Spare Dog Records

Spare Dog Records

Malawi Music for the World

About Spare Dog Records

Spare Dog Records is a Bristol based record label which releases and promotes music from Malawi, a small country in Central Southern Africa. We work with our sister project out in Malawi, Moto Wambili Studios, to record a range of original contemporary music from talented artists, in a place where professional recording studios are scarce.


The Netherlands / Germany / June 2024

Jun 2 EINDHOVEN, Bridge Guitar Festival
Jun 5 ENSCHEDE, Sound Unbound Record Store

Jun 7 ROTTERDAM, Poetry International Festival
Jun 8 LEIDEN, Qbus
Jun 9 SCHIJNDEL, Ander Festival

Jun 15 ERFURT, Krämerbrückenfest

Gasper Nali / Michael Mountain UK Autumn Tour Video!

From Nkhata-Bay to the UK: GASPER NALI is getting ready for a jam-packed autumn tour. 21 shows in 29 days all over the UK!
Malawi’s own One-Man-Band Afrobeat Explosion with his 3-metre home-made Babatoni bass guitar, cow skin kick drum and the most beautiful and catchy and danceable tunes possible!

Check out dates and ticket links at:

Joining Gasper on this tour is Malawian Reggae Poet Michael Mountain.

Find Gasper’s and Michael’s music on the usual places, but preferrably on Bandcamp where they get properly paid:

See you on the road!

Spare Dog Records is teaming up with Quite Great PR!

Well this is Quite Great! Since we’re at our best working with artists to produce really good music and organising tours, and at our worst trying to promote what we’re doing, I think this could be a game changer. The good people at QG will primarily help us spreading the word about Gasper Nali’s and Michael Mountain’s upcoming UK autumn tour and then who knows where it will take us?

Gasper Nali & Michael Mountain 2023 AUTUMN TOUR

We’re super excited to announce that Gasper Nali (MW) and Michael Mountain (MW) will do a joint autumn 2023 tour in the UK. So far 20 shows are booked in late September and October and more is on the way. Check dates and links to tickets below!

Gasper Nali is a roots one-man-band from the small town of Nkhata Bay on the shores of Lake Malawi. He plays a one-string home-made 3-metre long Babatoni bass guitar with a stick and an empty beer bottle, and together with a cow skin kick drum and catchy melodies, he creates the most amazing and danceable original Afro Beats possible!

Michael Mountain is a reggae poet and small-scale farmer. The front porch of his small house in the remote village of Viboko is his favourite place, and from there he can clearly see life from a different point of view, and put his reflections into song.

Click the venues to get your hands on tickets.

Sep 30 CHIDHAM, The Old Malthouse
Oct 1 BORNEMOUTH, Arts by the Sea
Oct 1 PORTSMOUTH, The Lens

Oct 4 CAMBOURNE, Cambourne Library
Oct 6 LONDON, Green Note
Oct 7 SUFFOLK, John Peel Centre
Oct 8 COLCHESTER, Colchester Arts

Oct 10 SETTLE, Victoria Hall
Oct 11 BURY, Bury Met
Oct 12 HEBDEN BRIDGE, Trades Club
Oct 13 NEWCASTLE, Star & Shadow Cinema
Oct 14 GLASGOW, Hug & Pint

Oct 18 BRIGHTON, The Rose Hill
Oct 19 MANCHESTER, The Vale
Oct 20 ISLE OF MAN, Centenary Arts
Oct 21 WHITBY, Musicport Festival
Oct 22 NORTHAMPTON, Garibaldi Hotel

Oct 25 LIVERPOOL, Philharmonic Hall
Oct 26 WESTON-SUPER-MARE, Loves Cafe
Oct 27 BRISTOL, Pangea @ Lost Horizon
Oct 28 ABERYSTWYTH, Art Centre

Gasper Nali Summer Tour


UK July 2023

Gasper Nali is back with another UK festival tour in July 2023. And it’s soon – quick, get your tickets!

Jul 14 SQUARE CHAPEL, Halifax
Jul 15 TROPICAL PRESSURE, Porthtowan
Jul 16 MARTYRS FESTIVAL, Tolpuddle

Jul 21-22 NOZSTOCK FESTIVAL, Bromyard


Jul 29 ALTITUDE FESTIVAL, Kentisbeare
Jul 30 KENDAL CALLING, Lowther

Nowhere Else To Go

Michael’s wonderful 2015 album ‘Nowhere Else To Go’ is finally back and available online (Spotify, iTunes etc etc) It was down for a while due to changing digital distributor and we also decided to take the opportunity to give it a bit of a re-master. The bulk of the album is recorded live in Nkhata Bay, Malawi, in 2014, and it’s a collection of absolutely beautiful songs of life and strife in rural Malawi. Favourite track: Working With My Tools. Click the image to check it out!