Peter Mawanga has attracted worldwide acclaim with his music, the Nyanja vibes, performing on
world stages in Africa, Europe and America. Not a stranger to the BBC and other media outlets,
Mawanga has established himself as one of the living legends in Malawi and Africa.
Blending traditional instruments as the Nyanja’s Nsansi (thumb piano), visekese (Shakers), Valimba
(Xylophone), and Kaligo (1 string instrument), with contemporary instruments, he produces music
that is fondly described by many as therapeutic, drawing from the Nyanja’s core values of peace and
The Nyanja (people from Lake Malawi) are the most peaceful people in Africa and their country
Malawi, which has never been at war, be it civil or otherwise, is known as the Warm heart of Africa.
Their instruments are deliberately designed to produce sounds that appeal to different feelings that
aim at calming the nerves, celebrating life, pleading for peace and mostly merry making.