Peter Mawanga treks to Blantyre
Musician Peter Mawanga makes a long trip from the Capital City, Lilongwe, to entertain people in Blantyre debuting at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) Saturday night.
The ‘Tsoka’ creator will be performing at JCC with his Amaravi Movement, kicking-starting his Unplugged 2021 Malawi Mini tour.
Mawanga, who is also set to perform at Ufulu Festival coming up on Independence Day, will be supported by Nyago, who has also built herself as one of the powerful forces when it comes to cultural sound.
His performance comes barely a day after JCC hosted Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session featuring Goma Nyondo Thursday.
Mawanga is listed among the most talented musicians in the country but he has not been appreciated fully.
The past years has seen the singer and guitarist concentrating more on international shows with little to show to the local audience.
His performance in countries like United States of America with Amaravi Movement has seen him building a strong base which has seen a number of gigs following on his plate.
But having been out of the local limelight, Mawanga of the ‘Amakhala Ku Blantyre’ fame and ‘Zanga Zozama’ comes out with Unplugged Mini Tour this year to rebuild his local base.
Mawanga said he could have been on the ground by now but, due to Covid which affected the creative industry in terms of shows, he gave himself a break.
The soft-spoken musician, who plays a number of instruments and values traditional instruments, admitted that it has been awhile since he held concerts in the country.
“I only took a break from the international performances in 2019 to spend time with my family and then Covid hit. But here I am, I will try as much to do a number of shows,” Mawanga said yesterday.
In December 2018, Mawanga released his first independent project titled Nyanja Vibes.
“In September this year I will be releasing an Extended Playlist (EP) which was produced in collaboration with a musician from Florida in United States of America. We have been working on this EP since December 2019,” he said.