Music of Malawi has historically been influenced through its triple cultural heritage of British, African, and American music.
Malawians have long been travelers and migrant workers, and as a result, their music has spread across the African continent and blended with other music forms. Malawians working in the mines in South Africa and Mozambique also led to fusion and blending in music styles, giving rise to music styles like Kwela, Malawian jazz, Malawian kwasa kwasa, Malawian hip-hop/rap R&B and reggae.
Since 1994, the country has seen a steady growth in its music industries and in its local celebrities. Due to the period of music suppression, many of Malawi’s new and up-and-coming artists are young. Artists like Young Kay are being supported by the veterans in the industry and are working together to give Malawian music a distinct new identity.
Meet Macfarlane Magombo, a Malawian born and bred hip hop artist better known by his stage name Rebirth. In 2014, Rebirth joined the Entertainment industry with his debut song “Hashtag Jesus” (#JESUS)
A gospel rapper from Lilongwe and founder of The Rebirth Foundation, Rebirth happens to be the fastest growing Malawi urban artist who is gives hope in this industry.
‘Lero’ is the latest track released, on 3 June this year and displays a class of it’s own. We have no doubt that Rebirth has set a standard which Malawian urban gospel music needs to follow.
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