Madala Kunene and Bernard Mndaweni - Uxolo
Vocal Male / Female

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UXOLO (MZA 036)

special guest: Umshika Shika Qabe (guitar)

Peace, oscar nominations and a lifetime of plucking strings and chickens The 21st century has been hard for many live performers. Chiefly because DJing and digitally generated music leave little room for traditional musicians to earn a living playing live. This led to arguments and discontent amongst several artists in Kwa-Zulu Natal. To a point when in 2004, I decided to pack my car with a portable DAT recorder (plus a couple of microphones) and head off to seek peace between the bickering factions by using music as a medium for negotiation. Uxolo is the result of this mission.

 

Apart from Uxolo, Madala's most recent achievement is the soundtrack music he composed for the Oscar-nominated film "Yesterday", which also competed successfully at the International Film Festivals in Venice and Toronto. Coming as it does after several definitive albums like King of Zulu Guitar, Kon-ko Man and MadaMax, this music "the Madala-line" requires six different tunings and a delicate plucking style. Although based on divination (trance) rhythms, it weaves elements from genres as diverse as maskanda and folk into the groove. The lyrics are made up of old poems, chants, dream images, lullabies and ancestral wisdoms.
Robert Trunz

Track Listing (30 Second Samples)

1.
SANIBONANI (5.55)
2.
UXOLO (3.11)
3.
AKUKHO MPUNGA YEHLATHI (3.54)
4.
KHON'OTHWELE (7.50)
5.
IKHAL'APHI (4.24)
6.
UMVELINQANGE (6.31)
7.
MALUJU (6.32)
8.
UMSHELEKANJANI UMKAMUNTU (3.06)
9.
SIYACELA - UHULUMENDE (4.54)
10.
CABAZINI (4.59)
11.
UNOGWAJA (4.48)