From July 1 – August 15, 2008, a film and recording team from across the globe convened in Malawi and embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. They aimed to document and record traditional forms of musical expression from all walks of life in this small, incredibly diverse nation. Sponsored by TV Malawi and inspired by Alan Lomax’s journey to collect early blues recordings in the deep American South, Deep Roots Malawi recorded a varied compilation of secular individual musicians, small groups and choirs. Using a portable studio, musicians from Malawi’s most rural areas were given the opportunity to record, promote and preserve their musical heritage.

During six weeks of intense filming and recording, Deep Roots highlighted the inner-workings of the Malawian music industry. From interviews at The Daily Nation, The Times, TV Malawi, Radio NBC, Joy Radios, Capital FM, and Mawu Magazine to performances at the French Cultural Center and the Lake of Stars Festival, viewers and listeners alike are taken inside the world of Malawian music, following the path from production to distribution of one of the most valuable Malawian musical recordings in recent history.

Promote Africa, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, will distribute the album within Malawi via radio and direct sales and internationally at PromoteAfrica.Org by December 1, 2008. The documentary will be released online free of charge. All proceeds from music sales and donations to the project will be invested into a fund to support Malawian music projects.


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