Lu Dlamini and Madala Kunene will be performing at the Playhouse in Durban

TWO of Durban’s most iconic, revered and recognisable musicians Lu Dlamini and Madala Kunene will be performing in the Drama Theatre at the Playhouse in Durban at 7 pm on Friday, April 29. Both musicians will be launching new albums – Lu’s Ulimi-Lami and Madala’s 1959.

The evening takes the format of two standalone concerts: with Lu in the spotlight during the first half, and Madala  and his guitar taking centre stage after interval. The acclaimed Claremont Community choir will be among the special guests taking part in the evening and will perform with both soloists.

Originality is a rare quality; it is also a gift. Singer/composer Lu showcases her talent in Ulimi-Lami, a collection of songs that celebrate the capacity of the creative individual to personalise a signature art form and make it deeply appealing.

Lu’s voice has depth and range on the physical level; but it is the vehicle for soulful, intelligent and emotional comment in every note. A mature artist with a huge body of experience, this beautiful album is set to spark fires of passionate acknowledgement wherever it is heard.

She is supported by an impressive line up of music-makers on her album: Sphelele Dlamini (penny whistle); Nir Hermelin (guitar); Barney Bopehla (keyboards and organ); Bernard Mndaweni (bass); Paki Peleoele (drums); Demi Fernadez (guitar); Bavikile Ngema (vocals); Nux Schwartz (guitar); Mzamo Zungu (drums); Mazwakhe Gumede (bass) and Madala Kunene (vocals).

The 11-track album showcases her musicality which straddles everything from contemporary melodic jazz to love ballads; soul-gospel to Latino inspirations; pop and bouncy to poetry.

Ulimi-Lami was recorded at The Headroom, mixed by Marius Botha and Mastered I in Switzerland by Richard Edwards.

Madala’s story is one of Durban’s urban mythologies; and Madala himself is the caretaker of a personal and socio-political history expressed through his extraordinary creativity and total immersion in his art form.

A barefoot youngster runs to catch coins falling from seaside holiday flats in one chapter of this history; in another he travels the world and is respected for a body of work which has never known compromise. Now Madala Kunene brings all the ingredients of his life as a minstrel and shaman to 1959; the year of the forced removals

On the album, he explores his deep concern for the future of humanity; the passing of traditional ethics; shared responsibility; the fight for political power within the Zulu nation; the inhuman control of one group of people over another  in particular the apartheid government’s cruel domination over the native population; and contemplating lobolo for your daughter.

1959 is an important album from an important South African artist; a historical social commentator who has gravitas and global acknowledgement for his unique place in the musical industry. It has been achieved in collaboration with strong musical associates and friends.

The 12 track album 1959 was recorded at The Headroom.

Tickets for Lu Dlamini and Madala Kunene in Concert are R150 at Computicket.

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