Madala Kunene


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  • Musician

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  • ISEA2018

    Born in Cato Manor, Durban, Madala Kunene is commonly referred as the King of Zulu guitar. He began his musical career at the age of seven, making his first guitar out of a cooking oil tin and fish gut for strings. He soon became a popular performer in the townships. He went professional in the 70’s, and in the 90’s teamed up with the dance group Woza Africa where he wrote, sang and played guitar. Best known for his 1995 debut album, Kon’ko Man, Kunene has no interest in genre specifications and
    prescriptions. Instead, his brand of blues operates in an opaque space where cool jazz, maskandi, mbaqanga, and a myriad of East Coast blues intersect.


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  • South Africa

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