This song is called “Sangweni.” It was written by Yolanda Zama with Masauko Chipembere. It is inspired by the kwela/ marabi style from South Africa. The sound made popular by Miriam Makeba and Dorothy Masuka. – Manawanga
AfriPOP! and Masauko Chipembere of blksonshine celebrated Miriam Makeba’s life and legacy through song at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City on March 10, 2012.
The show’s intent was also to celebrate the women’s voices from around the world. Performers included Tuelo Minah (South Africa), Des Gordon (Antigua), Samantha Thornhill & Mimi Jones as Medusa Strings (Trinidad/US), Yolanda Zama (South Africa), Lollise Mbi (Botswana), Sinethemba Makanya (South Africa), and Jamie Philbert (Trinidad).
Catherine Chipembere, wife to late Masauko Henry, on Saturday night proved age is nothing but a number when she took to the floor at Mibawa Café in Blantyre dancing to her son, Masauko’s song, ‘Old Shackles.’
Braving the cold and rainy weather, she joined an impressive audience to sample music vibes from Masauko.
“This is really nice, I want you to join me in this song. It’s good to be back home and perform and I am happy my mother is dancing as well,” said the dreadlocked Masauko.
He told the audience ‘Old Shackles’ was composed through his late father’s words “freedom is meaningless unless people can see change.” – Sam Banda jnr
The American Embassy in Malawi will next week play host to American-born Malawian musician Masauko Chipembere.
Spokesperson of the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section Benjamin Canavan said that the musician, who jetted into the country on Tuesday, will interact with local musicians, arts organisers, students and the public.
Masauko, the last child of legendary Malawian politician Henry Masauko Chipembere, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California while his parents were in exile from Malawi. His music is a bridge between his African past and his American present.
– Jack McBrams