Intuitive, authentic, and full of ruthless rhythms, Madalitso will make you clap, dance, smile, and rethink everything you thought you knew about African sound and instrumentation.
Musakayike, meaning 'don't doubt us', is the second international release from Madalitso Band under Bongo Joe Records. It's the duo shining and enjoying every minute of their time in the studio performing their upbeat music with joyful vocals, four-string guitar, babatoni and cow-skin kick drum. The experience they've had of performing around festival stages and recording in different studios shows in this new album which remains raw, just like Wasalala, but has something new in it. Songs like 'Chikondi Sichiona Nkhope' - 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' show they're still churning out beautiful and meaningful lyrics, and it's a very happy thing to finally have Jingo Janga on an album, since it has been the regular song played for an encore.
released June 17, 2022
All songs composed by Yobu Maligwa and Yosefe Kalekeni.
Bababtone and Lead Vocals – Yobu Maligwa
Guitar, Drum and Backing Vocals – Yosefe Kalekeni
Lead Vox on Wandiputa Dala – Yosefe Kalekeni
Produced by Neil Nayar & Cyril Yeterian
Recorded by Neil Nayar at Pa Mwala, Lilongwe.
Mixed by Benoit "Gerard" Erard at Ritmo Studio
Mastered by Tim Stollenwerk at Stereophonics
Cover artwork by Felix Vincent
Lyrics translated by Isaac Mafuel and Maloto Chimkombero.
Photos by Ahmed Abadu White and Kwanjana Kanyanda of Satellite Entertainment.
Many thanks to Emmanuel Kamwenje for taking us from the streets to the studio, to Neil Nayar for finding us our first chance outside Malawi. Thanks to Sauti Za Busara for taking a chance on an unknown band, to TiB Gléréan for getting us touring regularly in Europe and to Bongo Joe Records for being such a cool and fun label to work with.
Thanks to Alia Prod, Peter Hvalkov, Mael Saletes, Vincent Bertholet, Rita Ray, Carine Tredgold, Manuel Bagoro, Brian Keigher, and all the other festivals, radio shows, newspapers who've supported the band.
And biggest thanks of all to the wonderful people of the world for bringing your dancing shoes, smiles and good vibes to our shows or in your living rooms. Enjoy the music!
Intuitive, authentic, and full of ruthless rhythms, Malawian Madalitso Band has taken Europe by storm. Madalitso will make you clap, dance, smile, and rethink everything you thought you knew about African sound and instrumentation.
Truly amazing and unique.
After the two recordings of Groupe RTD (2020) and The Ano Nobo Quartet (2022), Ostinato Records has once again managed a great production with Noori & His Dorpa Band!
Big thanks to Vik Sohonie/Ostinato Records.
5/5 Ordinary Joe