A book about Madosini’s life on the cards

Madosini Latozi Mpahleni is sharing her stories with authors who are compiling a book about her life.

A book detailing the journey of iconic Xhosa composer, singer and story-teller, Madosini Latozi Mpahleni, is in the works.

The Department of Arts and Culture has hired Flow Communications to record the story of the veteran Langa artist.

On Thursday November 7, officials from the department, together with the writers, were accompanied by co-ordinator of the project, Nomasebe Dondolo, to Madosini’s house where she welcomed them with songs from her ancient instruments.

Excited Department of Arts and Culture representative, Phakamani Mthembu, said Madosini’s story is one worth telling and needed to be written for future generations.

“As a department we felt the need to pen her life story.

“We are not hiding anything about writing her book,” he told Vukani.

Although the book is still in the interview stage and is being conceptualised, all those involved are excited about the project.

At the moment, journalists are spending days with the singer, to find out all they can about her.

The news of the book was welcomed by Madosini who could not hide her excitement.

She said it was about time that somebody does something on her.

“My age is not on my side now. I welcome anyone to come get a piece of me before I die.

“It is time for those who are willing to learn from me to come to me. I have done my bit and I want to leave a wonderful legacy for generations and generations,” she said.

Madosini said she felt excitement and disbelief that the book was being written.

“But I am really delighted with the idea.

“I have to thank the government for this help and those who helped coordinate this. People like Andrea (Nomasebe Dondolo). I have all the trust in them,” she said.

Flow Communications officemanager, Sara-Jane Viljoen, said her company agreed to write the book after it was suggested to them. She said it was exciting to write the stories of “wonderful people” like Madosini. It is actually a privilege to tell their rich stories.

“We’ve got good writers. They love doing such stories,” said Ms Viljoen.