If you’ve wondered why it’s been a bit quiet from us lately, it’s all because of this brand new rock’n’roller demanding a lot of attention! Fear not, we’ll soon get this new member of the crew up to speed, and we’ve got some really exciting announcements in the near future. Stay tuned!
Let’s have a look at what we did last year, and what lies ahead!
Lonjezo (Chichewa language, meaning ‘Promise’) is a brand new single from Malawi soul giant Danny Kalima, in a kind of chill local pop music style, with a great tropical vibe. Listen to the song right here, click on the cover image to download the track, or better still – go to our shop and pay some money for it, if you want to support the music!
This song was recorded in Lilongwe by DJ Sley – we’re expecting a music video to show up very soon. ENJOY!
available Nov 2, 2018
Gasper Nali’s second album, Zoona Malawi (roughly translates to ‘It’s true, Malawi’), is a return to simplicity. While his debut album had a band arrangement of instruments, this time it’s only Gasper.
Recorded on a beach in his hometown of Nkhata Bay, only meters from Lake Malawi, Gasper plays six songs from beginning to end – and that’s it. No additional instruments, no overdubs. Just Gasper’s voice, his huge Babatoni bass guitar and his cow skin kick drum. And that characteristic droning rhythm and hypnotic melodies. And if you listen carefully, the faint sound of the surf in the background. It took three tries to get the recording happening, due to the frequent power cuts in the area and some sporadic end-of-rain-season rain.
Zoona Malawi is released on Nov 2nd, 2018, by Spare Dog Records (UK) together with Mississippi Records (US) and Sing A Song Fighter (SWE) on vinyl and digital.
Pronunciation: The oo in ‘Zoona’ sounds like in ‘More’ or ‘For’ – not like in Zoom.
THANK YOU everyone who came along to Gasper Nali’s fantastic July-August 2018 tour of the Netherlands, Scandinavia & the UK. Here’s a few memories from the shows – can you see yourself in the crowds?
Tour Venues & Festivals
Utrecht, NL – Sofar Sounds
Amsterdam, NL – Over Het IJ Festival
Lichtenvoorde, NL – Zwarte Cross Festival
Nijmegen, NL – Valkhof Festival
Stockholm/Ekerö – Rosenhill
Oslo, NO – Kafé Hærverk
Brådal, SWE – Algotfestivalen
Malmö, SWE – Malmö Sommarscen
Charlton Park, UK – WOMAD UK Festival
Kendal, UK – Kendal Calling Festival
Bristol, UK – The Canteen
Hampshire, UK – BoomTown Fair
Hampshire, UK – BoomTown Fair
Swansea, UK – The Welfare
Cornwall, UK – Mt Pleasant Eco Park
London, UK – Campfire Club
London, UK – Africa Centre
Margate, UK – Tom Thumb Theatre
Northants, UK – Shambala Festival
Northants, UK – Greenbelt Festival
Maidstone, UK – Shemomedjamo Festival
We can’t believe how well Gasper Nali’s first ever international tour is going! We’re only half way through, but man is there a buzz about the whole thing!
Check this tiny compilation video out and you’ll see what we mean:
There’s a slightly longer version of the video here if your really into it!
And last but not least: If you’ve got a chance, make sure to catch Gasper playing at any of the following dates!
11/07 Utrecht, NL – Sofar Sounds
14/07 Amsterdam, NL – Over Het IJ Festival
15/07 Lichtenvoorde, NL – Zwarte Cross Festival
15/07 Nijmegen, NL – Valkhof Festival
18/07 Stockholm/Ekerö – Rosenhill
19/07 Oslo, NO – Kafé Hærverk
20/07 Brådal, SWE – Algotfestivalen
21/07 Malmö, SWE – Malmö Sommarscen
27/07 Charlton Park, UK – WOMAD UK Festival
28/07 Kendal, UK – Kendal Calling Festival
07/08 Bristol, UK – The Canteen
08/08 Hampshire, UK – BoomTown Fair
09/08 Hampshire, UK – BoomTown Fair
10/08 Swansea, UK – The Welfare
16/08 Cornwall, UK – Mt Pleasant Eco Park
17/08 London, UK – Campfire Club
18/08 Margate, UK – Tom Thumb Theatre
24/08 Northants, UK – Shambala Festival
25/08 Northants, UK – Greenbelt Festival
26/08 Kent, UK – Shemomedjamo Festival
*** NEW SINGLE *** from Adrian Kwelepeta
Chulu Cha Nchele – from debut album Live or Die Story. Available on CD from Bandcamp or through all your mainstream favourite streaming or digital platforms.
Adrian Kwelepeta, is an incredible talented young Malawian artist. Moving seamlessly between contemporary R&B, Folk and the traditional, his song-writing already shows substantial depth and maturity. Chulu Cha Nchele is a powerful and moving tale of life sung both in English and Chichewa.
Bwana Video Producer: Omar Manjouneh
The coolest man on the planet.
The only accordion player in Nkhata-Bay district.
66 years old travelling musician.
Awesome Malawian Roots Music.
We are working on an album. Watch out for more from Overton Longwe around these parts of the internet.