Spare Dog Records on CNN

This week CNN ‘African Voices’ is showing a feature on Nkhata Bay, it’s musicians and my studio there!

It airs on different times of day, every day. Check out the times on: CNN African Voices.

The video above is me filming CNN filming for the program. Just a little teaser for you to enjoy!

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Hello Malawi!


Spare Dog Records will be moving it’s operations back to Malawi again! More music will be produced, new artists will be announced, and lots of new pictures and videos from The Warm Heart of Africa. Tickets are bought, and we’ll touch down in Lilongwe on the 16th April. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter (buttons to the left) to see where our journey will take us next!

Did you catch Michael Mountain’s video?

Nowhere Else To Go by Michael Mountain

Far from the bustling city of Lilongwe, Michael Mountain sings about a different Malawi. His life as a small-scale farmer in a small mountain village is more akin to the lifestyle of the majority of Malawians. In this official music video, he’s showing you his world.

‘Nowhere Else To Go’ is the title track of his newly released album, and the video was filmed on location in the Nkhata Bay region of Northern Malawi.

Who is Dan Kalima?

The Malawi Twitterati are trying to solve The Curious Case of Dan Kalima. The MUMA Awards last night awarded the title of Best RnB Artist to an apparently unknown singer-songwriter going by the name of Dan Kalima. Unfortunately he could not be there to collect the award in person, and so fellow musician Menes La Plume kindly did the honours on his behalf – and so the plot thickens…

Now who is this Dan Kalima guy? People are searching high and low for the answer. For some reason google does not help this time. We can reveal the truth. Dan Kalima is not some newcomer to the Malawi scene, he is in fact the well known and respected Sirius also known as Danny Kalima. He is using Danny Kalima (google THAT and you’ll find him) internationally and somehow he got nominated for MUMA as Dan Kalima. You can find his biography, photos and videos of him here.


Not Dan Kalima (This is Menes La Plume)
Not Dan Kalima (This is Menes La Plume)

Danny Kalima wins the MUMA Awards for best R’n’B!

Dan Smile Sq


We are so proud of working with the fantastically talented Danny Kalima! The annual Music Malawi (MUMA) award was presented Friday 27 February in Lilongwe Malawi, and our man was awarded best Malawi R’n’B artist! Malawi know their king of R’n’B – now it’s our job to let the rest of the world know too!

By the way: are you following Danny on Spotify?

New Spotify Feature on the web site

Spotify (the music streaming service) has this cool feature where you can ‘follow’ any artist in their catalogue (providing you have a Spotify account). Obviously Spare Dog Records like the idea of people following our artists – so we’ve added a bunch of green Spotify-buttons around the web site for you to click on.

Following an artist means that you’ll be notified by Spotify whenever that artist releases new material (great huh?) and it also means that the artist and we will be really extra happy to see a growing following rooting for great Malawian music!

To make it super easy for you – here are the buttons:

Presenting Street Rat!

Presenting Street Rat

Street Rat is the next Malawian artist to grace Spare Dog Records with his vibes. With a one-of-a-kind style, rock solid reggae tunes and backed up by the best live band in Mzuzu – Body Mind & Soul – you know it’s going to be something special! Here’s a taster of what’s to come – filmed in Edinburgh during the final mixing of the album.


If you have ever been to Mayoka Village in Nkhata Bay, Malawi, and seen Michael Mountain perform
– you will know what I’m talking about:




Here’s a special soundcloud streaming just for you! We will keep the link alive for another week or so, so tell all your friends! And if you like Michael’s stuff, you might want to go to iTunes and get his brand new album!



The song ‘How Big Is The Lake’ has been a long standing Nkhata Bay favourite tune, and anyone who’s been around Mayoka Village on a Wednesday night and seen Michael perform will remember this super catchy sing-along (often accompanied by Gift’s voice all the way from the kitchen!) Michael plays at Mayoka to this day.