Artist Profiles: Madalitso Group | World Music

Madalitso Band is a fascinating duo from Malawi who perform traditional music with unconventional musical instruments. Performers use a 4-string acoustic guitar and foot drum, as well as a homemade long-string instrument called a babatone, as well as vocals.

Initially, the Madalitso Band made a living playing the streets of their hometown of Lilongwe for ten years until they were discovered by a local producer. The duo recorded their debut album in 2009. Word of mouth eventually enabled them to perform at Zanzibar’s famous Sauti Za Busara festival in 2017. Six months later, the musicians boarded a plane to the first time in their life, on their way to their first album. European tour.

Since then, Madalitso Band has recorded a second album for Bongo Joe Records and has performed extensively in Europe, performing at the world’s top music festivals and the influential WOMEX showcase in 2020.

Yosefe Kalekeni plays guitar and bass drum and also has a guard job. Yobu Malingwa plays babatone and also works as a gardener.


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Wasalala (Les Disques Bongo Joe, 2019)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music for many years. He founded the and websites. Angel is also a co-founder of the Transglobal World Music Chart. Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts and Music of the World.

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