Artist Profiles: Michael ‘Nkululeku’ Ludonga

Michael ‘Nkululeku’ Ludonga – African drums, tenor marimba, vocals, dance.

Born on 15 November 1962, in Langa, drummer and marimba player Michael ‘Nkululeku’ Ludonga was given the name ‘Nkululeku’, – ‘freedom’ – because of ‘the end of the war’.

Michael’s father is a singer and composer, so he comes from a musical background and played a snare drum with the local Drum Majorettes. However his musical career really began in the church choir where he met other members of Amampondo.

Michael is another member of Amampondo that collaborated with Juno Reactor.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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