Internet babatoni sensation Gasper Nali embarks on world tour

Gasper Nali, the babatoni-playing Nkhata Bay musician whose amateur video of him playing the instrument went viral and has garnered around 20 million views, embarks on a global tour to promote his music.

Gasper Nali with Joss Stone

Gasper Nali

He is an internet sensation whose short clip of him performing on the shores of Lake Malawi was released on YouTube in 2010.

His music has been described as “simple but joyous, and totally infectious” by Songlines magazine and Gasper is a one-man party! It’s completely impossible to stop moving – and just as impossible to stop smiling!” by Bandcamp.

The tour will take the artist from Netherlands, Scandinavia to the UK from July 11 to August 26.

Gasper has performed on the main stage of the ‘Lake Of Stars’ international music festival in 2015 and 2016, jammed with Joss Stone (see video below) and been remixed by Aroop Roy on Sol Power Sound.

Nali will perform at the world-famous WOMAD, Zwarte Cross, Malmö Sommarscen, Shambala, BoomTown, among other festivals.

Nalibecame an internet sensation when a very old video of his song AbaleNdikuwuzeni receivedabout 20 million views on Facebook and YouTube.

As a result, Spare Dog Records asked the artist to come through for a recording session at their Nkhata Bay studio.

“Of course we wanted the world to hear his music in full force, so we asked Gasper to come down to the studio to record the hit song properly. The first single, the famous ‘AbaleNdikuwuzeni’ song, was released in July 2015 together with a new music video,” Spare Dog Record’s MattiasStanlacke explained.

The debut full length studio album (also ‘AbaleNdikuwuzeni) was released on 7th December 2015.

The new album ‘Zoona Malawi’ will be released on wax in August together with US label Mississippi Records and Swedish label Sing a Song Fighter. It was recorded live in it’s rawest form on the shore of Lake Malawi, and contains no overdubs or additional sounds – Just Gasper doing his thing! Link to full Gasper Nali discography.

Gasper, 35, lives a quite modest life in Nkhata Bay on the shores of Lake Malawi.

Watch Gasper Nali play AbaleNdikumbukeni with Joss Stone:

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