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Music Tradition of Malawi

Various Artists
Music Tradition of Malawi

The southeast African country of Malawi was a Bantu settlement in the 10th century, a British colony in the 19th century, and became an independent nation in 1964. A country of great cultural diversity, Malawi shares many musical traditions with its African neighbors of Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique.

This recording, made in 1991 and originally released in 1996, presents diverse Malawian traditions of storytelling through song and competition through dance, using native instruments like the ulimba xylophone and bangwe zither, showing Western influence with military march-style rhythms and formations.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including more than a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

101
Ulimba - Mama Wo n/a 3:45
102
Bangwe - Phumbwa, Pezera Mangulama Kutcha 2:07
103
Tchopa - Saulo n/a 2:51
104
Mazoma - Mphini n/a 4:35
105
Nyakatangale Mayeso Petro Lawrence 1:13
106
Beni - Ayana n/a 3:38
107
Bangwe - Ellis Chitenje Tambala 2:46
108
Nkhwendo n/a 3:28
109
Msindo - Uyaka, Kuwathanda a Ngwazi n/a 2:45
110
Ngoma - Boya Boya n/a 3:45
111
Buyeni - Kamwana Kamwini, Kaya wiyo n/a 4:13
112
Mganda - Chidindo cha jombo n/a 3:37
113
Chimtali - Nasiwelo n/a 3:39
114
Chisamba n/a 2:48
115
Ingoma - Abafana bonkhe n/a 3:10
116
Gule wamkulu - Akuluakulu adapita n/a 3:26
117
Mitungu - Bagholi bane bakale n/a 2:58
118
Ingoma - Boye Boye n/a 2:19
119
Vimbuza - Awoliyere mwana akulira n/a 2:16
120
Visekese - Nthengwa wayimanya wekha n/a 4:17

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