The Band

The Amaravi Movement

The Amaravi Movement


November 13th, 2012

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After recording 2 solo projects Peter Mawanga traveled across Malawi providing free musical training to orphans and other underprivileged children and in the process he got acquainted to the rich and diversely traditional methods of creating music using local ethnic instruments. Inspired to continue creating great music with young people Peter formed his own band. In 2007 The Amaravi Movement was born.

The Amaravi Movement is a team of musicians that have a better understanding of Nyanja music (traditional music of influences from the shores of lake Malawi). Incorporating Malawian traditional rhythms performed at rituals and traditional ceremonies on the nylon guitar, mangolongondo (marimba) rhythms and singing in Chichewa (Malawian national language), Peter and Amaravi are able to speak both musically and lyrically directly to the modern world.
Our newly found Afro – vibes fusions have given birth to NYANJA MUSIC.  The band comes from different cultures and our upbringing is reflected in the performance of our music.

“I had to do a lot of research because I was coming in with a mind that had been raised in a world of modern music, and I also really needed to understand my roots and traditional music, so, I had to do a lot of talking to the right people who understood the culture.”

The Amaravi Movement is Peter Mawanga lead singer and founder. Alfred Sitolo Nkhoma on bass guitar. Faith Mussa on lead guitar. Dryson Mwimba on drums. Mavuto Million on Mangolongondo (Marimba), Marlyn Chakwera the only female member of the band and a soulful vocalist also plays Chisekese (Malawian shaker).


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