Madope’s production on Jazz legend McCoy Mrubata’s SAMA award winning project “Braaskaap Sessions Volume 2” serves to do away with any inclination to compartmentalize him in a particular genre following the good reception his work with Asanda Bam enjoyed. Madope’s work on Dumza Maswana’s album, Molo, sees the producer venture into a contemporary Xhosa influenced space musically.
A graduate of FUBA, Madope’s resume includes working with international artists such as Gerald Albright (USA), Billy Ocean (UK), Ken Philmore (Trinidad and Tobago) and Soweto Kinch (UK). Of course locally Madope has played with many South African musical greats, the late Victor Ntoni, Vusi Khumalo, Ringo Madlingozi, Selealo Selota, Tshepo Tsola, Kabomo, Sphokazi, RJ Benjamin, Mbuso Khoza, to name but a few.
Unsurprisingly, Madope also has theatre work under his belt. He took part in theatre productions by Don Kinch, Vusi Kunene, Aubrey Sekgabi, Vuyani Dance to name but a few. He was also the band leader in the musical African Mamas, directed by Peter Ultee. This production toured Denmark, Holland, Germany, France and Belgium. He was also called upon by McCoy Mrubata for a musical cultural exchange Norwegian and South African collaboration.
Luyanda Madope has recently released a single titled Gweru, from his project with brass trio H3, titled Connecting Generations, a concept that celebrates SA composers, raising awareness around the music that has moved us as a nation. The project features works by composers such as Thandiswa Mazwai, Feya Faku, Zamajobe and Prince Lengoasa. He also features works of younger performers, composers and writers such as Sakhile Simani and Spha Mdlalose, bringing together the two generations of composers in South African music, which Madope says is the essence of the project.
- Luyanda Madope – piano
- Senzo Ngcobo – trombone
- Tendai Shoxx Shoko – bass
- Sphelelo Mazibuko – drums
- Lwanda Gogwana – trumpet
- Thami Mahlangu – tenor saxophone
- Titi Luzipo – guest vocalist