An opportunity has risen for Malawian musicians longing for international exposure as South Africa’s Wired for Sound (WFS) mobile recording studio seeks to compile an album from Malawi.
The solar-powered recording studio, established by South Africa’s music group Freshlyground, will conduct music recording sessions in collaboration with Radio Dinosaur FM in Karonga from August 13 to 23 2015.
According to WFS website, the content generated will be compiled into an album to be made available on iTunes and Amazon.com.
“Revenue generated by sales will go towards working with partner radio stations and musicians to establish solar powered recording set ups at each community radio station we visit on our trips,” reads a statement on the website.
WFS is a mobile roaming recording studio working with musicians and community radio stations throughout Southern Africa.
It was established as a non-governmental organisation in South Africa by Freshlyground founding member Simon Attwell and radio producer Kim Winter, in collaboration with Freshlyground guitarist Julio Sigauque.
The team collaborates with musicians and community radio stations to produce an album, radio content, photo essays and video documentaries.
The project is funded by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (Osisa).
“We are a mobile recording studio, designed around a 4×4 vehicle with battery system and solar panel, which means we are equipped to record pretty much anywhere.
“Recording environments are chosen based on the style of music being recorded, and quirky aesthetic visual appeal and/or unusual acoustic quality of locations,” reads information from the website.
Local musicians who are interested to collaborate with WFS may register with Radio Dinosaur FM before August 1 2015.
Radio Dinosaur acting director Alex Mhongo confirmed with The Nation about the recording sessions.
“It’s an open invitation for anybody who is interested. There is no specific number of people we are looking for. Whoever is interested is allowed to register,” he said.
Mhango said it is an honour for them to work with WFS in promoting Malawian arts and culture.
“It is an honour for us as a community radio station, with little or no experience in broadcasting, to work with such an international organisation. This is an opportunity for us to learn from them,” said Mhango.
He said the offer is within the radio’s aim and objectives of promoting Karonga’s cultural heritage.