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BELLA V AND MADALA KUNENE (article first published : 2008-01-31)

King of the Zulu guitar, legendary Madala Kunene, teams up with master flutist, Bella V (otherwise known as Vivienne Simchowitz) at Luna Lounge for a one night only performance on 2nd Feb.

Internationally acclaimed musician, Vivienne was born in Johannesburg and as a college student during the riots of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, found the Black improvisational sounds coming out of Soweto at the time, a strong influence on her musical career. She has performed in many countries globally, including Australia, Isreal, Turkey, Europe, Mexico, Costa Rica, Hawaii and California-to name a few, while home schooling her two children!

Vivienne has also enjoyed chart success where Bella V held firm position in the top ten for two consecutive months.

Now after 34 years of performing abroad, Vivienne has returned to South Africa-specifically her hometown Durban.

Vivienne met Madala Kunene recently. “ There was an instant and magical musical rapport and we started creating new music together at once. We are now collaborating on a number of projects and are very excited about these new sounds which we hope to share with Durban and South African audiences,” says Vivienne.

Madala Kunene needs no introduction to most ardent music lovers. Born in Durban in the ‘50’s into an imminent family of fervent academics, he refused to attend school, gladly taking much punishment for his disobedience and fired his passion for music- he started busking in the Durban streets at the tender age of 7yrs- making his first guitar out of an old tin and fishing gut for strings –only buying his first real guitar in 1963 and began imitating Western music like that of The Beatles.

He tired of this and leaving for Johannesburg, he soon shared the stages with legends such as Busi Mhlongo and Doc Mathlalane. The violence of the ‘70’s brought him back home to protect the family and much of his musical career was forced into him concentrating on his own creativity: low key performances covering blues, jazz and African folk.

An invitation from Greg Georgiades, Ashis Joshi and Ernest Mthole to join them in a live collaboration in 2004,was followed by many invitations to perform in prominent venues such as Bassline.

“Madala’s soulful blues and folk sounds blend beautifully with Vivienne’s equally soulful flute and this unique and fresh collaboration brings a new excitement to our stages,” says publicist Tanya van Agthoven.

Bella V and Madala Kunene will perform on Febuary 2 from 19h00 at LUNA LOUNGE, now at 16 Dan Pienaar Road, Kloof (behind Kloof High School). Entrance is R60 per person and booking is essential. Call Debbie on 0722801949 or Narene on 0836593628 for more information.




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