Vocal Male / Female
KONKO MAN (BWSA 058)
2006 re - issue with new cover sleeve and a new CD remastered by London engineer Chris Lewis.
Shortly after working with Madala and Airto during the Outernational Meltdown recordings, Pops Mohamed called me early 1995 to say that the Shades choir from London was touring South Africa and that he wanted them to record a few tracks with Bafo Madala. A few weeks later the tapes arrived in the UK during a recording session with Airto Moreira and Flora Purim who were so touched by the music that they asked to take the material to Santa Barbara for further production and overdubs. The track Konko Man or Strong Man has travelled the world and has helped forming a global fan base for this gentle Zulu man from Kwa Zulu Natal. The Oscar nominated local film YESTERDAY for which Madala composed the music, has cemented his reputation and his views expressed in his songs attract a lot of young South Africans in search of traditional values.
Abangoma, Sani Bonani and Igwababa feature the amazing vocals of Busi Mhlongo from the times when Madala first introduced Busi to the label owner Robert Trunz during the recording sessions in Johannesburg in 1995.
Track Listing (30 Second Samples)
1. COMPANY (4.54)
2. KON'KO MAN (4.11)
3. ABANGOMA feat Busi Mhlongo (8.30)
4. KHONO THWELE (7.50)
5. GUMBELA (6.59)
6. IGWABABA feat. Busi Mhlongo (5.39)
7. SANI BONANI feat Busi Mhlongo(5.17)
8. CELEBRATE (4.29)
9. WASHA (6.52)