After successfully launching his latest album titled Calabrash Breath in Lilongwe in July, legendary musician Wambali Mkandawire brings the album to Blantyre courtesy of Dikamawoko Arts.
Wambali famed for hits such as ‘Zani Muwone,’ and ‘Moto’, confirmed the development but could not shed more light, saying Dikamawoko Arts were the ones doing the talking.
Dikamawoko Director, Tawonga Nkhonjera, said they have signed a deal with Wambali to perform in Blantyre on January 30 and 31.
“2016 is a leap year. For music lovers in Blantyre, it will be great because Wambali will treat them to the best of his new album Calabrash Breath. So we have finalised the deal and all is set,” said Nkhonjera.
He said Wambali will be performing in Blantyre after a long time since he launched his previous album titled Liberty.
“Wambali has been an icon for Malawian and world music for a long stretch, and he continues to create amazing artwork that entertains us as Malawians, and challenges us as artists to aspire to high international standards as he sets,” said Nkhonjera.
“The moment I heard Calabrash Breath, I was intrigued immediately from the album title and engrossed to the last song.
“The play with the word calabash and Mtebeti’s personal mission to propagate the seeds of jazz and true artistry are what drove us to work with him.”
On the live performances, Nkhonjera said they intend to give Blantyre the perfect sound to begin the leap year.
The concerts will be held at M-Theatre, formerly Cine City Cinema at Chichiri Shopping Mall.
Asked to elaborate on the concept of two concerts at the same venue, Nkhonjera said that Blantyre was a mixed bag of people and the concerts have been designed to cater for all.
“There are people who love night performances. The Saturday show is for them. We have a limited 250 tickets for the Saturday Black Tie Event. And then there are those people who would love to spend the lazy Sunday afternoon to some jazz music. Most Sunday afternoon, people don’t have much to do after church,” he said.
According to Nkhonjera Wambali has said he will bring his Congolese bassist and Zambian guitarist for the show, to beef up his Malawian team of instrumentalists.
Wambali, started his musical journey with Pentagon, a local band that played Western pop music.
He experienced a religious awakening and pursued God’s ministry and continues to minister, pastoring a church and setting up a rural mission centre.
Wambali has recorded in Scotland, England and South Africa, but it was the release of Zani Muone, produced under the Instinct Africaine label, that brought him success both in Malawi and South Africa.
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