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Freddie Gwala

The creative thoughts of Freddie Gwala have once again been gathered to create a new album. This album, MADUBULA AMADAMARA features Freddie’s self-created Zumba genre, soul music fused with disco. 

This will be Freddie’s second album with Bula Music, although he released an astounding 12 albums previously, since the start of his solo career in 1992. “Self confidence and respecting people” is, according to Freddie, the key to a long lasting success in the music industry. Freddie believes MADUBULA AMADAMARA is his best album yet. “This is my year”, says Freddie.  

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Madubula Amadamara

Freddie was born and brought up in Soweto and is extremely proud of his roots. He still lives in Soweto with his wife and three children.

Freddie started off his music career by forming a group called Pure Gold in 1973 with his brothers. He later also played a major role in the formation of Platform One. Freddie still produces and composes songs for these groups. 

In the last year Freddie performed in the UK and plans to return are already in the pipeline. Freddie is also organizing trips to perform in Canada and Madrid.

Freddie has left his mark all over the country, contributing to albums from artists such as Blondie Makhene, Vusi Shange and Brenda Fassie. Freddie composed the song “My Baby” which features on Brenda Fassie’s album titled Imali. But Freddie is not content to have the list end there. He still has hopes to work with The Soul Brothers, Shabalala Rhythm and Ray Phiri.

Naturally, Freddie composed the songs for MADUBULA AMADAMARA himself and also produced the album, with the help of Sam Ndlovu.

Musically, Freddie gains inspiration from groups such as The Soul Brothers and Lady Smith Black Mambazo. Inspiration for his lyrics comes from his time spent in jail. “I’m singing for the inmates and the youth out there,” says Freddie. Through his music he hopes to motivate them to stay free from crime and learn from his mistake.

Each song has a message of the consequences of crime and the pain that it causes. Ultimately, MADUBULA AMADAMARA gives a realistic view of the life of a criminal.

Freddie’s favourite track on the album, Bakhendl’ikaar yami, is a song about the police stripping confiscated cars and selling the parts. “This is what happens,” says Freddie.

Ung’thatha kancane, track 2 on the album, tells the story of an inmate loosing his wife to another man while he is in jail. This upbeat song is backed by a superb chorus.

Sicel’umthandazo, is a prayer that is dedicated to the prisioners. The song asks God to send the Holy Spirit to the prisons. Freddie wrote this song after being asked by numerous prisoners for a prayer to pray.

Iziboshwa tells the world that the prisoners can worship too and that they should still be treated as people.

MADUBULA AMADAMARA is an entertaining and buoyant album with a serious underlying message that all should take a listen to.