Young as he is, Tiwonge Hango has shown Malawi there could be music that is both unique, tilting on African beat, and that sings of hope, unity and love.
Among local music enthusiasts, Tiwonge is remembered as the young boy at the helm of Tikhu Vibrations – one of the earliest groups to become Music Crossroads Southern Africa Kings.
Tikhu (a portmanteau of Tiwonge and Khumbo) was a family band. They stepped out of Malawi’s northern provinces with an explosive mix of traditional Malawi sounds and gospel rhythms. Their live performances captured audiences, with entertaining dance routines and one-of-a-kind costume changes, and a unique blend of traditional and modern instruments accompanied by rhythms and vocals both African and Western varieties.