The African Mamas were founded by Ntombifuthi Lushaba 1998th All singers of the six-member a cappella ensembles are among the Zulus, the largest ethnic group in South Africa. Living in Durban, the third largest city in South Africa, which lies on the east coast on the Indian Ocean and has Africa's largest harbor. Durban is the capital of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, which is the only province in South Africa, which bears the name of an ethnic group on their behalf.
The singers of the African Mamas emphasize in their songs their social experiences than women who daily joys and sorrows, and their observations in a heavily male-dominated world: especially they are committed to equal rights for women and the possibility than women to work with children. And although the rich Zulu heritage is firmly established more in the rural areas of the province, has just the urban Maskandi music style far far achieved with current texts by artists such as the legendary Busi Mhlongo or Ladysmith Black Mambazo great popularity. Mamas Africa are female troubadours in the Maskandi tradition. They sing about the struggles of the people of KwaZulu, who often live without electricity or modern sanitation; about women, who bake cakes and sell cats and dogs on the street to earn money for the family.
Her current CD 'Iphupho / The dream song' was recorded in 2018 in the Studio of Sibongiseni Shabalala, who is a member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It was produced by Maghinga Radebe, one of the most prestigious Maskandi guitarist and music producer in South Africa.
The African Mamas four CDs, two were nominated for the South African Music Awards. 1999 and 2008 the ensemble has received national music awards for their live concerts. Africa Mamas performed in most festivals in South Africa and inmany parts of the world: China, in Europe in Belgium, Holland, UK, Spain, Italy and Sweden as well as in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Namibia. They accompanied the former South African Vice-President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on his trip to Sweden. In 2010 they traveled with the South African actress Hemilton Dlamini to Burkina Faso to talk and sing about the abuse of women. They have traveled with the South African Olympic Team to the Olympic Games to London, where they performed together with Vusi Mahlasela, Thandiswa Mazwai, Dance Africa and The Parlotones.