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 musical prophets.
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.
Excerpt from Robin Chaibva writing on Sauti Za Busara for the Zimbabwe Times
Standout groups included Malawian Madalitso Band, who played their music using traditional instruments and delivered soothing melodies. The simplicity and organic sound of the band mesmerised the Amphitheatre stage in the Old Fort. .
Madalitso well received by Sauti Za Busara
It was our first time to leave the country or stay in a Hotel, and when we saw African artists arriving from all around the world, we just knew we had to play our music and see what came next. It was amazing that all these people appreciated the music so much. This experience was the begining of something new for us.