Viewed as bonafide musical prophets in Malawi, the two musicians of Madalitso Band play simple, heartfelt music with unrelenting rhythm. They first performed in the markets of Lilongwe, the country’s capital. The duo creates compositions highlighting the babatone, a homemade instrument widely popular in Malawi. The babatone is best described as a one-string bass.
Madalitso Band were discovered
busking outside a shopping centre in 2009. Their vibrant playing, strong vocals
and traditional style caught the attention of Emanuel Kamwenje who recorded their
first album the same year. The band plays the babatone, a home-made instrument
which is very popular in Malawi and the four-string guitar, creating the
traditional Malawi banjo sound. The babatone player works on the side as a
“gardener” and the guitar player works as a “watchman” as required. Around Malawi they are revered as
2017 saw their first time to perform
outside the country when they were invited to play two shows at Sauti Za Busara
in Zanzibar. They caught the attention of the BBC who featured them on the
Global beats program, and were a big hit at the festival, bringing the whole
audience to their feet and full of smiles. Currently the band are about to
embark on their second European tour with a fruitful collaboration with Bongo
Joe Records who will be releasing a new album of the band soon.