourned.