26 October, 2023
Doors 7pm, Music from 8pm
Pay-what-you-decide (minimum £10). Supper included in the price of all tickets
9 West Street
Presented as part of Weston-super-Mare’s Black History Month Programming
Loves Cafe and Super Culture are pleased to welcome back to Weston Gasper Nali, after a brilliant show in 2022 as part of our Bandstand Summer Series in Grove Park.
Tickets to the show include a delicious supper designed by Global Kitchen, members of the town’s refugee community, reflecting memories and tastes of home that they’d like to share.
Gasper Nali is a roots one-man-band from the small town of Nkhata Bay on the shores of Lake Malawi. He plays a one-string home-made 3-metre long Babatoni bass guitar with a stick and an empty beer bottle, and together with a cow skin kick drum and catchy melodies, he creates the most amazing and danceable original Afro Beats possible!
Gasper’s unique style of Kwela music has received an extraordinary amount of online attention after a video of him playing by the lake shore went viral with over 20 million views. He has been featured by CNN and in the documentary ‘Deep Roots Malawi’, jammed with Joss Stone, appeared on Wired for Sound – Malawi, remixed by Aroop Roy for Sol Power Sounds and been played by Iggy Pop on BBC 6!
His debut album, Abale Ndikuwuzeni, roughly translates to ‘People, I want to tell you’. It is a fitting title as Gasper’s songs, all sung in the Malawi national language of Chichewa, talk about life and strife in the country, often including social issues such as the rich and the poor, child marriages etc.
After successful Euro/UK tours in 2018, 2019 & 2022 Gasper has been biding his time in Malawi, writing new music and playing locally around Nkhata Bay the way he always has – but now he is back again to re-conquer the world!
“His music is simple but joyous, and totally infectious.” – Songlines Magazine
“His songs are moving to hear and a spectacle to watch” – Simon Broughton, Evening Standard
Opening for Gasper is Michael Mountain.
Michael Mountain – or Mountain Mike as he sometimes goes by – is a reggae artist and small-scale farmer. The front porch of his small house in the remote village of Viboko is his favourite place, and from there he can clearly see life from a different point of view, and put his reflections into song.