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Johannesburg - The legendary Mahotella Queens have wowed audiences around the world for several decades, but when they stepped into studio with the current it boy of hip hop, Cassper Nyovest, everyone was in for a real surprise.
"We had just come back from New York and we got a call from our manager saying, 'Guys, tomorrow you will be in the studio with a young guy who is very popular, by the name of Cassper'. It was such a great opportunity for him and his fans to know about our music, and we really appreciate the opportunity that we are being recognised by these young guys," the group's Hilda Tloubatla says.
Ma' Hilda admits that she had never really heard of Cassper before they stepped into studio to record for the rapper's upcoming album, but she was impressed by him and can't wait for fans to hear the collaboration they worked on together.
She, however, cautions the music industry to not get caught up in foreign hype and influences, and pleads for South Africans to return to their musical roots.
"I always say one day, if we are not careful, we will have French and American artists coming to our country, dressed in our traditional clothes and singing Mbaqanga. We must never leave our music behind. Our music should be the priority. Take our music and do something with it," she says.