Gasper Nali 2022 Tour

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After 2 years of cancelled tours, Gasper Nali will once again grace Benelux and the UK by his presence, his one-of-a-kind Babatoni instrument and undeniably magic afro-beats. Your feet will be possessed. Here are the dates so far:

1 July DTRH, Ewijk, NL
2 July Afrikafestival, Hertme, NL
3 July Afrikafestival, Hertme, NL

8 July Terras of Theatres, Tilburg, NL
9 July Over ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, NL
10 July 4AD, Diksmuide, BE

16 July Busk in London, London, UK
17 July Beat-Hearder, Clithero, UK

20 July Earthship, Brighton, UK
21 July St Georges, Bristol, UK
22 July LeaOrganic, London, UK
23 July EFEx, Manchester, UK
24 July Promised Land, Sheffield, UK

29 July Deer Shed, Yorkshire, UK
30 July Cambridge Folk, Cambridge, UK
31 July Camp Bestival, Dorset, UK

2 Aug Olympic Park, London, UK
5 Aug Green Gathering, Chepstow, UK
6 Aug Wilderness, Oxfordshire, UK

10 Aug Boomtown Fair, Hampshire, UK
12 Aug Square & Compass, Swanage, UK
13 Aug Art in the Park, Leamington Spa, UK
14 Aug Head Out Not Home, Norwich, UK

16 Aug The Canteen, Bristol, UK
19 Aug Weston-Super-Mare, UK
20 Aug Purbeck Folk, Purbeck, UK
21 Aug Camp Bestival, Shropshire, UK

23 Aug All Points East, London, UK
28 Aug Shambala Festival, Northants, UK

Presenting: Probably Stereo Club

Introducing the first proper episode of Probably Stereo Club – a new YouTube series where we get into everything and anything having to do with what Spare Dog Record does; Malawian music, the artists, recording sessions, live touring, Malawian culture, as well as general studio nerdery.

This video is an introduction to Michael Mountain: Singer/songwriter, tobacco farmer, Rastafarian, from far up in the remote hills of the Nkhata Bay region in Malawi.

Short Bio:…

Previously released music:

(C) & (P) 2022 Spare Dog Records

Speaking to Mr Anders Olsson

At last, I’ve managed to track down the person who filmed this famous original Gasper Nali clip all those years ago! I finally had a phone call with him (a fellow Swede at that): Anders Olsson. In the 70s he was the co-creator of the travelling puppet theatre group Abellis Magiska Teater (Abelli’s Magical Theatre), and in the late 00s he visited Nkhata Bay, Malawi, and managed to get this wonderful clip recorded, including the dug-out canoe and the distant cloud of lake flies and all.  

We didn’t get a chance to talk for very long, but I’m curious to hear his story. He was keen to get in touch with Gasper again after all this time to see where things have gone since   …and I can’t help but wonder if the original capture is still there, and if there might be more video lurking somewhere, past the abrupt cut-off at the 2:59 mark! We’ll let you know 🙂


 22/6 Africa Oyé - Liverpool
22/6 Neuadd Ogwen - Bethesda
23/6 SOLAS Festival - Errol
26/6 The Canteen - Bristol
27/6 - TBA -
28/6 - TBA -
29/6 Glastonbury - Shangri-La
30/6 Glastonbury - The Common

The SDR Family is Growing

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!

Happy 2019!

Let’s have a look at what we did last year, and what lies ahead!

Download New Danny Kalima Single For Free!


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!


Soft Launch: Zoona Malawi – Gasper Nali



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.