King of the Zulu Guitar Vol.1
Durban, South Africa, in the year 1995
Those who read or watched the news in 1995 will have noticed the ongoing violent clashes between the then still-fighting factions in the Zululand. The sounds of gunfire throughout the night meant barricade yourself and wait for the morning when it was time to count the bodies. Those patient people who have gone through decades of apartheid and brutality have come through at the end under a president who knew more about repression than most but is still smiling, loving and forgiving.
There is talent everywhere, and Madala Kunene dedicates his life to peace and helping make a difference. It was during the daytime hours in 1995 when I recorded this album live on the riverbank and at the bottom of his garden using a stereo Sony DAT recorder and a Soundfield microphone – everything battery-driven because of a lack of electricity in places like remote farms in KwaZulu hinterland. Peter Thwaites helped with the recordings with Pops Mohamed and my wife Libera enjoying the rural beauty of KZN. Dick Jewell was kind enough to film some of the encounters of Madala with percussionist Mabi Thobejane or Busi Mhlongo rehearsing in their hotel room in Johannesburg.
A Long Walk to meet the King of the Zulu guitar.
- Artist:Madala Kunene
Track Name:Indiza - Aeroplane (Remastered)