1959

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. 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.
"People can't imagine what it's like when you see bulldozers demolish your home in the middle of the night," recalls Kunene. "The worst thing was that
when they moved us, they came at night and packed my family into the back of a truck and then went to another area to pick up another family there and so on. So you were not just separated from your home, you were stripped of your friends and neighbours in the process. It was a
very calculated act," Kunene adds.
As a meditation on his history Kunene released his latest album 1959. It explores dense and often often melancholic subject matter, especially Kunene's own history as a victim offorced removal. "I've never spoken about those experiences in my music in an earnest way. I wanted to recall them and
most importantly make a personal album that was looking internally at my personal history rather than looking out," says Kunene.

1959 is a blues album with slightly more muscle—a personal catharsis and an attempt to exercise the muscle of memory through music. Insistent and unrelenting, 1959 is Kunene's urban war cry.
It is a portrait of the artist as a not-so young man of faith, a sonic investigation that tries to make sense of the gradual process of sanitising history—how the real past is purged for the sake of a historical sound bite.
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 Lässer, VishenKemraj, Sazi Dlamini, Steve Newman, Guy Buttery, Bernard Mndaweni, Paki Peloeole, Eric Duma, Sihlangu Zulu, Mdu Magwaza, Njeza Dlamini, Zamo Mbutho, Sipho Nxumalo & Smanga Ngubane.

All songs composed by Madala Kunene except

Recorded at The Headroom www.theheadroom.co.za

Madala would like to thank Ian Robinson who wrote an inspirational press release and his own script as Koos Botha for Madala Kunene’s May Day 2012. A live performance of the stage production inspired by this album called “Madala Kunene Back In Kitomena with a little help from his friends. He would like to thank Boy Ngema who spent days, tirelessly with him as they thread together Madala’s side of the story for “Back in Kitomena”.

 

 

  1. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Zimbali feat Max Laesser & Mdu Magwaza
    Engineer:Marius Botha, Neil Snyman & Richard Edwards
    Producer:Marius Botha & Neil Snyman
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  2. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Mlilo
    Engineer:Marius Botha, Neil Snyman & Richard Edwards
    Producer:Marius Botha & Neil Snyman
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  3. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Washa feat Sthembiso Hlela, Bernard Mndaweni, Eric Duma, Lu Dlamini, Sthembiso Ntuli & Paki Peloeole
    Engineer:Marius Botha, Neil Snyman & Richard Edwards
    Producer:Marius Botha & Neil Snyman
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  4. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Msila feat Guy Buttery, Zamo Mbutho, Sipho Nxumalo & Smanga Ngubane
    Engineer:Marius Botha, Neil Snyman & Richard Edwards
    Producer:Marius Botha & Neil Snyman
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  5. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Vila Voco feat Max Laesser, Lu Dlamini & Zamo Mbutho
    Engineer:Marius Botha, Neil Snyman & Richard Edwards
    Producer:Marius Botha & Neil Snyman
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  6. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Storotoro feat Dr. Sazi Dlamini, Vishen Kemraj, Guy Buttery & Mdu Magwaza
    Engineer:Marius Botha, Neil Snyman & Richard Edwards
    Producer:Marius Botha & Neil Snyman
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  7. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Sphithipithi feat Sthembiso Hlela
    Engineer:Marius Botha, Neil Snyman & Richard Edwards
    Producer:Marius Botha & Neil Snyman
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  8. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:No Pass No Special feat Sihlangu Zulu, Sphelele Dlammini, Guy Buttery, Lu Dlamini, Sthembiso Ntuli & Mdu Magwaza
    Engineer:Marius Botha, Neil Snyman & Richard Edwards
    Producer:Marius Botha & Neil Snyman
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  9. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Be Kind (KUKHONA OTHWELE) feat Lu Dlamini & Steve Newman
    Engineer:Marius Botha, Neil Snyman & Richard Edwards
    Producer:Marius Botha & Neil Snyman
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  10. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Draaihoek feat Njeza Dlamini, Zamo Mbutho & Sipho Nxumalo
    Engineer:Marius Botha, Neil Snyman & Richard Edwards
    Producer:Marius Botha & Neil Snyman
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  11. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Mfo Ka Sbebhu feat Hugh Masekela, Njeza Dlamini, Zamo Mbutho, Sipho Nxumalo & Smanga Ngubane
    Engineer:Marius Botha, Neil Snyman & Richard Edwards
    Producer:Marius Botha & Neil Snyman
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz
Madalaline
2000-02-05
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