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Madala Kunene




Released: 8th Jun 2018

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South Africa is an amazing country packed with great stories and characters.

Madala, called the King of the Zulu Guitar, is one of these characters that make this country what it is. The rich tapestry of Madala’s life is reflected in his music. Eclectic as only someone from Durban can be. Kunene was born in 1951 in Mkhumbane (Cato Manor), a vibrant mixed community just outside of inner Durban. The son of a carpenter, Kunene was raised by his grandmother a staunch academic who wanted him to be something of a bookworm. At the age of eight, in the year 1959, Kunene and some members of his extended family were trucked off by the Apartheid government to go live in the then relatively new township of KwaMashu. The album “1959” was co-produced and engineered by Marius Botha and Neil Snyman. It started out as a simple acoustic guitar and voice project but as soon as Madala’s many friends learned that he was busy recording in his own backyard things took on a life of their own. An outpouring of love for Bafo followed with everyone wanting to bring his or her love for Bafo to this project. Madala gratefully acknowledges the many appearances of friends amongst others Lu Dlamini, Bra Hugh Masekela, Sthembiso Hlela, Max Lasser, Vishen Kemraj, Sazi Dlamini, Steve Newman, Guy Buttery, Bernard Mndaweni, Paki Peloeole, Eric Duma, Sihlanga Zulu, Mdu Magawaza, Njeza Dlamini, Zamo Mbutho, Sipho Nxumalo & Smanga Ngubane.



  1. Zimbali
  2. Mlilo
  3. Washa
  4. Msila
  5. Vila Voco
  6. Storotoro
  7. Sphitiphiti
  8. No Pass No Special
  9. Be Kind
  10. Draaihoek
  11. Mfo Ka Sbebhu