Lilongwe-based musician Peter Mawanga has said he is excited to fly the country’s flag once again when he performs in the United States of America next month with his Amaravi Movement Band and Faith Mussa.
The singer and guitarist last year also performed in USA but an opportunity has come up once again as he is expected to hold close to eight shows this time around.
“You may recall last year my agent booked three shows for us and how we took that huge leap of faith to go and debut in USA. Well the good news is we have now been booked for eight performances this year. We will be performing in the month of July,” said Mawanga.
He said he was ready for the tour and that they would want to go there not as tourists but as artists who will sell Malawi and showcase its talent.
“It’s not easy to get such chances to perform in USA and so I am happy and we are rehearsing so that we give out our best. More importantly we also want to tell stories from Malawi and Africa,” said Mawanga famed for the hit ‘Amakhala Ku Blantyre.’
According to the tour schedule on www. myriadartists.com/petermawanga, the artist starts performances on July 1 at Summer Sounds, Greensburg, before dating Workhouse Arts Centre at Lorton the following day.
The other shows will see him performing at Mendocino Music Festival and Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival.
He will also have shows at World Fest-Grass Valley in California.
The schedule also indicates that the musician will have shows in the USA at Mathews Opera House in April next year.
A self-proclaimed ‘Voice of the Voiceless,’ Mawanga has used music, writing his lyrics in vernacular Chichewa to speak for the underpriviledged.
With his music tagged as equally Malawian, Mawanga has embarked on different projects through music and one of them is the Stories of Aids album which he collaborated with US artist Andrew Magill.
The album featured voices of different people telling stories of Aids.
Fusing the rock outfit of drums-bass-guitar with the traditional sounds of Malawi’s marimba, thumb piano, and percussion, Mawanga said his music is Afro-vibes.
“This is a modern African sound that is intrinsically Malawian,” said the singer.
Mawanga said he was even gladder in that they have been invited to three international music festivals in California.
“We are making strides and so far my album Paphiri ndi Padambo is now on the playlist of some radio stations in USA in preparation for this tour,” he said.
Mawanga’s shows in the USA are a positive development for Malawi’s creative industry which is yet to penetrate the international platform.
Veteran musician Giddes Chalamanda alongside Edgar ndi Davis Band and Patience Namadingo are also expected to perform in the USA next month.
The past months has seen a group of Chalamanda and Edgar ndi Davis organising fundraising shows to raise funds for the USA tour.
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