Margaret Singana: Why Did You Do It (Stretch Cover)

This week focuses on artists we discovered while in South Africa during Design Indaba 2014

South African vocalist Margaret Singana was discovered while working as a cleaning lady; she would sing as she worked. Singana soared to fame and not even a debilitating stroke in 1980 could stop her, going on to release memorable songs that would earn her the nickname “Lady Africa.” Fellow South African and renown photographer David Goldblatt took this picture of the singer in October 1970, when she was known as Margaret Mcingana and was not yet famous. Five years later, her powerful voice transforms the Stretch original “Why Did You Do It” and injects it with a soulful and exotic flair.