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BAFO BAFO (article first published : 2004-12-24)

Durban musical legends – Bafo Bafo, featuring the inimitable Syd Kitchen and Madala Kunene - come to the Catalina Theatre in Wilsons Wharf for a short season from January 12 to 16.

The Bafo Bafo partnership between Madala Kunene and Syd Kitchen has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2002. The two musicians have just returned from the South African “10 Years of Democracy” Cultural Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark, where they performed with Danish percussionist Lars Storck and gave workshops and take part in plenary discussions.

Besides appearing countrywide at every major South African music Festival and club in the last two years, Bafo Bafo have also performed at several notable corporate functions; among them the International Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg and the Africa Peace Awards in Durban. In addition, both members have performed internationally this past year. Syd Kitchen has been to England (to the Glastonbury Festival amongst others), Wales and Norway and Madala Kunene has performed in New York and Switzerland.

Other notable achievements include being commissioned by Cell C to provide an image that could be used as part of their effort to rejuvenate the inner city with art. This image is currently displayed on the side of Mackintosh House, 457 West Street, Durban. Bafo Bafo’s picture has also been extensively used by the “Proudly Durban” campaign in their marketing of the city during the past two years.

The Bafo Bafo debut album What Kind!? is completed and is currently being presented to record companies both locally and internationally. The Michael Cross filmed DVD documentary of the same name that had a showing at the recent Durban Film Festival; will be released simultaneously with the album.

Bafo Bafo appear at the Catalina Theatre at Wilson’s Wharf, Durban from January 12 to 16 at 20h00 (Sunday at 18h00). Tickets R60 (R50 concessions). Bookings on 031 305 6889. For more information visit www.bafobafo.co.za




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