The MAHOTELLA QUEENS to headline Saturday Night at Musicport

THE WORLD’S OLDEST GIRLBAND! Formed in 1964 in their native South Africa these 3 women are keeping the legacy that has influenced so many who have followed them including Ladysmith Black Mambazo. South Africa’s legendary Mahotella Queens deserve the status of musical royalty. Since the 1960s, this female trio have been selling-out shows worldwide. Their songs draw on rural Zulu music and feature three-part harmonies and a guitar-driven sound. Rather than manufactured hype, it is their hard work, perseverance and musical innovation that qualifies them to wear crowns. Always a wonderful crowd pleasing act with their young band they still know to rock and to totally engage a crowdouth Africa´s legendary Mahotella Queens: Hilda Tloubatla, Nobesuthu Mbadu and Mildred Mangxola are indeed queens – The Mahotella Queens – 3 doyennes, who since the mid-sixties, have been singing, dancing and selling-out shows worldwide.

What makes them so special … Maybe 40-plus years of performing together, that makes it seem that these sisters have been doing it forever!  As Hilda says: “I guess we are true musicians – born musicians – we’re talented! We`ve got the spirit of true musicians, hence we know how to go about a song… how to do a song, like with “Town Hall” [a song we know how to sing]… & people ask, how do you do it, how do you start, cos we don’t see anyone doing a sign to say now we’re going to do this…? It’s in us… we’ve been together for a long time, hence we know exactly what to do.”

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Now in its 17th year Musicport Festival, Indoor Festival Of The Year 2013 – FATEA AWARDS, is launching its 2016 programme which includes some of the finest major international world class acts playing alongside some of the best local and regional acts.  It is an inclusive and wide-ranging event that has all the feel of an outdoor summer festival but all indoors under one roof – there’s even an indoor camping option to complete the festival experience.


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Established in 2000 to promote live music and music education in Whitby and the surrounding area, Musicport welcomes festival goers of all ages with it’s safe and indoor surroundings – guaranteeing a warm and wonderful festival, whatever the weather!

Being held in the beautiful Pavilion and at one of the UK’s most beautiful and charming seaside resorts of Whitby, North Yorkshire, with an abundance of quality places to eat, drink and stay, makes for a truly unique festival.

Over the years the festival has grown year on year and has established itself as a prestigious event in the festival calendar attracting major names such as Eliza Carthy, Demon Barbers XL, Världens Band, Rachid Taha, The Buena Vista Social Club presents Cachaito Lopez etc, Toumani Diabate, Levellers, Misty In Roots, Courtney Pine, Talvin Singh, Richard Hawley, Hugh Masekela,  Chumbawamba, Altan,  Mory Kante, Osibisa, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, & Los De Abajo to name but a few.

The line-up for Musicport 2016 so far looks like this:

The Mahotella Queens (South Africa) / The Magic Numbers / Lynched (Eire) / Soupsongs Live (The Songs of Robert Wyatt) / Lemn Sissay / Kathryn Tickell & The Side / Sarah Jane Morris & Bloody Rain Band / Black Umfolosi (Zimbabwe) / Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Wales) / Martin Taylor MBE / Don Letts / Maz O’Connor / Geoff Berner (Canada) / Adam Ben Ezra (Israel) / Michael Messer’s Mitra (UK/India) / Rory McLeod and the Familiar Strangers / Quraishi (Afghanistan) / Himmerland (Denmark) / Martin Alvrado / Maia Barrouh (Japan/France) / Arstidir (Iceland) / Project 12 (UK/India) Australian Art Orchestra- Crossing Roper Bar (TBC)

With many more TBC

For Tickets please visit:

Full Weekend £99/ £95 concessions

Junior full weekend (11-17) £50.00 – Children under 11 FREE

Musicport Festival 21-23 October 2016

Whitby Pavilion – West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3EN