Magazine article New Internationalist

Forever Is 4 You

Magazine article New Internationalist

Forever Is 4 You

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Forever Is 4 You

by Malawi Mouse Boys

(Independent Records IRL 092 CD)

These are country boys who grew up together and who take their band name from a previous income stream - selling kebabed field-mice on the roadside at a time when food shortages provoked grim measures. Together they specialize in unmannered gospel music that speaks with absolute conviction.

Malawi Mouse Boys' third album comes after acclaimed predecessors He is #1 (2012) and Dirt Is Good (2014). It sees the band halved in size, which makes a difference in the sheer weight of the sound. However, the core members - vocalist-guitarists Zondiwe Kachingwe, Alfred Gavanala and Nelson Mulligo and percussionist Joseph Nekwankwa - evince a pared-down strength that makes Forever Is 4 You so powerful.

When the emotion comes it hits hard - nowhere more so than on 'Umasiye Wanga' ('My Loneliness') when Nekwankwa sings of the death of his mother. …

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