Erik Paliani describes Grittah’s Camp 1st anniversary performance as ‘significant’

In 1995, he played for Acacias Band before leaving for South Africa in 1998. Having spent years collaborating with different artists in the
rainball nation, Friday 29th September saw the return of legendaryJazz maestro Erik Paliani.

Eric Paliani

Paliani’s performance at Grittah’s Camp first anniversary was nothing but amazing.

He performed with a Malawian Band which he personally hand picked.

“I knew the Band would deliver because I carefully hand picked the Band members. I am quite excited because its a mixture of old and
young generation. We need to nurture young talent for future’s sake,” he said.

Paliani then described his performance at Grittah’s Camp as significant in his career as a professional musician, saying he spent
some years living in Chilinde CCDC and surrounding areas.

“This is where I formed my first Band called ‘Hot Kids” together with Kelvin Maigwa, Gerald Chirombo and Steven Kalanje. This is where I had my first experience working with a Band hence as a professional it
carries that significance,” he recalled.

In his remarks, Grittah’s Camp owner Neil Nayar said he opted for Paliani to headline the event because he wanted the anniversary to be
a celebration of good music rather than making it a party.

“We wanted to show the world that Grittah’s is not just a party place. Grittah’s is a music and arts venue where we appreciate good music. We have been doing well in creating audience. We have grown so much in one year and soon we will be branching out to having urban music and talents shows,” Nayar revealed.

Grittah’s Camp was reopened on 28 September 2016. South Africa’s
Native Young performed at the event.

Apart from Paliani, Third Eye and Kimba Mutamba also headlined the first anniversary.

While in South Africa, Paliani worked with Musa Manzini, Themba Mkhize
and Judith Sephuma among others.

He is currently promoting “Chitukutuku” album which was released in 2014.

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