Uxam Ulilela Abantwana Bakhe

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    Recorded by Alex Bozas and produced by Derek Gripper, this is the first entirely acoustic and solo recording by one of South Africa's living musical legends. The recording features Madosini on mouthbow, calabash resonated bow and jaw harp.

    Madosini, The Queen of Xhosa Music, is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in Xhosa music today. She continues to expand on the traditional repertoire of her chosen instruments by composing new songs and instrumental pieces.

    Madosini was born in a village called Mqhekezweni, about 10 km west of Umtata in the Eastern Cape. While she was still young her family moved to the Libode district in eastern Mpondoland. Taught by her mother, Madosini began playing, composing songs, and making instruments at an early age. Her skills on instruments could be heard at social gatherings and she was loved by all. When she was 12 Madosini fell ill and spent much of her time making and playing instruments, developing a love for music which has stayed with her throughout her life. Her first commercial recording came when a film crew paid her R8 to record eight songs. Mysteriously some of these songs began being heard on commercial radio and in music stores in other parts of the country many years later, but Madosini was never compensated. Eventually Madosini’s renown caught the attention of Dizu Plaaitjies, leader of Amapondo, who eventually persuaded Madosini to join his group which she performed with in many parts of the world.

    Madosini eventually relocated to Cape Town where she lives today, pursuing a solo performing career, and continuing her frequent visits to other countries to share her stories, music, and song.

    "Back then it was simply a way of life and people made their own entertainment. Nowadays the traditions we lived by are dying and people are no longer telling stories and making music. I had to try my best to keep it all alive." Madosini

    Includes unlimited streaming of Eparadesi Nkosi Uzube Nam via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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from Eparadesi Nkosi Uzube Nam, released May 1, 2010

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Derek Gripper Cape Town, South Africa

In “One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali”, Derek Gripper has arranged and performed on classical guitar the compositions of legendary Malian musicians Toumani Diabate, Ali Farka Toure, Ballaké Sissoke and Vincent Segal. Songlines Magazine called the album ”a staggering achievement,” selecting the recording as a Top of the World album in March 2013. ... more

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