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4 Stars for ‘Made In Malawi’

Neil and The New Vibration‘s debut album ‘Made In Malawi’ has garnered a 4-star review in the prestigious Songlines magazine.

“They have created a thoroughly charming fusion of country rock with some African pop elements. Nayar has a captivating voice. He also plays an acoustic guitar that blends seamlessly with the sparkling electric guitar of Blessings Nkhoma. The end result? Refreshing and unpretentious.”

You can purchase the album on iTunes here:



The Very Best’s video from Mangochi for new single ‘Hear Me’

Ahead of the release of their next album, The Very Best have shared the incredible video for their new single ‘Hear Me’. The time lapses were filmed around M’dala Chikowa Village in Mangochi where the album was written and recorded. The track features Vampire Weekend‘s Chris Baio on bass.

Johan Hugo says of shooting the video:

Between writing songs and recording we would climb the mountains above the lake and set the camera up to take time lapses. Any time we wanted a break we would bring the camera on a tripod to the shop or to someone’s small house and leave it taking time lapses. We would sit for hours in the dark while the camera clicked away, working on a song, tweaking melodies or words, mosquitoes everywhere. Sometimes we would leave the camera running and trek back to the house, hoping no one would find it.

Read more about the video and single on Pitchfork here.

Malawi Mouse Boys’ US tour featured in Washington Times


Following their sold-out tour in the United States, the Malawi Mouse Boys have been featured in The Washington Times.

“We have wanted to play in the United States since we were 12, and we thank God and we thank [Mr. Brennan our manager] for bringing us here. We can’t believe we are here, and even our parents can’t believe we are here,” said Joseph, one of the musicians. “Our music is not a joke and it is not just something for us to do. We have always played music. Sometimes we thank God for giving us this music that comes from within us.”

“People talk about good music and bad music. For me, even though all music is meaningful to someone, the ‘dividing line’ is truth music that is truly genuine and can generate emotion,” said Grammy-winning producer Ian Brennan, the group’s manager. “The Malawi Mouse Boys grew up as almost brothers. Their bond is similar to that of the Jackson 5 or the Carter Family. That is what makes their music so genuine, so truthful.”

The Malawi Mouse Boys’ sophomore album Dirt Is Good, released this year, is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Malawi at Glasgow 2014

Mafilika and The Very Best

Mafilika and The Very Best

The biggest ever Malawian music event to happen in Scotland to date takes place as part of the cultural celebrations for the 20th Commonwealth Games. Lake of Stars will host a special free entry event at Glasgow Green on Saturday 26 July.

Malawian artists Tay Grin, The Very Best and Mafilika will join forces with Scottish musicians Stanley Odd and Algerian-British artist Yadi for an energetic evening of hip-hop, afro-indie and dance-pop, celebrating Glasgow and Scotland’s relationship with Malawi.

The free event takes place as part of the cultural celebrations for the 20th Commonwealth Games. Mafilika will also play a late-night show the night before, on Friday 25 July at the Old Fruitmarket.

“I am honoured and humbled to be representing my country at this show. It’s a great platform to promote my music and showcase Malawian talent to the world,” said Malawian artist Tay Grin.

Last year’s City of Stars festival saw Malawian artist Peter Mawanga booked by Celtic Connections for a Glasgow performance in January. Lake of Stars will continue to bring festival-bookers to Malawi to help other artists progress their international careers. 

“We are so excited about playing this show in Glasgow with all our amazing Malawian music friends,” said Johan Hugo of Swedish-Malawian duo The Very Best.

Also performing at the event is hip-hop collective Stanley Odd, whose album ‘Reject’ was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year. 

“The core ethos of Lake of Stars is one of connections and collaborations from diverse musical and cultural backgrounds. We’re honoured and excited to share a stage with such amazing Malawian artists,” said Solareye, the group’s frontman.

“Lake of Stars is recognized as one of the most amazing music festivals in the world and it’s great to be involved in such a positive, international event.”

Described by Q magazine as “simply the finest festival in the world,” Lake of Stars will return to the incredible Sunbird Nkopola Lodge from 26-28 September for the 10th edition of the award-winning arts event, rated amongst the top festivals in Africa by CNN and Metro.

“With the support of Creative Scotland, the festival will build on the connections between Scotland and Malawi by hosting 12 creatives from Scotland including a poet, comedian, writer, filmmaker and a street artist in addition to Stanley Odd.”

The Lake of Stars project was born from a desire to raise money for a developing economy, help promote Malawi as a tourist destination and expose Malawian artists to an international audience. The project has reached more than 200 million people through international and local media coverage, and generated a spend of over $3.25 million in Malawi.

The Very Best’s Johan said: “We are deeply grateful to finally be able to return to the UK for a show, our first in 6 years. Thank you, Lake of Stars! Thank you, Commonwealth Games! See you soon, Glasgow. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!”