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.
Here’s an awesome video by filmmaker Sam Palmer showing a day at the Lilongwe academy of southern African initiative Music Crossroads. The project aims to build youth empowerment by organising workshops for young people with a passion for music. It trains them in skills such as theory, rhythm, stage presence and business. The workshops are a huge benefit for the young musician who is looking at accessing higher music education or making a career out of music.
The film also features Malawian band Konkalazi – winners of the Music Crossroads International Festival 2012 – and an interview with their lead singer Danny Kalima. See another of Konkalazi’s electrifying live performances here.
This weekend South African soulstress Zahara is in Malawi. She played Comesa Hall in Blantyre on Saturday (check out photos from the gig here) and is at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe this evening.
Several local acts are supporting the singer this weekend: Edgar and Davis, Dan Lu, Giddes Chalamanda and Maskal all played last night, whilst Lulu and the Black Missionaries will be opening for Zahara in Lilongwe this evening.
Here’s a perfect Sunday afternoon jam – the shimmering South African House track “Lengoma” by DJ Sbu featuring Zahara.
February 17, 2013 in Videos
Tagged black missionaries, blantyre, dan lu, dj sbu, edgar and davis, giddes chalamanda, lilongwe, lulu, Maskal, Zahara
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.
Big track this by The Daredevilz, and it looks like a video for it is coming out tomorrow, produced by Matalala Records. look out for it on their YouTube channel.
Edit: The video’s been posted, check it out above.
The new video from Malawi Mouse Boys dropped last week. From their debut album “He is #1”, buy it from here or download it from iTunes.