Watch: Kachamba Brothers

Here are field recordings of the Kachamba Brothers Daniel and Donald, who brought kwela music (a driving dance music powered by virtuoso penny whistle players) from South Africa and Zimbabwe to Malawi in the 1960s. The clips were filmed in 1967, and are from a compilation of field recordings by ethnomusicologist Gerhard Kubik, which looks at solo fingerstyle guitar music from Uganda, Congo, Central African Republic, Malawi, Namibia and Zambia.

You can read more about the brothers in this excellent blog post, which is full of recordings by the Kachamba Brothers and also by other artists influenced by the introduction of kwela to Malawi.


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