“I Cry” by Riise is taken off his “Fever” Reggae album which also features the hit song “Close Conversation”. The video was shot and directed by Chipi Khonje. Enjoy!
Umoza (pronounced ‘oo-mow-za’) means ‘togetherness or ‘oneness’ in the Malawian Chichewa language.
‘Let Them Speak’, the first release from The Umoza Music Project, was written and recorded in a series of sessions in a mud hut recording studio on the banks of Lake Malawi in Africa, with further recording in the UK, before being mastered at Abbey Road Studios in May 2015. It showcases the voices and songwriting skills of two Malawian musicians, Max Jere and Chakul Nyambo, who live in a basic mud-brick/straw-roof building (which doubles as their studio) in one of the poorest countries in the world. Musicians gave their time for free and the producers met the costs of making the album in an act of friendship and unity. This means that all proceeds from the music will go directly to Malawi and enable Max and Chakul to build a new home/studio on a small plot of land they already own, but which is undeveloped. The building will also house a music academy, to teach young people in the local community the craft and trade of music making.
‘Let Them Speak’ features 18 musicians from Africa and the UK, separated by 18,000 km. Most of them haven’t met each other and it was only through the use of modern technology and communications that making the album was
possible. Tracks were shared between studio sessions on memory sticks and edited on laptops, and mixes were sent across continents using WhatsApp to avoid the huge Malawian mobile phone costs.
Each song carries a message — a voice for the hard-working poorer members of society, messages like: knowing your HIV status; national pride; gratitude for air to breathe and food to eat. Be thankful, be hopeful, enjoy your life! The Project unites diverse musical genres as well as cultures — jazz, disco, rap, classical, reggae and pop combine with the beautiful Malawian language and unusual melodies to create something which, we guarantee, is genuinely different to anything you’ve heard before. These self-trained, little-known artists in Malawi effortlessly deliver performances with a unique identity and musicality that singer-songwriters everywhere aspire to.
Prior to the release of this debut album, The Umoza Music Project caught the imagination of people around the world and the Facebook page now has over 10,000 likes and tens of thousands of video views. Updates and behind-the-scenes
films give a glimpse into the complex production process, and the wider Malawian musical community is now using social media to contact UK musicians – sharing news, music and encouragement. Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia (as well as Malawi) have followed the Project with particular enthusiasm — all four countries have significant Chichewa-speaking populations and the messages in the lyrics are resonating with those who speak the language. This truly is an international project and a great example of using modern technology to make music, and make the world a smaller place.
‘Let Them Speak’ is available now as a limited edition CD package, which includes numerous photos and notes on the 5 year journey the Project’s collaborators took in making the album. The music is available in digital format, and distributed for free in and around Malawi, to spread the messages contained within the songs and give publicity to the Malawian songwriters and their studio. In the UK, the producers have plans to license the recordings to an established music label to create an ongoing royalty stream which will transform lives in Malawi for years to come.
“At The Umoza Music Project, we’re driven by a desire to help and we want to give, but this is not a charity. Collaborating with these Malawian musicians (now our friends) inspires us and is helping them earn an income through their
talent. It empowers them, gives them dignity and a sense of positive accomplishment that ‘direct’ charity doesn’t always achieve.
When you listen to the music, you’ll hear for yourself that it’s different, a unique musical and cultural fusion, which stands up with the very best that world music has to offer. If you’re inspired by the story and the music, please help us. If you’re a DJ, play us; if you’re a journalist, review us or consider our story for an article — whoever you are, please get in touch if you think you could help us achieve our goals, which will literally transform the lives of our musical partners in Malawi.”
– (John Tobin & Olly McDermott, Producers, The Umoza Music Project)
To Listen to this cd… Click Here
To BUY the CD or to Contact the Team Go to : http://www.umozamusic.com/
A lot of people have been asking questions about the guy that caused tension among rappers on social media. The song talked about English rappers adopting styles from foreign countries. The “Uzadziwa bwanji” song done by Heptik featuring Murphy & Mwanache took many Malawian rappers by storm.
After months of silence the self-proclaimed Malawian hip-hop prince Heptik is set to release another single called “Wina Alira” which features EJR & Murphy, Murphy is the singer that murdered the “Uzadziwa bwanji” hook.
The song is a heavy weight song which shows how vital in local rap they are. They don’t get stressed with what people say but if you hate them you’re in wrong lane. In “Wina Alira” Heptik mentions how proud he is to be local rapper.
“Let’s make peace, Malawi is not best place to beef or to divide cities. We are all one and need to push Malawian music to a further stage. Such requires unity among artists” said Heptik in an interview. “Am willing to work with anybody, in my future projects, language is actually not a barrier”.
The Uzadziwa Bwanji crooner’s new single “Wina Alira” will be released on Monday 31st August. Produced by the two big producers in the country, Marcus of the Dare Devilz & Percy Manyozo of Pro Pee records, The track promises to be a bang. Be on the Look out
Well known Malawian rapper Gwamba, street-known as Gwambizo of ‘Ndiima pa Chulu’ and ‘Bola Kutsache’ fame recently released a hit single titled “Munthu” through Malawi-Music.com on 22 July 2015 which has been receiving overwhelming response from music lovers across the country.
Gwamba’s latest song features the International award winning Hip-Hop star Tay Grin, real name Limbani Kalilani and Malaulo. The song was produced by Lilongwe based producer Dj Sley.
In an interview with Gwamba, he has promised his fans that currently he is working on a video for the song and that shooting is progressing very well and the video will hit the internet soon. The video is directed by Essim and Ben Sam, who are also both Lilongwe based video directors and have joined forces specifically for this project.
“We have shot the first part of the script and we will finalize the shooting this coming Friday, my management is working on the release date but we might as well release it at Lake of Stars,” he said while promising fireworks.
“Munthu” is one of the most popular songs found in Gwamba’s sophomore album titled “Chako Si Changa” which is yet to be released under his new label which he co-founded after ditching Prime Time Media.
Malawi-Music.com official have confirmed that the song has been already downloaded by over 23 thousand people across the country within a space of one month.
The song is also enjoying massive airplay on local radios in Malawi and also in neighbouring countries.
Meanwhile Gwamba has hailed his fans for the continuous support that they render to his music.
Malawi’s own acappella group Joyful Souls will open for Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s first ever show in Malawi.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, one of the best acappella groups from South Africa, is finally making its way to Malawi for the first time for an exclusive show on August 29th, at the Bingu International Conference Center (BICC) Auditorium.
The Joyful Souls is a Blantyre-based all-male Gospel Acappella Assemble formed in 1995 on the premise of spreading the gospel through music.
From its founding, Joyful Souls have consistently released timeless classics starting with the debut album Tidzauluka, their sophomore album Adzaweruza released in 2008 which featured what has seemingly been many people’s favorite songs titled– The God of Second Chance. Their 3rd album Abweranso was released in 2012 and in 2013, the group earned a nomination for the Best Contemporary Acappella Recorded Album in the CARA Awards for their work on the 3rd album.
Joyful Souls has had the rarest opportunities of sharing the stage with various international singing groups including one of the Africa’s Accapella Powerhouses – The Shower Power (from Zimbabwe) and Durant, which is one of the singing groups signed under the US-based Acappella Company.
The historic Ladysmith Black Mambazo show will start at 8PM and is courtesy of Malawi’s event production company Qoncept Creative.
The renowned South African a cappella group, which is currently on tour in China, weeks after touring the United Kingdom, confirmed their Malawi trip via Twitter this week.“Yes Africa, we are headed to Malawi on August 29,” tweeted the multi- award winning a cappella group to their followers.
The tickets to the show are available for sale at MK 15,000 for Standard and MK 25,000 for VIP and are available at the following outlets: Ulendo Safaris, Foodworths, Crossroads Hotel Business Centre, Papaya, Flavour’s cafe, and in Blantyre at Steers and Debonairs. Bulk Tickets are available via the hotline: +265 11 155 0150
Teaming up with Sir Patricks of Trap Squad in his latest single, Ndilonjeza, Biggie Lu has returned from his brief hiatus from music. With over 300 downloads since its release last night, the single serves as yet another reason why the ‘usamakwiye’ star is truly a force to reckon with.
‘Ndilonjeza’, which literally means ‘I Promise’, is a song about love that addresses issues that resonate with young/Old couples.
The single is from his Mixtape which is still under development…
Street fame will soon be releasing the much anticipated Gold Chain video, shot and directed by one of the county’s top video directors, Ron Cz.
Street Fame is a hip hop duo from Blantyre that consists of rapper Toast and Rapper/Producer T-One. Street Fame first showed up on the scene in 2009 but got their recognition in 2012 after finishing high school. Their first Mixtape “Verbal Magic” introduced them to the main stream of hip hop.
In the Year 2015 Street Fame released what has been referred to as an internationally acclaimed production in their Ep “Beyond Dreams”. Under Hyprofile Music, the duo will soon be working on their album which will be produced by Kortyz.
The soon to be released Gold Chan video promises to be a game changer from amazing views of Malawi and Classy shots and dress code to the performance of the video vixens.
Patience Namadingo has released his latest single “Msati Mseke” which promises to take the gospel music scene by storm. Patience whose second album, “ Tiri ndi Yesu” featured the hit “Mtendere”, was released in 2010 and went on to become the number one selling gospel album between 2010-2012.
“Siuli Wekha” is a song that features influential youthful Malawian artists including rappers Gwamba (who is UNFPA Malawi SYP ambassador), Third Eye, Piksy, Young Kay as well as singers Nesnes and Faith Mussa, produced by the Daredevilz at Low Budget Records in Blantyre.
The track has been produced for UNFPA Malawi under the Safeguard Young People (SYP) Programme. “Siuli Wekha” unites the six Malawian artists who collaborate to denounce the physical or emotional victimization of the girl child.
The artists mainly focus on four areas that include unwarranted cultural practices, girl child education, early marriages and HIV/AIDS. “Siuli Wekha” talks about a girl who undergoes risky cultural practices, is forced to drop out of school and underage marriage and ends up getting infected with HIV.