#CreatePreneur Africa – Lake Likoma Island’s David Marama – African ambassador, Malawi’s pride

Currently based in Australia, David Marama, African ambassador, Malawi's pride and humble intellectual's life journey ventured from Tanzania to Moscow in Russia. A lawyer by profession, the guitarist and vocalist has a soul passion for people imbued in traveling,cooking and global music....with a a Masters in Law with a majoring in International Law ,he speaks five languages Chewa, Swahili, English, Russian fluently and some snippets of Portuguese too....he is walking tall on the platforms of international music soul melodies!
His soul journey was triggered off at an early age when his father, Malawi’s first national registrar, went into exile into neighboring Tanzania when the family was given an ultimatum of 24 hours by the Banda regime to depart Malawi for political reasons.
One of the pioneers of Sound of HopeTanzania’s first music band he engaged in ‘Watafiti’, a research project to promote and develop contemporary and traditional music styles in Tanzania.
‘ Sound of Hope’ was the first Tanzanian Band to play at  the prestigious Kilimanjaro Hotel.
‘Watafiti’s’  debut album “UMOJA” was recorded in Harare at Frontline Studios. ‘Watafiti’ became the Tatunane Band and won a Radio France Award in 1991.This was a first-time achievement for a non-French speaking country band.
 In Australia, David has played with Musiki Manjaro, Clan Swahili, Royal Swazi Spa, Milton, Kunjani, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and Seben Brothers.
David Marama plays jazz, reggae, pop, reggae along with soukous genres.  He currently has five albums circulating and there will definitely be future creations of marvel while we savor the present.
 His new solo Cd called “Another Day” is in circulation with an Ep45 and merchandise on his band-camp online.
He has  featured in major Australian festivals including:
  • St Kilda
  • Blues Festival,
  • Big Day Out,
  • Falls,
  • Moomba,
  • Wangaratta Festival of Jazz
  • Woodford
  • WomadAdelaide
  • Berks, Perth
  • Gumboot Festival

Residence: New Caledonia, Noumea with Milton Band.

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DAVID MARAMA DISCOGRAPHY

1.Watafiti Tanga: 

1987 http://wenyewe.com/watafiti/More_Watafiti/More_Watafiti.htm

2, Watafiti Umoja : 

Frontline Studios, Harare 1984

1990 http://wenyewe.com/watafiti/More_Watafiti/More_Watafiti.htm

3. Muziki Manjaro: Melbourne, Kangarumba 2006

https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/32324764?q&versionId=39282688

4. Musiki Manjaro: Melbourne, Habari Za Africa and other 1989-2006

5. Royal Swazi Spa:Melbourne 2015:African Puzzle

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/theroyalswazispa

https://listen.tidal.com/artist/7317530

6. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra: Melbourne Various 2009-2018

https://www.discogs.com/artist/1731433-The-Public-Opinion-Afro-Orchestra

https://tpoao.bandcamp.com/album/the-system

https://www.facebook.com/publicopinion/

7. David Marama : 2018, Melbourne “Another Day” cd and Ep45

https://davidmarama.bandcamp.com/album/another-day with various studio videos of making of “Another Day”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgReeVvG0aodavid marama

8. David Marama with Milton Band: Melbourne 2013

Township Jive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u9jIQG4kps

Faith: Melbourne 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYdUieavNsU&t=48s

9. David Marama, Valanga Khoza, Jimmy Mulovedzhi: Melbourne:

Gavaza :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjDpskW2RZ8

2018:David Marama Bandcamp:https://davidmarama.bandcamp.com/album/another-day

 

How would you feel?

David ’s latest album Another Day tunes into his love for his motherland, Malawi. In Likoma Jive, he treasures his roots and culture on  Likoma Island. Transcending continents, it celebrates cultural diversity and languages.

Meet CreatePreneur Africa  A musical legend  from Malawi – David Marama

All people are born free and exercise a right under natural law to be who they want to be in life so long as they pose no danger to fellow beings                                                                         _David Marama

Tell us what drives you?

I have been raised by strong willed people and I take courage and direction from the examples they passed on throughout my journey in life. My Grandmother Alela (means Mother of Mothers) was a matriarch of the family whilst I was growing on Likoma Island in the middle of Lake Malawi.

She was confident, resourceful, powerful and a leader in all aspects of traditional life on the island. I recall men would be scared when summoned to appear before her and she taught us never to be scared of saying the truth at all time.

What is your true passion in life?

Social justice, diversity and community engagement is a corner principle in my daily engagement and principle. I have respect for gender, age, race, social status and believe that we learn from each other the virtues of life irrespective of one’s academic or social credentials in life.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

My father was the first Malawian Registrar of Cooperative Unions in   Malawi. In 1965, 1 year after independence Dr Banda, then President gave him (persona non grata) 24hrs to leave his country of birth into forced exile for no other reason than his political grip on the country. I was 6 years and that day started a journey of struggles ahead. 

What passion appeals to you the most? 

That all people are born free and exercise a right under natural law to be who they want to be in life so long as they pose no danger to fellow beings.

That the basics of life i.e. shelter, water and land should be provided in order to live and full- fill the obligations enshrined by the law of the land.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

Perhaps, I would not frame this question like this but believe that everyone has a right to work and earn a decent reward out of their hard work free of exploitation of other.

I earn to live and other proceeds I make goes to cater for the less unfortunate in society.

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

Again, work and passion are a distinct difference here; if you mean my music and photography passions, then quite early on in life. Music started when I was in primary School in Malawi, Tanzania, Russia and now Australia.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I take everything in life seriously as from an early age. My driving principle is to work hard always within given circumstances and turn those to maximum advantage. That has been my driving principle both with studies, work and hobbies.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I have resided outside my birth country since an early age to realize that hard work puts bread on the table. Competition is a pre-requisite to ambition and success, I realize. Once I decided to have a family that became more evident that my life was surrounded by others who looked at me as a “joint provider” to future.

I continue to compose, perform and record music in Melbourne and I sing, play guitar and traditional instruments. I have participated in over 15 CD productions and played or collaborated with African luminaries such as Hugh Masekela, Manu Dibango, Oliver Mtukudzi, Bunny Rashabane, the Late Big Tembo, Khaya Mahlangu and others…..

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

To be successful in life be surrounded by positive people who motivate you to achieve better things in life. I have always chosen my friends carefully and that has given me the impetus to achieve better results in whatever I do. I have self-confidence and do not doubt myself at all.

What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

Be yourself have heroes you aspire to in order to achieve your ambition. Do not pretend to be other because you are not. We are born with different capabilities in life but our paths are interconnected. Learn, teach and achieve in order to make a name for yourself, your community, country and our world.

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