Bafo The Mentor – The Forest Jam Sessions

Madala Kunene - better known as Bafo or the King of the Zulu Guitar – is not just a guardian of tradition but has long been a MENTOR and guide for generations of young musicians. In 2014 I invited him to join FOREST JAM - an international non-profit organisation founded in Switzerland. Over a short span of 4 years Madala got involved in collaborations with young artists form Switzerland, Italy, Cuba, Madagascar, Mocambique and from all over South Africa. On his first week long Forest Jam gathering in the forests of the Swiss Alps Bafo dedicated his teaching to young local musicians For the public Sunday concert Madala hosted Glauco Cataldo, Fabio Meier, Matthias Abaecherli, Manuel Buechel, Jessica Cabales, Olombelo Ricky, Bafana Nhlapo and Frank Magongwa to whom the second part of this album is dedicated. The album starts off with an outdoor stereo recording in Durban (SA) with Matthias Abaecherli on violin and Bernard Sibusiso Mndaweni - Bafo's bass players for decades who in my humble opinion is the grooviest bass player in the Republic. It's followed with recordings made at the Cullinan Farm outside Pretoria early 2015 featuring Malombo drummer & percussionist Mabi Gabriel Thobejane, drummer Fabio Meier, percussionist Gontse Makhene and electric guitarists Lerato Lichaba and Carlo Menet.The digital album release MADALA KUNENE – BAFO THE MENTOR and two more FOREST JAM releases were put together during the COVID 19 lockdown period in Durban and contain bits of conversations and footage which were engraved in my memory for a long time waiting to be shared and enjoyed. Mastering engineer Chris Lewis London UK. Robert Trunz Executive Producer MELT 2000

Track listing:

1 Umvelingani (Bank Terrace) – Madala Kunene feat Bernard Sibusiso Mndaweni and Matthias Abächerli
Recorded by Robert Trunz in stereo with Zoom at Bank Terrace in Durban

2 Ikhalapi – Madala Kunene, Mabi Gabriel Thobejane, Gontse Makhene, Fabio Meier, Lerato Lichaba and Matthias Abächerli
Recorded at The Farm in Cullinan by Nelius Nortje. Mixed and mastered by Chris Lewis

3 Zürich Cullinan – Madala Kunene & Carlo Menet
Lyrics by Madala Kunene – composition by Madala Kunene & Carlo Menet
Recorded at The Farm in Cullinan by Nelius Nortje. Mixed and mastered by Chris Lewis

4 Mphefumulo (part 1 Cullinan) Madala Kunene and Matthias Abächerli **
Lyrics by Madala Kunene, composition by Madala Kunene and Matthias Abächerli

5 Mphefumulo (part 2 Cullinan) Madala Kunene, Mabi Gabriel Thobejane, Gontse Makhene, Fabio Meier, Lerato Lichaba and Matthias Abächerli
** both recorded at The Farm in Cullinan by Nelius Nortje. Mixed and mastered by Chris Lewis

6 Imfene Emthini (Monkey on a Tree – Sa Roy) – Madala Kunene & Sa Roy Malagasy Intro by Damy Sinaotsy – Guitar by Madala Kunene
Lyrics by Soaraza Patrice Thomas & composition by Madala Kunene Recorded by Robert Trunz in stereo via Panasonic camera at The Freedom Station in Johannesburg.
Editing and mastering by Chris Lewis, London

7 Telo Lahy – Sa Roy feat. Madala Kunene, Soaraza Patrice Thomas, Ando Pra, Sambeto Eugene, Matthias Abaecherli, Mododozi Keswa & Mabi Gabriel Thobejane
Produced and recorded by Soaraza Patrice Thomas and Matthias Abächerli in Tulear Madagascar and Durban South Africa. Mixed by Matthias Abächerli and Chris Lewis, Mastered by Chris Lewis in London.
Composers Soaraza Patrice Thomas & Matthias Abächerli Lyrics by Soaraza Patrice Thomas, published by Forest Jam Publishing SHEER

8 Manu Trance – Madala Kunene & Manuel Buechel (both acoustic guitars) feat. Jessica Cabrales (bass), Matthias Abächerli (cello) Lerato Lichaba (electric guitar) – composition by Manuel Buechel & Madala Kunene
Original track mixed and recorded live at Forest Jam Melchtal 2014 by Richard Edwards, overdubs recorded at Bank Terrace in Durban by Matthias
Abächerli, CD and streaming mastering by Chris Lewis

9 Abangoma Italy – Madala Kunene (acoustic guitar,vocal) & Glauco Cataldo (vocal) feat. Bafana Nhlapo (perc), Frank Magongwa (bass)
Original track mixed and recorded live at Forest Jam Melchtal 2014 by Richard Edwards, CD and streaming mastering by Chris Lewis

10 Martha Got A Flea – Madala Kunene & Guy Buttery (both acoustic guitars) Composition and lyrics by Madala Kunene
Recorded and mixed by Guy Buttery at his home studio in Durban, South Africa

11 Washa – Madala Kunene feat. Matthias Abächerli & Fabio Meier
Original track mixed and recorded live at Forest Jam Melchtal (Switzerland) in 2014 by Richard Edwards, mastering by Chris Lewis

  1. Artist:Madala Kunen
    Track Name:Umvelingani (Bank Terrace) feat. Matthias Abaecherli, Bernard Sibusiso Mndaweni
    Engineer:Chris Lewis, Robert Trunz
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  2. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Ikhalapi feat. Mabi Gabriel Thobejane, Matthias Abaecherli, Gontse Makhene, Fabio Meier, Lerato Lichaba
    Engineer:Nelius Nortje & Chris Lewis
    Producer:Robert Trunz & Matthias Abaecherli
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  3. Artist:Madala Kuenen & Carlo Menet
    Track Name:Zürich Cullinan
    Engineer:Nelius Nortje & Chris Lewis
    Producer:Carlo Menet
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  4. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Mphefumulo (Part 1 Cullinan) feat. Matthias Abaecherli
    Engineer:Nelius Nortje & Chris Lewis
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  5. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Mphefumulo (Part 2 Cullinan) feat. Mabi Gabriel Thobejane, Matthias Abaecherli, Gontse Makhene, Fabio Meier, Lerato Lichaba
    Engineer:Nelius Nortje & Chris Lewis
    Producer:Mattias Abaecherli
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  6. Artist:Madala Kunene & sa Roy
    Track Name:Imfene Emthini (Monkey on a Tree - Sa Roy) feat. Sa Roy
    Engineer:Robert Trunz (ZOOM) & Chris Lewis
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  7. Artist:Sa Roy & Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Telo Lahy feat. Mabi Gabriel Thobejane, Matthias Abaecherli
    Engineer:Matthias Abaecherli & Chris Lewis
    Producer:Matthias Abaecherli
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  8. Artist: Madala Kunene & Manuel Büchel
    Track Name:Manu Trance feat. Matthias Abaecherli, Lerato Lichaba, Jessica Cabrales
    Engineer:Richard Edwards & Chris Lewis
    Producer:Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  9. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Abangoma Italy feat. Glauco Cataldo, Bafana Nhlapo, Frank Magongwa
    Engineer:Richard Edwards & Chris Lewis
    Producer:Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz

  10. Artist:Madala Kunene & Guy Buttery
    Track Name:Martha Got a Flea feat. Guy Buttery
    Engineer:Guy Buttery
    Producer:Guy Buttery
    Executive Producer:Guy Buttery

  11. Artist:Madala Kunene
    Track Name:Washa feat. Matthias Abaecherli, Fabio Meier
    Engineer:Richard Edwards & Chris Lewis
    Producer:Robert Trunz
    Executive Producer:Robert Trunz
Madalaline / Forest Jam
2021-10-20
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