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Madalitso band

Banjo Music (Malawi)

Team

Yosefe Kalekeni
Banjo from Malawi, drum, voice
Yobu Malingwa
Babatone, voice

photo Satellite Entertainment Lilongwe

Contact

Thibault Gléréan
tib@la-curieuse.com
+33 (0)6 60 68 26 08

Credit

Selection Womex 2020

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Madalitso band are a two man musical army from Malawi. Described as 'Uplifting and Vibrant' by the BBC, they get a crowd to their feet and big smiling. Their first album was produced by Bongo Joe records and the band has already performed at Womex 2020, Womad 2019, Roskilde 2018, Sauti Za Busara 2017 and many more.

Madalitso Band were discovered busking outside a shopping centre in 2009. Their vibrant playing, strong vocals and traditional style caught the attention of Emanuel Kamwenje who recorded their first album the same year.

The band plays the babatone, a home-made instrument which is very popular in Malawi and the four-string guitar, creating the traditional Malawi banjo sound. The babatone player works on the side as a “gardener” and the guitar player works as a “watchman” as required. Around Malawi they are revered as musical prophets.

2017 saw their first time to perform outside the country when they were invited to play two shows at Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar. They caught the attention of the BBC who featured them on the Global beats program, and were a big hit at the festival, bringing the whole audience to their feet and full of smiles.

Now they’re about to hit the road again with HIFA in Zimbabwe followed by a European tour in the summer through Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Sweden.

WOMEX 20 – Madalitso Band & Interview with Jon Kertzer

Next dates
may 21

Le Singe – Bienne (CH)

may 29

Maailma kylässä | World Village Festival – Helsinki (FI)

june 03

La Belle Lurette – Saint Macaire (33)

june 05-06

Festival Tempos du Monde – Saint-Paul-lès-Dax (40)

Videos

Ndalakwanji 2020
Small documentary 2020
Live at Roskilde festival - 2018
Festival de la Cité (CH) 2018
Vina Vina Malawi 2020
BBC Live 2018

Albums

Wasalala

2019

Madalitso Band were discovered busking outside a shopping centre in 2009. Their vibrant playing, strong vocals and traditional style caught the attention of Emanuel Kamwenje who recorded their first album the same year.

The band plays the babatone, a home-made instrument which is very popular in Malawi and the four-string guitar, creating the traditional Malawi banjo sound. The babatone player works on the side as a “gardener” and the guitar player works as a “watchman” as required. Around Malawi they are revered as musical prophets.

Wasalala

1. Vina Vina Malawi
2. Naphiri
3. Mita
4. ChikondiCholawa
5. Nambewe
6. Wasalala
7. MoyoWaLelo
8. Chinakulaka

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Credits

Label les Disques Bongo Joe
Distribution L’Autre Distribution

Recorded by Erik Paliani
Mixed by Jasper Geluk
Mastering Tim Stollenwerk
Artwork Felix Vincent
Artistic Supervision Vincent Bertholet & Cyril Yeterian