Gasper Nali
Zoona Malawi
Mississippi Records
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2019
LP
25.39
MRP 123
Ltd. to 500 copies, silk-screened cover
Incl. VAT plus shipping / Orders from outside the EU are exempt from VAT
Tracklist
1Abale Ndikuwuzeni 4:11
2Hodi Munakhala Bwanji 4:09
3Mwana Jeni Ndiwe Hule 4:47
4Olemera 5:19
5Musamanyoze Osauka 3:35
6Lero Sindi imva 4:23

6 Track short and sweet raw recording of Gasper Nali playing on the shore of Lake Malawi. Nothing added, nothing overdubbed, just pure Malawian Roots. Gasper Nali plays a Babatoni - a 3 meter, one-stringed, home-made bass guitar - with an empty bottle and a stick. And makes the most beautiful and catchy original afro-beats possible.

"I am Gasper Nali. I live in Nkhata-Bay but I was born in Mzimba, a town close to Nkhata-Bay. I started singing and performing in 1997 with my two brothers who passed away in 2002. After they passed away I started on my own as a soloist. After singing for a long time I decided to make my own guitar with one wire string called the Babatoni. I just came up with the idea from nowhere. I made the instrument and started practising my songs. Nobody taught me how to play the instrument, I taught myself everything from making it to making music with it. I like the Babatoni because it does not need electricity to play with, so I can bring it everywhere with me and play it without plugging it to electricity. I use cow skin for making the cover of the body, and took part of the blue-gum tree to form the fretboard and the neck of the guitar, and I use car tire wire to make the string. I also play a self-made local bass drum with a self-made pedal, together with the Babatoni."