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Music - Gasper Nali

Music - Gasper Nali

With his 3 meter long, one-stringed Babatoni bass guitar, Gasper Nali has taken the internet by storm

Gasper Nali – babatoni, cow skin bass drum, vocals

With his 3 meter one-stringed Babatoni bass guitar, Gasper Nali has taken the internet by storm. Over 18 million people have seen videos of him playing his bouncy and catchy Afro-beats by the shores of Lake Malawi. Gasper is a Kwela tradition one-man-band, singing and playing the Babatoni with a stick and an empty beer bottle. His left foot on a locally fashioned kick pedal, he’s stomping the relentlessly driving rhythm on a cow skin bass drum. His songs are sung in the national language of Chichewa, but although his sound and melodies are upbeat and positive, they often portray darker subject matters and social issues. 

Gasper’s music is distinctively Malawian with haunting melodies and hypnotic rhythms, but has on the other hand also been likened to things like New Order and Arcade Fire, and his sound has gotten interest from Techno and EDM DJ’s.  

In 2018 he toured for the first time through Europe and played quite some festiv...

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Gasper Nali – babatoni, cow skin bass drum, vocals

With his 3 meter one-stringed Babatoni bass guitar, Gasper Nali has taken the internet by storm. Over 18 million people have seen videos of him playing his bouncy and catchy Afro-beats by the shores of Lake Malawi. Gasper is a Kwela tradition one-man-band, singing and playing the Babatoni with a stick and an empty beer bottle. His left foot on a locally fashioned kick pedal, he’s stomping the relentlessly driving rhythm on a cow skin bass drum. His songs are sung in the national language of Chichewa, but although his sound and melodies are upbeat and positive, they often portray darker subject matters and social issues. 

Gasper’s music is distinctively Malawian with haunting melodies and hypnotic rhythms, but has on the other hand also been likened to things like New Order and Arcade Fire, and his sound has gotten interest from Techno and EDM DJ’s.  

In 2018 he toured for the first time through Europe and played quite some festivals, with a lot of success. 

“His music is simple but joyous, and totally infectious”. Songlines Magazine (#115) 2016 

Discography:  
Abale Ndikuwuzeni (2016) 

Friday June 7th

19.15 - 19.45

22.30 - 23.00

LantarenVenster - Foyer


Pricing

Buy a day- or passe-partout-ticket via the link above.

Language and duration

Duration: 30 minutes

Important information

This program is freely accessible as part of our LantarenVenster foyer program. 

See also

Sponsors
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Prins Bernhard cultuurfonds
Lira fonds
Partners
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère