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Abigail Kubheka
Abigail Kubheka

(1939-12-07) 7 December 1939 (age 84)
Orlando East, South Africa
Nationality South African
Other names Cossie
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Years active 1957 - present

Abigail Kubheka OIS (born 7 December 1939) is a South African singer, songwriter and actress. On the SABC TV series Generations: The Legacy, she plays the role of Zondiwe Mogale, the mother of Tau Mogale (Rapulana Seiphemo) and Tshidi Phakade (Letoya Makhene).

Personal life

Kubeka was born 7 December 1939 in Orlando East. She attended a missionary boarding school in Kilnerton. From a young age, she showed an interest in singing.


Abigail Kubeka started singing with popular musicians such Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and has performed with many others including Thandi Klaasen.

In 2014, Kubeka received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS), and in 2016 was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Wawela Music Awards (WMA) in Johannesburg. In the early 2000s Kubeka won the Lifetime Achievement Award for best musician and jazz industrial.

Kubeka has appeared in films including An African American (2016), The Jakes Are Missing (2015), and The Long Run (2001), in which she sang with Busi Mhlongo.



Year Title Role Director Notes #
1969 Knock-Out Viriato Barreto
1971 Diary of Thandi Sis'May Jacob Ngubeni
1973 Joe Bullet Beauty Louis de Witt
1987 City of Blood Maureen Darrell Roodt
1990 Last Year's Queen Unknown Unknown
1995 Cry, the Beloved Country Mrs. Mkize Darrell Roodt
2001 The Long Run Bar Lady Jean Stewart
2001 An Activists 2: Long Walk Madikizela
2010 Kasi Movies:Elalini Anele Anele Jong
2015 The Jakes Are Missing Grace Figjam
2016 An African American Wajé Seleste Nkosi Size
2017 Morning, Mandela
2018 What's The Deal Shantel "Abram's' Tanit Phoenix


Television Actress
Year Title Episode Role Director Notes #
2005 Holby City Tuesday's Child Paulina Griffin
2007-2011 Wild at Heart 5 episodes over the stated time period. Cebile/Mrs. Fatani ?
2014–present Generations Zondiwe Mogale
2020 Queen Sono Mazet Main role Kagiso Lediga and Tebogo Malope Netflix


Abigail won an award called Wamela, on a lifetime achievement, for the approvement she does for the country, and was also nominated at the Durban Film Festival, with Thuso Mbedu, Connie Ferguson, Leleti Khumalo and Sihle Ndaba.

  • Wamela Music Awards (Won - Lifetime Achievement Award 2001)
  • Durban Film Festival (Nominated - Actress In Supporting Role 2014)
  • South African Film and Television Award (Won - Best Actress, The Long Run 2015)
  • SAM Awards (Singer of the Year - Nominated 2017)
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