Madalitso band are a two man musical army from Malawi who’s uplifting performance has crowds dancing and beaming with wonder every time.
+ Cecilia Ndhlovu
Wednesday 6th September
at The Jam Jar, Bristol
Doors Open 7.30pm
Madiltso band hold roots in street performing – and whilst busking outside a shopping centre in 2009, their vibrant playing, strong vocals and traditional style caught the attention of local producer Emanuel Kamwenje who recorded their first album the same year.
The band plays the babatone – a home-made instrument popular in Malawi – and the four-string guitar, creating the traditional Malawi ‘banjo’ sound. When not playing or touring, babatone player Yobu Malinga works as a gardener and guitarist Yosefe Kalekeni works as a security guard, however around Malawi they are increasingly revered as musical prophets.
With their first album released on Bongo Joe records, the band has already performed at Womex 2020, Womad 2019, Roskilde 2018, Sauti Za Busara 2017…to name just a few.