Preview: Madalitso Band + Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno @ St Mary Music Hall (London; Friday 2nd August 2019)


Malawian music might not be the most renowned on these particular shores of the Atlantic, but still it’s one of the most enjoyable and danceable sounds in Africa, if not all over the world, and in a few days’ time, Madalitso Band will be at St Mary’s Music Hall in Leytonstone to prove just that.

The duo from Lilongwe, accompanied by the quintessential Kenyan rhythms played by Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno, are a joyful homage to their country’s tradition, which they enrich with Congolese, Zimbabwean and Malagasy influences.

With only the help of a babatoni (homemade one-string bass guitar), a four-string guitar, a foot drum and two silvery voices, Madalitso Band started busking on the streets of the Malawian capital ten years ago. Since then, they have never stopped spreading their “banjo music”, building up their name as one of the most popular acts in their country and bringing it all over the African Continent and Europe.

They might be playing several shows in Europe in this period, but with Madalitso Band you can be sure it will always be a one-off gig!

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