Artist Profiles: Afrikali Band

The Afrikali Band was formed in Tanzania at the end of 2004, comprising eight members aged between 16 and 26. Their music was a fusion of traditional and electric instruments. These eight members, who come from different parts of the country, were initially in different bands and decided to establish a new band so as to expand their skills. In their songs they use different languages from various Tanzanian tribes such as Makonde, Nyakyusa, Nyasa, Nyamwezi and not forgetting Swahili.

The word Afrikali is a mix of Africa and Kali, Swahili slang meaning extremely good or wonderful. This was to remind those who listen to their music about the positive work done in Africa. They also wanted to show the youth of Africa that they have the power to be heard through music. They called their style the Afrikali style.

Afrikali band won the first prize in the Music Crossroads Southern Africa 5th Interregional Festival in 2005 in Blantyre, Malawi after being in a very stiff challenge from other four countries, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe and thus demonstrating how Afrikali wishes to show young people in Africa and abroad that music has the power to make their voices be heard. By winning the above mentioned prize enabled the band to go on a European tour presenting its Afro fusion music in The Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain and Austria in different music festivals.

In 2010 Afrikali Band chanhged its name to Afrikwetu Productions.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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