Madala Kunene, Zulu guitar legend from South Africa. Just found a best of album “African Classics” and can’t stop listening. Soulful singing and melodies that are entrancing, rooted in Zulu music traditions and spirituality. “When I am playing, my brain is not there. Each time I go to a place I’ve never been before.”


Madala Kunene revived the ‘Madalaine’ style of guitar playing, combining blues & soul with African folk, and developing the trance – like quality of his Zulu folk singing.

“Although Kunene makes the routine musician’s complaints (radio doesn’t go for the “deep stuff”; most promoters are “only interested in money”; “there’s a minister for soccer but not music”), there’s nothing routine about his art. So fuck the McWorld and the kak it sells as soul. Madala Kunene’s alchemy is the real thing. Just do it. Open yourself to this natural mystic and his dwaal jol.” – Richard Pithouse, Green Left

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