King of the Zulu Guitar

Blessed with an uncanny ability to play the guitar, and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, Madala Kunene, is undoubtedly one of KwaZulu-Natal’s most respected musicians, having played with the likes of the late Hugh Masekela and Busi Mhlongo. While Kunene dislikes the idea of labels, his sound is most often associated with mbaqanga or maskandi music, although with … Read more

King of the Zulu Guitar

Madala Kunene has always done things his own way. Despite both of his parents being academics, Kunene refused to attend school and instead spent his childhood busking on the Durban beachfront, playing his own version of Maskandi guitar on an instrument made out of a cooking oil tin and fish gut. Kunene was born in … Read more