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Gasper Nali - Zoona Malawi lp (Mississippi)


"Gasper Nali is an Internet phenomenon. An old video of his song ‘A Bale Ndikuwuzeni’ has received more than 18 million views on Facebook & YouTube.

Gasper plays a instrument called a ‘Babatoni’, it’s a home made bass guitar, about 3 metres long, with one string and a cow skin drum as a resonating box. He plays it with a stick and an empty bottle, and together with a cow skin bass drum and a great voice, he creates the most amazing and danceable original Afro Beats possible! 
It was recorded live in it’s rawest form on the shore of Lake Malawi and contains no overdubs or additional sounds – Just Gasper doing his joyous, infectious music!
Limited one time edition of 500 copies."

from the sleeve... "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.

When everything is finished I tune my Babatoni, then I write my songs. Nobody writes for me and everything is by myself. I want to thank God for giving the wisdom of music. Today I am able to make a living with music."

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 12 December, 2018.

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