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Madala Kunene (Bafo Bafo)
Madala Kunene, Greg Georgiades
Uxolo (Peace) - The Acoustic Sessions DVD kompilasie . MZADV 007 M.E.L.T.
African Classics ............. SLCD 151 2008 SHEER
2. Zimpi Zombango
3. Khono Thwele
4. Eva (Thorn)
5. Kon'ko Man
12. Mamgobhozi (A Woman's Name)
Max Lässer; Madala Kunene
Madamax Bafo ........................ MZA 044 M.E.L.T.
4. Namhla Kungawe
5. First Jam
Prolific composer & Swiss guitarist Max Lässer started working in South Africa in 1995 on the invitation of the M.E.L.T. label. His first collaboration with Madala Kunene and Lungiswa Plaatjies resulted in the album Madamax - applauded by the press in Europe and the USA and compared to Ali Farka Toure's work with Ry Cooder.
Madamax Bafo is the second album, this time featuring Busi Mhlongo's bass player Bernard Sbusiso Mndaweni and two of Andreas Vollenweider's top musicians - Walter Keiser on drums and Christoph Stiefel on keyboards.
Uxolo ........................................ MZA 036 M.E.L.T.
3. Akukho Mpunga Yehlathi
8. Umshelekanjani Umkamuntu
9. Siyacela Uhulumende
Buddha Bar 3 fans will recognise Deepak's A Night In Lenasia track. Deepak Ram is of
Sub-Continental Indian origin, was born and brought up in South Africa during the
apartheid era and currently lives in USA. His polycultural roots inform this
introspective and meditative album. Mixing his phenomenal flute playing, tabla, djembe
and kora with modern basslines and beats, Deepak's sound is smooth enough to make you sit
back and close your eyes, but rhythmically exciting enough to keep your brain whirring
and your head gently nodding... Elements of Africa, India and jazzy funk make for a very
classy, spiritual yet urban sound' ZSW, The Guardian . Produced by late Russell Herman -
one of many South African musicians who died in exile and never made it back but who with
much love made sure to reflect the deep love for his homeland in the music of this
Syd Kitchen; Madala Kunene
For The City .............................................. CELLC
Max Lässer; Madala Kunene
Madamax ................................ BW 2119 M.E.L.T.
3. Cow Song
Madala joined creative forces with Max Lässer, one of the most accomplished guitarists in Europe, to produce the excellent and innovative album Madamax highlighting the vocal talents of Lungiswa Plaatjies. Max Lässer, known for his compositions and guitar playing for Andreas Vollenweider, has undertaken several tours in Central Europe with South African artists from the M.E.L.T. label - a special mention is appropriate for his album Between wich hosts arists like Busi Mhlongo, Pops Mohamed, Simpiwe Matole and Lungiswa a.o.
Madala Kunene; Kon Ko Man
Madala Kunene; Kon Ko Man . BWSA 058 M.E.L.T.
Madala Kunene; Bernard Sibusiso Mdaweni; Baba Mokoena Serakoeng
First Double 1 & 2 .................. MZA 002 M.E.L.T.
5. Market Place
6. Phuza Face
7. Siyacela (Uhulumende)
8. Mothers Crying
9. 43 Sandgate
Maskandi- or self pronounced Madalaine stlye acoustic guitarist Madala Kunene in a
collaboration with the late and legendary Mbaqanaga player Baba Mokoena Serakoeng
recording his 4th. release on M.E.L.T.. The album was nominated for the 2003 SAMAs. Two
master guitarists with two distinct styles perfectly rhythmically underlined by one of
the most versatile electric bass player Bernard Sibusiso Mdaweni all 3 from Durban in
KwaZulu Natal where the adventure of melting of styles has long become reality and not
just an empty phrase. Another important and spontaneous encounter took place between Madala Kunene and Max Lässer who became friends leading to a collaboration of the two
guitarists (Madamax BW 2119) hailed by the European press as a meeting of two geniuses
comparing it to the legendary recordings of Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder. FIRST DOUBLE
1&2 has its origins in the funky Mbaganga styles of the Soul Brothers and the more
traditional and serious Maskanda Rap. The album title takes reference to bets placed at
horse races and contains mostly songs with traditional background. The 12 minutes song or
lamentation Siyakhala by Madala Kunene is about the disrespect for Shaka the Zulu king.
Madala and many of his fellow citizens are crying because Shaka's grave is next to a busy
road and buildings and that there is no respect. For your listening pleasure check
Amagwala, Belekwa or Mothers Crying
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