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More than two years Yvonne Mwale has worked on the twelve songs of her third solo album "Msimbi Wakuda" (Nsenga for “young black lady"). Recently, she went to the studio to finally record her compositions. The result is an album that is more honest, more profound and sophisticated than its predecessors, clearly dominated by acoustic sounds. On most tracks guitar, bass and percussion are dominating and proof how diverse Yvonne Mwales compositions are without ever losing touch with the African origin.

With her songs Yvonne Mwale wants to deliver a positive message. While on the previous albums Yvonne was often singing about experiences from her past, she now gives a positive look to the future, tells about a new period in her life or remembers beautiful experiences in her childhood that left a impression on her. Like in the song "Spiritual Heart", which she dedicated to her grandmother. In her song she sings about the wisdom and life experience that old people can pass on to the younger generation. The track "Kuwingamo" however focuses on the many people that have to leave their homes because of conflicts and encourages the audience to live together peacefully. Soundwise, “Msimibi Wakuda” got closer to Yvonne’s African roots–but always with the desire to enrich the traditional music of Zambia with influences from other kinds of improvised music.

Yvonne Mwale was born in 1988 in Zambia and grew up mainly in the Eastern Province in the territory of Nsenga tribe. When she lost both parents, aged only 12, she lived some time on the streets and ended up in the capital city Lusaka. There, her musical talent was discovered. From her earnings as a singer of a popular band she rented her first house and was finally honoured at the national Music Awards as the “Best Upcoming Female Artist”. In 2010 she toured eight European countries and later was awarded at the Jahazi Jazz Festival (Zanzibar). Meanwhile, she is active internationally. Earlier this year she was on tour in Africa and played big festivals in Congo (DRC) and Rwanda. In Europe, among others festivals, she performed at Jazz & The City in Salzburg, Musig am Zürisee (CH), the Munich Tollwood Festival and headlined the KASUMAMA Festival in Austria. She is currently playing numerous concerts in Germany and neighbouring countries to present her new album.

Yvonne Mwale is using her popularity for selected charity works such as beeing an ambassador for the campaign "Stop the Cut", an initiative of Amref Flying Doctors in Austria.

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New Album

Msimbi Wakuda

Release Date
30. September 2016
File under
World Music / Jazz
Format
CD
EAN
0716073536239
Catalogue No.
OT 013-2
Label Code
LC 30913
Record Label
o-tone music
Distributor
Soulfood

Line Up

Yvonne Mwale
Vocals
Tilmann Höhn
Guitars
Thomas Rath
Drum Kit
Hanns Höhn
Upright Bass / E-Bass
Mohamed Twaba
Percussion / Marimba

Production Crew

Heinz Hess
Recording & mixing
Eric Merz
Mastering
Matthias Krämer
Executive Producer

Press Comments

  • "Some years ago Yvonne Mwale was Zambia's most promising upcoming talent and is now in international business. Her third Record 'Msimbi Wakuda' proofs her as a souvereign talent in Afro-Pop."
    – JazzThing, November 2016-January 2017
  • "Now the third studio album of the [...] songstress with the great and powerful voice. She stays true to her style, Soul Jazz, which she presents with her band with great groove and passion."
    – Folker, Oktober/November 2016
  • "An album full of dynamics, esprit and charme paired with rhythm and beat. Lets the listener swing along, pulls it into its spell."
    – Der Hörspiegel, 12. Oktober 2016
  • "Und wie Welt umarmend diese schwer traumatisierte Frau ihre aus tiefstem Herzen positiven Lieder zelebriert raubt einem mitunter den Atem."
    – Saarbrücker Zeitung, 6. Oktober 2016
  • "Like a magic belt she's putting a spell around her audience. And with the beat of the drums, it's dreaming away, lead by the expressive voice of the songstress."
    – Nassauische Neue Presse, 1. Juni 2016
  • “Eine Urgewalt [...] Die Frau ist ein Ereignis [...] So temperamentvoll, so leidenschaftlich: Yvonne Mwale riss die Besucher [...] mit afrikanischem Jazz von den Stühlen.”
    – Mühldorfer Anzeiger, 28. Januar 2016
  • JazzThing
  • Folker
  • Der Hörspiegel
  • Saarbrücker Zeitung
  • Nassauische Neue Presse
  • Mühldorfer Anzeiger

Concert Dates

References

Yvonne Mwale previously performed at this festivals and clubs (selection):

Festival Afrique-Carib, NL (2010); Junction Festival, IRL (2010); Festival de la Cooperación, ESP (2010); Wild Rose Festival, SE (2010); Weltmusikfestival Kassel, DE (2010); Imagine Festival, NOR (2010); Lake of Stars, MLW (2010); The Beat Festival, TZ (2011, 2012); Dar Jazz Event, TZ (2012); Jahazi Jazz Festival, TZ (2012); Misty Jazz Club, ZM (2013); Hakuna Matata Festival, DE (2014); Afrika-Festival Stuttgart, DE (2014); Afrilu Festival, DE (2014); Musig am Zürisee, CH (2015); Stoffel Festival, DE (2015, 2106); Sound of the Forest, DE (2015); Kulturfest Löherstraße, DE (Headliner) (2015); Weltnacht Festival, DE (2015, Headliner); Amani Festival, DRC (2016); Isaano Arts Festival, RW (2016); Tollwood Festival, DE (2016); Kasumama Afrika-Festival, AT (2016, Headliner); African Summer Festival, DE (2016); Hot Jazz Club, DE (2016); Jazz & The City, AT (2015, 2016)

Awards & Competitions

- Best Upcoming Female Artist (2009), Ngoma Awards Zambia
- Winner Music CrossRoads, national competition, Zambia (2009)
- Winner Music CrossRoads InterRegio Festival (with Nyali, 2009)
- Awarded at Jahazi Jazz Festival, Tanzania (2012)
- Nominated at the Montreux Jazz Vocal Competition, Switzerland (2013)
- Nominated in two categories at the Kilimanjaro Music Awards, Tanzania (with Fid Q, 2013)
- Finalist at the RFI Prix Decouverté, France (2013)

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Cover Artwork "Ninkale–Let Me Be" (2015)

Releases

Kalamatila
Kalamatila
2012
Caravan Records
Ninkale
Ninkale–Let Me Be
2015
Art of June / o-tone music / Soulfood
EAN 4250658800101
Msimbi Wakuda
Msimbi Wakuda
2016
o-tone music / Soulfood
EAN 0716073536239
Artist Management and Interview Requests : Matthias Krämer · matthias@kraemer-production.com · +49 1522 2158916