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Masauko

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    releases June 16, 2019

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    This beautiful album from Masauko has been produced and packed with love in an amazing casing of grace that accentuates the spirit of this moving record. From all original artwork and inspired messaging from Masauko himself, this intentional record will connect with you in the physical and beyond.

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1.
2.
Old Shackles
3.
Come to Life
4.
Makolo
5.
Selassie and Chipembere
6.
Welcome Home
7.
Ichi Chakoma
8.
Building
9.
Chilembwe
10.
Watch This Woman
11.
Birds Will Sing
12.
04:34

about

This album is dedicated to my father, Masauko Chipembere, who is considered a national hero in Malawi, Africa. He was one of the architects of the movement that ended British colonial rule in the region in the 1960s. My father, like many of his generation, believed that Africa had something unique to offer the world through culture. He invested enormous amounts of time studying ancient cultures of Africa, as well as around the globe, in his search for a way forward for his people.

This album allows me to follow in the footsteps of my father. I am learning from the ancient ancestral ways of my people from Malawi while using contemporary musical influences from around the world. The album is called “Masauko” because that was my father’s name as well as my own. The name means “Suffering.” It is given to children whose mothers suffer greatly in the act of childbirth. With this album, we celebrate the life and voice of Masauko. May his name go down in history as a bright light revealing the road to human rights and dignity for oppressed people everywhere.

credits

releases June 16, 2019

The Band on all songs:
Chambota Chirwa-Bass
Kyle Luciano Phikiso-Drums
Masauko- Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocal
Samuel Mkandawire- Keyboards, Vocals
Ernest Ikwanga- Lead Guitar, Vocals
Percussion on all songs by John Hassan

Guitar solo on Africa Calling by Mongezi Ntaka
Horn section on Old Shackles and Chilembwe are Buddy Wells-Sax,
Robin Fassie Kock-Trumpet,
Steven Sokuyeka- Trombone
Joel Karabo Elliott- Trombone
Soprano Sax on Makolo and Flute on Birds Will Sing by Buddy Wells
Backing vocals on all songs by Asanda Msaki Mvana and Sinethemba Makanya
Additional vocals on Africa Calling, Old Shackles and Ilala by Tiyamike Mkanthama
Additional vocals on Ichi Chakoma by Samela Tyelbooi and NoBuntu Mhlambi
Additional vocals on Building by Nailah Porter, C.C. White and Joel Karabo Elliott
Additional percussion on Welcome Home by Daryl Chonka
The speech ending Selassie and Chipembere was by Henry Masauko Chipembere.


Produced by Masauko and Daryl Chonka
(additional production by Mongezi Ntaka)
Engineered and Mixed by Daryl Chonka at www.cometolife.com
2nd Engineer- Jethro Harris

Recorded at Milestone Studio, Cape Town, South Africa
& Downtown Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa
Mastered by Graemme Brown, Zen Mastering Vancouver

Creative Design, Layout and Album Packaging: Drew Douglas
Front cover painting: Nico Phooko
Inner Fold Photo:Mike Kambalame
Digital Artwork: Sydney Woodard

Copyright: Masauko and Come to Life Music 2019

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Masauko Brooklyn, New York

Masauko is Malawian-American singer/songwriter, born in Los Angeles while his parents were in political exile. His music is a bridge between his African past and his American present. His primary instruments are the acoustic guitar and the voice. His music has allowed him to work in Los Angeles, South Africa, Malawi, New York and currently Costa Rica.

His new LP is called Masauko.
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Track Name: Africal Calling
Africa Calling

(By Masauko, Mongezi Ntaka, Lorraine Klaasen)

Africa is calling you
back to the strength in your soul
Africa is calling you
come back inside and be whole
(Chorus)

That's you in the spotlight
with the world watching
Do you know who you are?
That's you in the spotlight
Do you know who you are?

Africa is calling you
people unite and make change
Africa is the root of rhythm and spirit
come dance

That's you in the spotlight
with the world watching
Do you know who you are?
The brothers are killing each other
for political reasons
They don't know who they are
(Chorus)

That's you in the headlights
with a train coming
get on or get out of the way
That's you in the spotlight
Do you know who you are?

Children be well where you are
Love is your birthright African stars
Follow your ancestors now
Sing for your freedom
Dance filled with pride
Africa is calling
Track Name: Ilala
Ilala

(Traditional melody with music and additional lyrics by Masauko)

Takwera ilala, ilala,ilala
(We are going on a ship)
Takwera ilala iye
(Chorus)

Wa ife, wa ife, wa ife
(He is ours)
ngati Chipembere, a-Chipembere
(like Chipembere)

(Chorus)

Wa ife, wa ife, wa ife
(He is ours)

Ngati Ortin Chirwa, ngati a-Chiume,
(like Ortin Chirwa and Chiume)

ngati a-Chisiza, ngati John Chilembwe
(like Chisiza and Chilembwe)

(Chorus)

My family was forced to flee Malawi by ship into exile before I was born. The ancestors whose names are called here all suffered for the liberation of Malawi. Many of them also had to flee for their lives. With this song I am claiming them, naming them and thanking them.

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