There is no doubt that Larry’s career path has been a long and tough one having left Zambia when he was just about to reach near-stardom status and having to go and start all over again far from home. Larry was born in Zambia and moved to Australia in 1985. He is an accomplished musician, composer and vocalist and sings in a combination of English and his native languages including Nyanja, Bemba and Tonga, adopting styles which he has used to blend his own unique brand of African Roots Reggae music. The resulting sound put his music at the top of the Zambian charts. Larry has released 12 albums and more than 15 music video clips which have been aired on ABC Rage, SBS, Channel 9 and many other TV and radio shows in Australia including Triple J, 3RRR, PBS FM and other countries including Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. One of his previous albums, Tusekelele (Let’s Celebrate) was hailed as one of the most impressive albums of 2009 and one of the most admirable albums to be associated with African music.
He records with some of the finest musicians in Australia. With many of the musicians regarded as Australia’s leading session musicians, the individual and collective brilliance of the musicians respectively assures a diverse sound which encompasses complex African rhythms, Roots Reggae and luscious jazz horns. Since arriving in Australia Larry has broadened the Australian perspective of African music. A recognised and popular music star in his native Zambia, Larry Maluma is a major contributor to the Australian African roots and reggae scene. Maluma is a Life Time Achievement Award winner.
Larry has headlined festivals such as Apollo Bay Music Festival, Bellingen Global Carnival and the Globe to Globe World Music Festival 2001 as well as being special guest for Jimmy Cliff, Wailers and Angelique Kidjo to mention a few.
At the beginning of 2004 Larry was asked by two members of MMM International to assist with the Zambian project : “The African Dream”. A project which assists underprivileged children in Zambia. Larry graciously donated his songs which were compiled on the compilation “Larry Maluma -a good cause”. It contains a mixture of songs sung in 2 of Zambia’s 72 languages, Bemba & Nyanja. The songs chosen are from 5 of Larry’s album releases. Half the proceeds from the sale of this cd go to the “African Dream” project. Another song, Punzisani Aana (Teach the Children) from the 1993 album ‘Man & Woman’ is used in two documentaries on children’s blindness called ‘Amakumbi Yabuta (The clouds have cleared)’ and adult’s blindness titled ‘Mbunjo Mumeso (Clouds in my eyes).
Larry Maluma’s 12th album, Ulemu (Respect) recorded over thirty years ago in Zambia is out now through Safari Music.
‘Kalindawalo’, a Zambian traditional song from my 3rd album titled Hallelujah released in 1991 appears 27 years later on a Putumayo World Music album called ‘Kid’s African Party’. https://putumayokids.bandcamp.com/album/kids-african-party