Roots reggae with a difference
Larry Maluma and Kalimba
Reviewed by Loretta Asquini and Katrina Newton
If you like African roots reggae with a bit of funk and soul influence, Larry Maluma and Kalimba is the band to see. On July 17, at the Central Club in Richmond, Maluma and his band got the crowd grooving at the launch of the "Le Man" video clip, from their latest album, Hallelujah.
Larry, originally from Zambia, has been in Australia for seven years. In Australia he formed Kalimba, naming the band after a traditional African ceremonial instrument. During this time he has worked with musicians from a variety of cultural backgrounds, adopting styles which he has used to blend his own brand of roots music.
Hallelujah was produced partly in Australia and partly in Zambia. The trip back to his homeland was a great source of inspiration for this musician. Many of the songs were written about traditional African culture and values; they are sung in a combination of English, Bemba and Nyanja.
The resulting unique sound has put his albums at the top of the charts Zambia.
Many of the songs on Hallelujah have a strong moral flavour, stressing the importance of family and traditional values; for instance, "Kalindawalo" has the message that material wealth and a powerful social position mean very little if you don't have the support of a large and loving family.
Larry Maluma and Kalimba are preparing for a national tour with dates to be announced soon. The combination of musical styles is dynamite. If you like African and reggae music and enjoy an energetic night of dancing (or even listening), you will definitely enjoy the sensual music of Larry
Maluma and Kalimba.