Definition of madala in English:

madala

Pronunciation /məˈdɑːlə/

noun

South African
  • An old man; an ‘old one’. Frequently as a term of somewhat affectionate or respectful address, especially to an elderly black man.

adjective

South African
  • Especially of elderly men: old.

Origin

1960s. From Zulu madala, vocative of umadala old one.