Watch Peter Mawanga on BBC’s Africa Beats

Peter Mawanga and the Amaravi Movement

The latest episode of BBC’s Africa Beats series, which showcases the continent’s best up-and-coming musical talent, featured Malawi’s Peter Mawanga performing with his band the Amaravi Movement and discussing his musical influences, motivations and aspirations.

Mawanga notes that while a lot of Malawi’s musicians play musical styles borrowed from elsewhere such as reggae and hip hop, the foundation for all his music stems from traditional Malawian rhythms and instruments.

Known as “the voice of the voiceless”, Mawanga says: “What I want to see myself achieving on behalf of my nation is selling Malawian music – what is truly Malawian – outside Malawi.”

Watch the video over on BBC News Africa now.

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