Lu Dlamini & Madala Kunene in Concert


Date: 29 April 2016
Venue: Drama Theatre
Ticket Price: R150.00
Times:  7pm



Lu Dlamini launches “Ulimi-Lami”

Madala Kunene launches “1959”

Two of Durban’s most iconic, revered and recognisable musicians Lu Dlamini and Madala Kunene, together with special guests, will perform a double bill on Friday 29 April in the Playhouse Drama to launch their respective new CDs: Lu Dlamini will launch Ulimi-Lami and Madala Kunene will launch 1959.

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

Originality is a rare quality; it is also a gift. Singer/ composer Lu Dlamini reveals her phenomenal talent through 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 astonishing musicality which straddles contemporary melodic jazz to love ballads; soul-gospel to Latino inspirations; pop and bouncy to poetry. Lu Dlamini pours her musical expertises and experience into Ulimi-Lami; and it is an extraordinarily moving journey for the listener.

Ulimi-Lami  is a triumphant album; it opens a treasure trove of magical yet disparate songs whilst keeping them all together in a harmonious and loving whole. It is Lu Dlamini’s gift to those who can hear beyond the melodies and techniques to the place where she cradles the soul of a nation within the context of humanity itself.

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

Madala Kunene’s story is one of Durban’s urban mythologies; Madala himself is the care taker 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 a new album 1959; the year of the forced removals

The album starts covers a myriad emotions: from joyful and innocent to youthful ; sadness and gentle protest; ambient, ghostly and magical. He explores relevant subject matter:  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; Be Kind – a philosophy expressed by all great humanitarians and mystics and contemplating lobolo for your daughter.

1959 is an important SA album from an important SA 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. 1959 serves everyone and reiterates the ancient role of the musician as a guardian of history and the spokesperson of the tribe of human beings, where ever he may find himself.

·        The 12 track album 1959 was recorded at The Headroom.
·        Lu Dlamini & Madala Kunene in Concert is produced in association with the Playhouse Company

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