African Fiddle Fusion – live at Shrine!

African Fiddle Fusion – live at Shrine!

  • Location:2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd - 7th Ave, New York, New York 10030
  • Venue:Shrine World Music Venue
  • Length:09:00 pm

Andrew “Finn the Fiddler” Magill has straddled the tenuous line of “fiddler” and “violinist” for the better part of his thirty years. Raised in an Irish musical household in Asheville North Carolina he grew up studying with many of the best traditional American and Irish fiddlers at The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops. He was featured on NPR at age 18 and never looked back. His 2016 two-disc project Roots and Branches debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts and says grammy-winner Tim O’Brien:

“He has learned from and now plays with the best in the genre. On Branches you can hear a new musical voice emerging. I’m gonna keep listening for Finn Magill.”

In 2009, he received a Fulbright-MtvU Fellowship to co-write and co-produce an album with Malawi pop icon Peter Mawanga that musically captures ten experiences of HIV/AIDS through song in Malawi, Southern Africa.

The result, Mau a Malawi: Stories of AIDS was released on October 14th, 2011 as a multimedia show at the University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hall. Sales from the studio album Mau a Malawi are invested in programs to keep vulnerable Malawian children in school and empower them through the arts.

“The inspiring cross-cultural performances on this beautiful album “Mau A Malawi: Stories of AIDS” remind us of the human cost of this disease as well as the imperative to unite in creating an AIDS-free generation. —Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Mau a Malawi has been a platform for years of musical collaboration between the two artists who now tour blending the traditional sounds of their native continents in exciting original music.

Peter Mawanga’s Bio:
At the height of the CHIMURENGA war, the struggle for independence in Zimbabwe, a Malawian missionary family arriving at Harare airport was stranded inside the terminal while chaos took over the city streets.

Oblivious to the muted panic in the airport lounge, two year old Peter Mawanga broke the tension as he sang Amazing Grace, perfectly in tune, to an amazed audience. His uncle pronounced there and then that the boy was destined to be a great musician. After Peter’s astounding first concert, his love affair with music saw him do anything he could to learn and experience music; through school clubs, the church choir and friends he learned to play keyboards and guitar.

In Malawi in 2002 while studying mechanical engineering he recorded a playful album that set him on the path to his musical destiny. Recorded under the name Peter Pine ‘CITY LIFE’, was a sensation across Malawi. The afro-pop album’s controversial hit single ‘AMAKHALA KU BLANTYRE’ discussed the realities of urban versus rural living. The song was so controversial it inspired several ‘response’ songs, which opposed Peter’s shattering of the ‘city streets are paved with gold’ myth. Buoyed by the overnight success of his first album and lack of funds for his college tuition, Peter abandoned his studies for a professional music career.

IMG_9405Shedding the persona of Peter Pine he reverted to his own name Peter Mawanga and began creating definitive music; globally recognized yet intrinsically Malawian. In 2005 he recorded Zanga Zo Zama, produced by renown poet and music producer Q Malewezi . The critically acclaimed album presented Mawanga truer sound; Afro vibes – a fusion of traditional African rhythms, composition, vocal arrangements with modern instrumentation; inspirational, introspective, spiritual and socially conscious. Zanga Zo Zama’s songs such as ‘Tsoka’, ‘Londa’, ‘Mwana Wamasiye’ and ‘Bwerera’ are poignant songs with strong messages marking Peter’s journey from pop star to celebrated musician and voice of the underprivileged.

Concerned by the plight of underprivileged children in Malawi, Peter established Talents of the Malawian Child, in 2004.

With the support from Unicef and Plan international, Peter trained and mentored orphaned and venerable children by organizing music workshops. As a result of these projects Peter produced albums for these children; ‘Ana a SASO’ (2005) and ‘Vingoma na Visekese’ (2006) and ‘Sounds of Lilongwe’ (2008). His song Timveni was the official song for Plan Malawi’s Timveni children’s radio project. Inspired to continue creating great music with young people Peter formed his own band. In 2007 Peter’s third incarnation was born; Peter Mawanga and The Amaravi Movement. Incorporating Malawian instrumentation, Nylon jazz guitar, Mangolongondo (marimba), Sansi (thumb piano) rhythms and singing in Chichewa (Malawian national language), Peter is able to communicate both musically and lyrically to the world on behalf of his country. He composes when he is at peace and in synch with the world and therefore the result is unrestrained and intimate.

Performing at live music venues such as Cargo, London, UNC Memorial hall (USA), The Touhill performing arts center St Louis Missouri USA and festivals such as Lake of Stars (Malawi), LEAF Festival in Asheville (USA) and Celtic Connections in Glasgow Scotland, Mawanga has shared the world stage with international artists such as Oliver Mtukudzi, Manu Dibango and American Grammy award winner Earl Klugh.

Peter Mawanga has garnered respect in the music industry at large. The synergy of Peter Mawanga and The Amaravi Movement impressed Rhythm of Life to sign Peter as the first artist on their independent record label in Malawi in 2008, together they recorded and released Peter Mawanga & The Amaravi Movement’ live debut studio album Paphiri ndi Padambo.

Peter Mawanga has now invested most of his time in a research tour across Malawi, recording and rediscovering the NYANJA sounds of Malawi (Music from the lake shores of Malawi).