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I want to get local acts to the world—Masauko Chipembere

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United States-based musician Masauko Chipembere Jr, son to political nationalists Henry Masauko Blasius Chipembere and Catherine Chipembere, has said the country has talented artists, who he wants to work with and expose to the world.

The dreadlocked artist said this on Saturday after delivering a razor-sharp performance at Madsoc Theatre in Lilongwe.

He said his Saturday outing was the beginning of something and that he hopes to be here more often.

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“The show was great. The significance of all this is in relation to the family name and As I said I want to work with local musicians in world class [projects],” he said.

Chipembere, who was born in the country but was raised in Los Angeles while his parents were in political exile, has since left the country for South Africa with a team of local acts he performed with to record an album.

Masauko landed a contract with a company known as Come to Life Record.

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This contract has allowed him to hire local artists to record with him an album titled Masauko.

The artists who have made the trip are Ernest Ikwanga, Sam Mjura Mkandawire, Kyle Lucy Phikiso and Chambota Chirwa.

Chipembere also indicated that Faith Mussa will be featured but has not traveled with them to South Africa.

“This is an exploration of my Malawian roots. We will use local rhythms like Vimbuza and Ngoma. We will be mixing local sounds with jazz, funk, hip hop and reggae. We are trying to create a sound that is both local and global,” said the jazz musician.

He said the artists he was working with led him to go deeper into culture and that they are sharing knowledge.

The show on Saturday attracted a sizeable audience which included his mother Catherine and, at one moment, he invited her to the stage and danced with her.

This was a special night which saw Chipembere offering the best sound from reggae to traditional to jazz music and even had time to show the audience he was good at hip hop as well.

His mother said she enjoyed the concert adding that she was proud of her son.

“I am proud of him and I like the idea of coming down here to work with local artists. He has come a long way in music. It was very hard for me to take it but after arguments we held hands and now here he is. He was 14 then but now he is 40,” she said.

She added:

“I have always told him that everything it’s you, family and society but again work hard and that is the only way out and enjoy whatever you do.”

Mkandawire, who is the local Airtel Trace winner, and Ikwanga, who recently released his latest album Chisekese hailed Masauko for working with them for the development of music.

Mkandawire and Ikwanga also performed while, earlier on, Waliko Makhala offered his bush music.

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