Queeneth Ndaba, Champion of South African Jazz, Dies at 81

Queeneth Ndaba, a South African jazz advocate who managed Johannesburg’s most influential home of art and culture during the darkest days of apartheid, died on Aug. 15 at a hospital in Boksburg. She was 81.

The journalist Bongani Mahlangu, a friend of Ms. Ndaba’s family, confirmed the death but did not give a cause.

Ms. Ndaba began her career as a singer, but after illness forced her to give that up she found that she had a particular talent for organizing. In the early 1970s she began to help with booking bands and handling logistics at the arts center, called Dorkay House, and she eventually became its chief proprietor and defender.

By that time, the South African government had expelled black Africans from their homes in the Johannesburg city center, forcing them into townships outside the…

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