Madalitso Band // Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno


Music Halls Project and Lake of Stars join forces to present a night of live music from Southern & East Africa.

Traditional duo Madalitso Band play authentic, acoustic roots music from Malawi, featuring the distinctive one-string slide bass, known as a Babatone. Rhythmic playing and a joyful stage presence combine to make you want to clap, dance and smile. In less than two years the band have gone from busking on the streets of Lilongwe in their home country to being featured on BBC Africa and playing renowned international festivals including Lake of Stars, Roskilde, Sauti Za Busara and soon to be WOMAD.

Watch their performance for the BBC's Global Beats programme:


Kenyan singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist and contemporary dancer Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno (Nyatiti NyaDala) plays several indigenous instruments including the Adungu, Nyangile, Poko, Obokano, Oporo and Ongeng’o amongst others. However his principle instrument is the Nyatiti, an eight-string lyre from the Lüo community in the western part of Kenya.

Extensive research and time spent studying with masters of Nyatiti in the villages (Alego and Ugenya) has allowed Rapasa to develop a deep understanding of music from a traditional and contemporary view point. His own music fuses the traditional heritage of Nyatiti playing along with his own unique sound.

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