1990: The Hidden Years Recording

Madala Kunene

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Format: LP

Cat No: BELLA1535V

Release Date:  07 June 2024

Label:  Bella Union

Packaging Type:  Slip Sleeve (CD or Vinyl)

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  5400863141554

Genres:  World Music  Africa  

  • Description

    Madala Kunene (better known to his friends as Bafo) blends Zulu folk with township blues to produce a unique hybrid and contemporary music he calls "Madala-line". Apart from his own colourful life-experiences Madala often uses traditional songs, nursery rhymes and lullabies as the basis for his material. His highly spiritual music is guided by the mood, moment and the experience he brings to his playing. Most compositions are inspired by dreams and messages from the ancestral realm as well as the teachings of Zulu culture and folklore.

    Madala's music has been researched and taught by musicologists as a course material in music studies. In May 2023 Madala was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree by the University of KwaZulu-Natal for his contribution to the development of indigenous music and his contribution to the music of Africa and that of the world.

    Madala Kunene was born in 1951 in Cato Manor, a vibrant mixed community in the harbor city of Durban, South Africa.

    The son of a carpenter, Kunene was raised by his grandmother - a staunch academic who wanted him to be something of a bookworm. He started busking on Durban's beachfront at the age of 7 making his first guitar out of a cooking oil tin and fish gut for the strings. It was friends such as the late guitarist Sandile Shange who encouraged him to take guitar playing much more seriously. 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. In very little time he had become the hottest guitar player and was discovered by the late Sakhile leader and bassist Sipho Gumede. Madala started to share the stage with such luminaries as Doc Mthalane, Mankunku Ngozi and Busi Mhlongo.

    Madala Kunene's debut album was produced in 1990 by Sipho Gumede for David Marks label 3rd Ear Music and released on Vinyl and Cassettes. 30 years later the album was re-released digitally and now you are holding the first Vinyl re-release in your hands.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. U-Gongo Amayeni Wemama
      • 2. Vumela Abaphani (Song of Happiness)
      • 3. Ku-Khon Othwele
      • 4. U-Ncede

      Side 2

      • 1. Abangoma
      • 2. Sanibonani
      • 3. U-Mata-Gota-Fri 123