John Lwanda’s book to be launched in Scotland

The book

A book by renowned writer, academician, doctor and historian John Lwanda titled Making Music in Malawi will officially be launched in Scotland on April 4 2022.

The launch will be hosted by the Scotland Malawi Partnership.

Scotland Malawi Partnership Chief Executive David Jones says in an invitation letter that this is a hybrid event that people are welcome to join either in person in the Edinburgh City Chambers, Scotland, or digitally on Zoom.


Lwanda, who was in the currently recently said music has always been his first love and that this book is testament to that love and is aimed at both the general and specialist reader.

Publisher Logos Open Culture said Making Music in Malawi is a ground-breaking contribution to the historical and socio-cultural significance of sounds that make and remake Malawi.

“This is a culmination of many years of research, Lwanda covers a staggering range of indigenous and hybrid musical genres, from sikiri to hip-hop. Lwanda’s analysis stretches between rural and urban Malawi and extends to the diaspora,” Muti Phoya said.


He further said the book reaches into the pre-colonial past and projects into the future of music in Malawi.

“Lwanda roots his analysis in his academic training as a historian, but this text also demonstrates his personal commitment to producing and supporting Malawian music.

“This book serves as an archive and mixtape of the sounds of Malawi, from the pre-colonial period to the post-colonial moment,” Phoya said.

Ethno-musician Waliko Makhala has since hailed Lwanda, who is also famed for the Pamtondo Records, for the 451-page book.

“Lwanda takes us into a journey of the spirit and soul of Malawi. He introduces us to the people and their rich and diverse cultural heritage,” Makhala said.

He said, in the book, Lwanda tackles traditional and sacred music in Malawi in the first chapter and that this is a comprehensive analysis of traditions and complex music systems in the country.

Last year, Lwanda, who has published a number of books, held a talk at The Culture Lab in Lilongwe focusing on his book Kamuzu Banda of Malawi: A Study in Promise, Power and Legacy.

He has also performed in festivals in the country, offering poetry.

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