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AWIL 143 - Namvula

 Gifted song-sculptress Namvula on this A World in London! Click:  

When we first met Namvula Rennie four years ago on AWIL she was beginning a musical voyage of discovery & passion that would reap critical acclaim for her debut album, ‘Shiwezwa’. This week we witnessed an artist who has spread her wings and emerged stronger and butterfly beautiful. For a second generation Zambian that couldn’t speak her grandmother’s native tongue Namvula has matured into an ambassador for language and philosophy from this relatively uncharted quarter of Africa, and she encompasses her Scottish roots and London life into an eloquent sequence of storytelling. Namvula is our very own Joni Mitchell, without the protest but with sensitivity, adding light, deft touches to her lyrical content to convey messages that are deeply moving – emotionally or physically. Her 2nd album shows an artist comfortable in her own skin, confident as a singer/songwriter, sparkling with peer musicians like Kadialy Kouyate on kora, and bearing the voices of women of our times – those who love, those who are impoverished, those who are mothers - as Namvula herself has now become for the first time. This means that a promo tour for ‘Quiet Revolutions’ is on hold till next year until sleep deprivation wears off, but when you hear extracts from Namvula’s marvellous and conscious album, plus her superb unplugged performance in our studio, you might ask yourself if any promo is even necessary. ‘Quiet Revolutions’ is out today – November 10th – on Bandcamp! Find it and more about Namvula at

ARTIST                                                 TRACK                COUNTRY

Joji Hirota & London Taiko Drummers  Hiten Ryu II         Japan/UK

Martin Alvarado        Los Pajaros Perdidos                         Argentina

Sheila Chandra                      Lagan Love/Nada Brahma  UK/India

Karim Sultan/Tse Tse Fly ME City From Memory                 UAE

Namvula                    Moto (Fire)                                         UK/Zambia

‘           ‘                       Nikali Kuyenda (Night Song)           ‘           ‘

‘           ‘                       Njishe                                                  ‘           ‘

‘           ‘                       Boola Kuli                                           ‘           ‘

8/11/17 – AWIL at Res 143  Online:  Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling. Also this week Martin Alvarado at SOAS Radio: Next week Mary Ann Kennedy at SOAS & James Galvin at Resonance!  #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 4pm SOAS Radio