G. Chimpele and Company – Akazi Akahala

• “G. Chimpele and Company – Akazi Akahala” set to the label image of the original 78.

9.2 “Classic Africana from Malawi”

From the 78 release “Akazi Akahala / Five-Five” (BB 859) circa 1953.

What a piece! A real dancefloor stomper, which comes complete with an infectious accordion, a raggle-taggle tea-chest rhythm section and affecting vocal wails, whoops and hollers. I find this combination irresistible.

The track, sung in Nyanja, the national language of Malawi, was recently brought to life on a mixtape compiled by Simeon Allen, “Shomi The Way – Beyond Borders (1953-1956)” (Flat International FXEJ-20) which he gifted to the world in November 2015.

If you like what you hear – and, frankly, I see no reason why that should not be the case – then you may be interested to know that G. Chimpele and Company have three other tracks on the mixtape which are equally as exciting as this one.

You can download a copy from the amazing culture preservationists at Electric Jive, here and, at the same time, you can find out a bit more about the content courtesy of Simeon’s well-researched liner notes.

Go get ’em!


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