Peter Mawanga and the Amaravi Movement w/ Selasee Atiase
Peter Mawanga & the Amaravi Movement
Peter Mawanga is a self-proclaimed “Voice for the Voiceless.” Writing in his vernacular Chichewa his socially conscious lyrics speak for Malawi’s underprivileged. The music is equally Malawian. Traditional melodies and rhythms form the backbone of original songs orchestrated with modern and traditional instruments, a sound Mawanga terms Afro-vibes.
Fusing the rock outfit of drums-bass-guitar with the traditional sounds of Malawi’s marimba, thumb piano, and percussion, Mawanga’s Afro-vibes is a modern African sound that is intrinsically Malawian. He has the premier band in Malawi to boot who has been making headlines ever since their debut release Paphiri ndi Padambo (2009).
Peter Mawanga & The Amaravi Movement have performed alongside many African musical luminaries including Zimbabwean legend Oliver Mtukudzi, Malawi’s Wambali Mkandawire and South African diva KT. Performing at live music venues around the world and at festivals such as the Lake of Stars, Peter Mawanga has garnered respect in the music industry at large. The synergy of Peter Mawanga & The Amaravi Movement inspired Rhythm of Life to sign Peter as the first artist on their new record label in Malawi in 2008. They were hand-selected from a national bid to perform at the unveiling of Malawi’s new telecom network. Peter’s songs have even been quoted by former President Bingu wa Mutharika in his speeches.
Born in Accra, Ghana, Selasee grew up exposed to the colorful and energetic sounds of Highlife Music. With this exposure Selasee created his own style—a unique blend of Reggae, West African Highlife and American Pop music. Threading together English and Ghanaian lyrics for a bright and captivating sound.
Growing up in Accra, he realized his passion for music and gained a good understanding on music’s effect on people. Performing at school, church and being around his elders, Selasee developed and cultivated his musical talents. In 1995, he formed the African Pop group Makuma thus releasing a self titled album “Makuma.” In 1996, Selasee formed a gospel group called Heart To Heart who in 1997 recorded a debut album “Love For All” followed by “Heart To Heart.”
In 1998, Selasee started visiting to perform music and finally immigrated to the US in 2001 where he continued to aspire on his solo career. During this time, Selasee signed on with Running Dreams Records under management with Sean Cassidy. In 2005, Selasee recorded his debut album “Run” on Running Dreams Records. That same year the title track “Run” won first place in the World Music genre of the International Song Writers Competition. The Tracks “Run” and “Makuma” were also featured in the 2006 FIFA Soccer and 2007 Cricket video games by EA Sports.
In 2006, Selasee performed at MIDEM 06′ in Nice, France and MUSEXPO 06′ in Los Angeles, California. In 2009 he was honored by The Independent Music Awards winning the “Best World Fusion Song” award for his song “Agba Yei”.
In 2010, Selasee recorded and released his second album named “African Gate” on Black Eye Watching Label.
In 2015, Selasee embarked on a new album produced by the legendary Aston “Family Man” Barrett of Bob Marley & The Wailers—Bob Marley’s Music Director. This album also included a special appearance by the Jamaican reggae star Anthony B. The title track “Time For peace” was awarded “Best World Beat Song” by the Akademia Music Awards.
On the touring circuit, Selasee has shared the stage with reggae legends Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Third World, The Mighty Diamonds, Don Carlos, Barrington Levy, King Yellowman, The Melodians and Anthony B. ….most recently,he has shared stages with Steel Pulse,Taurus Riley Beenie Man,Black Uhuru ,Julian Marley and The Wailers among others….
In his own words — “Humility is power!”