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MALUMA - assured success. Zambia Daily Mail-1985

MALUMA – assured success.
Zambia Daily Mail-1985

Zambia Daily Mail - 1985

Zambia Daily Mail – 1985

"Golden Voice1984" competition

“Golden Voice 1984” competition. Zambia Daily Mail 9184.

 

Debut Album Launch Poster

Debut Album Launch Poster

 

 

 

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Maluma to Record in Zimbabwe – Zambia Daily Mail Sat Aug 24 1985

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From Our Brother

Reggae Downunder

 Three Reggae Stalwarts
Many first generation acts disappeared without leaving recordings, struggling to plytheir trade in the face of disappearing venues and ever shifting audiences. However,certain key individuals have persisted with reggae and have continued to inspire and collaborate with younger musicians and fans.Three such stalwarts are Barbados-born singer, Ron “Ras Roni?” Jemmott who lives in Sydney, Larry Maluma, originally from Zambia, now based in Melbourne and Nicky Bomba born in Malta by a long-time resident of Melbourne.Ron Jemmott migrated to London at the age of 14 in 1964 and spent several yearsduring the 1970s performing with UK-based Jamaican-born luminaries like JimmyJames and Rico Rodrigues. He arrived in Australia in 1979 and soon after helpedcreate Un Tabu, a band with members from Fiji, the Caribbean (including Trinidadand Tobago-born pan player and singer, Errol Renaud), Latin America and Australia.Their 12-inch single, „Open Your Eyes/Dem Coming Down?

(1982) released on theFolkways label was the first reggae release in this format and arguably the most fullyrealised reggae recording made in Australia up to that point. Un Tabu did not go on to produce further records and Ras Roni has recorded only sporadically, but his work with the Sydney bands, Resurrectors and more recently The Strides showcase hissongwriting and vocal abilities, factors which remain somewhat elusive for manyAustralian reggae acts.After arriving in Australia in 1985, Zambian multi-instrumentalist Larry Maluma developed a career as a composer, prolific recording artist and video maker. He hascreated a distinctive signature music blending roots reggae, funk and Zambian styles,sings in English and several Zambian languages and returns frequently to his homeland where he has become a much loved expatriate success story. One of the genuine pioneers of the multi-cultural contemporary music scene that come to define Melbourne, Maluma shows no let up in creativity and his most recent album,Tusekelele (Let’s Celebrate) (2009) has received positive local reviews andconsiderable enthusiasm in his Zambian homeland.The drummer and vocalist, Nicholas Caruana aka Nicky Bomba was born in Maltain 1963 and arrived with his parents in Melbourne as a one-year-old. He is best knownas a collaborator with other artists such as John Butler, Joe Camilleri, GeorgeBurrawanga, Israeli producer/musician Laroz Haim, Ethiopian-Australian DerebDesalegn, and the 30-piece Melbourne Ska Orchestra, which he conducts. Starting asa funk musician, he has included various Jamaican styles in his repertoire reggae,rocksteady, ska and perhaps uniquely in Australia – mento, the pre-ska Jamaican equivalent of calypso. Planet Juice, Bomba’s debut solo album (only released in2009) highlights the eclectic exuberance he has shown throughout his career. Like Larry Maluma, Nicky Bomba has shown an individualistic approach to reggae and hehas honed his ability to interpolate Jamaican musical forms into a variety of settings.

by Brent Clough

 

 

Rhumba, reggae fusion to give local touch. Zambia Daily Mail 1984

Rhumba, reggae fusion to give local touch. Zambia Daily Mail 1984

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Larry maluma continues to fly the Zambian flag in Aystralia

Larry Maluma