Archive for April, 2008

Deep Roots Malawi is now official

April 15, 2008

We are excited to announce that, in conjunction with Kenny Gilmore, Promote Africa is producing an album and recording a documentary in Malawi from July – August 2008. Gilmore, born in Kenya and raised in Malawi, released the album Ngati Mafunde in Malawi in January 2006. The title-track remained on top of the Malawian billboards for four months in early 2006, giving Gilmore immediate recognition in Malawian recording circles. This upcoming summer, Gilmore and Promote Africa plan to record a follow-up to Ngati Mafunde.

According to Gilmore, “I want to make an album of strictly traditional material ….Having been raised in the region, I feel strongly that the musical heritage is being lost and needs to be preserved and promoted….I want to get a varied compilation to accurately photograph different styles and want to focus on secular individual musicians and small groups.”

Promote Africa’s executive director Benjamin Cobb will produce the film and album in Malawi this summer. In the meantime, Promote Africa’s staff is organizing distribution channels for the album’s fall release throughout southern Africa.