Sounds from Germany and Malawi collaboration


The What Boundaries? project – a collaboration between Germany group, Andromeda Mega Express, Lusubilo Band from Karonga and Ulimba from Nsanje which started with a one-week workshop and later performances in Karonga and Mzuzu finally came down to Robins Park in Blantyre on Saturday night.

Not many people came to watch the performance on the night but for the few that showed up, they enjoyed every moment from the word go as they travelled through music to Nsanje in the Southern Region and then Germany in Europe and last but not least Karonga in the Northern Region.

The platform was for those, who love music to the fullest, those who understand music and those who value the importance of traditional instruments.


The members of the three groups speak different languages but today they have bonded speaking one language and thanks to nothing else but music which has surely no boundary.

Armed with their traditional instrument known as Ulimba which can be described as the African keyboard – the Ulimba group led by veteran Nchocho William were the first to perform.

Their performance was nothing but instrumental with the Ulimba or Valimba doing the talking and they showed their prowess in playing the traditional instrument which produces different sounds.


The members, who do not speak Chichewa fluently but Sena, dressed in traditional attire performed for sometime before leaving the stage for Andromeda Mega Express.

Led by saxophonist and main composer Daniel Glatzel, son to director of Lusubilo Music Centre, Professor Agnes Kim, Andromeda Mega Express, who dressed in traditional attire as well, offered an instrumental set which saw them sparkle with their brass instruments among them violins, flutes, double bass and saxophones before the audience later experienced a collaboration.

The collaboration showed the efforts that the three groups have put in during their workshop and they may have worked for a short period but something good came out.

This is a collaboration which is still work in progress but by the time they will be flying to Germany in October for more performances they will be massive.

“This is a collaborative project supported by the German Kulturstiftung des Bundes (Federal Cultural Foundation). I am so happy with the sound we have made. Malawi has great sound and traditional instruments and please do not dump these instruments,” Daniel said.

In one of the collaborations, they started with a recording of a Bangwe performance which Daniel, said they would have loved to have an artist playing the instrument live but they could not get any player.

Coordinator of the project in the country Charles Sinetre said he was excited with the way the three groups have jelled having worked for a short time.

“All we want to show through this project is that music has no boundary. Music brings people together and music unites people and again through this project we want to show talent,” Sinetre said.

Lusubilo Band were the last to perform on the night offering three songs off their album Afrika Inuka

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