September 06, 2013 GMT
Musical Compilation - Malawi

Well, it's been a long time since the previous look at music along the way. That was Tanzania.
So here's a selection of Youtubes from Malawi.

In actual fact, Malawi is popular with western tourists, specially gap-year students. They fill a lot of the hostels. So a lot of the music to be heard while travelling is from the 'western world'.

A selection of images here to begin, and two Malawian musicians, Denis Yolamba followed by Benson Phiri.

My first stop in Malawi was at the Matunkha orphanage in Rumphi, in the hills above the northern end of Lake Nyasa (aka Lake Malawi).
Here's a video of their 'Donkey Day' with a selection of music and, later in the video, local dancing.
(Cannot embed this video - just click on the link)

Next, The Roots Band

A lot of Malawi lies along the western shore of Lake Nyasa. I stayed at Nkhata Bay to the north then rode down the lakeside to Senga Bay. On the way I passed through Nkhotakota, the main town of Nkhotakota District.
Well, I had no accident or upset so didn't need to pop into the hospital. But it might have been worth it, because of this:

But, The Nkhotakota Hospital Band is singing about family planning, not A&E.

Winner of the 'Music Crossroads Southern Africa Festival, 2007', Body Mind & Soul, playing Achemwene.

It would have been great to have bumped into someone like this on the street. I was in Malawi in July 2010, must have just missed Desmond Blakey.....
The internet will have to suffice.

Hospitals must be very musical in Malawi, perhaps I should have popped into one.
This video features a clinic in Chilinde, a suburb of Lilongwe, the capital.

A change in style here, The 2 Mascatius with Wico Justice and Big Ben.

Another change. All the instruments here are made from scrap. By children orphaned by AIDS.

And to finish, another band playing instruments of recycled stuff, on the street in Blantyre.
The Refuse Stealing Band.

Next stop - Mozambique

Posted by Ken Thomas at September 06, 2013 12:57 PM GMT

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