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Yvonne Mwale
Artist
Zambia
Influences: African , North American , Caribbean
Genres: world music, jazz, soul
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Yvonne Mwale Releases New Album \'NINKALE – Let Me Be\' With a big live concert the Zambian Afro-Jazz songstress Yvonne Mwale released last Saturday her latest record "Ninkale – Let It Be" in Frankfurt (Germany).   Though new to Germany Yvonne Mwale managed to mobilise a large crowd of people to attend at 'Das Bett', a popular place for live concerts in Frankfurt. After one of Germany's biggest entertainment magazines featured Yvonne with a full page article a good number of locals became curious to see what the African Star had to offer. Those who joined were not disappointed: for two and a half hours Yvonne Mwale rocked the place and kept the crowd dancing all night long, cheered by an excited audience. To maintain the African originality Yvonne had 'Sir' Jones Kabanga from Zambia and 'Twaba' from Tanzania on stage. Since the concert was a record release concert the new album 'Ninkale' was for the first time on sale that night. Most visitors decided to go home with their own copy after watching a convincing performance of the whole band. Many of them queued up the get their copy signed by the artist.   When asked about how she feels about her new album Yvonne had to say: "Working in such a studio with only professional musicians was a new experience for me. But it helped me to extend my limits further. It's great after all that work to see the album finally out and selling. Now, after performing my first major concert here in Germany after the 2010 tour I'm excited to see all the people here. It's good to see that even in Europe the audience loves our Africa music and I will give my best to reach a wider audience with it."   The album was previously recorded in the Art Of June Studios, one of the major german recording studios that allows to record full bands live. The 14 tracks of the album feature besides the Zambian guitar legen 'Sir Jones' also the Tanzanian percussionist Twaba, the danish saxophonist Bobby Ricketts as well as musicians from Germany that usually perform with German superstars like Xavier Naidoo and Glashaus. To get the final polish, the album was after mixing sent to Switzerland for mastering.   With her latest album Yvonne Mwale is further establishing her position in the global World Music scene. First reviewers have been excited about the artistic and technical quality that take Zambian music to a whole new level. The album is available in all popular music stores and streaming services around the world (e.g. iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer and many more).   In July Yvonne will perform at the Africa Festival in Stuttgart (Germany). Further shows later this year are in preparation. more
Good news don't stop coming in: The Master Jam Jazz Fest invited Yvonne Mwale to participate at the 2014 edition of this international festival-contest for Jazz improvisation skills. The festival is featuring top-class artists from more than 50 countries, all competing to make it to the finals that will be held in one of the Jazz capital cities of the world. During competitive days of the final round, improvisers display their improvisational and ensemble abilities in different jazz styles — swing, bebop, Latin jazz, jazz ballad, fusion, jazz rock, funk, and others. The Festival is completed by a Gala-concert of the Festival-contest winners. Eminent guests of the Festival take part in the concert program. The international jury and organizing committee of the Festival-contest first season includes leading jazz experts, educators, journalists, renowned jazz musicians and well-known jazz connoisseurs. Yvonne is glad to have made it already through the online preselection - one step closer to the finals. Y vonne Mwale's Profile at the Master Jam more
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Photo by: Yvonne Mwale
About: Live at Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin, Germany
Photo by: Yvonne Mwale
About: Yvonne Mwale performing with a classical orchestra at Wiesbaden Night of Music 2015
Photo by: Yvonne Mwale
About: Yvonne Mwale performing with a classical orchestra at Wiesbaden Night of Music 2015
Photo by: Yvonne Mwale
About: Brotfabrik, Frankfurt, Germany
Photo by: Yvonne Mwale
About: Brotfabrik, Frankfurt, Germany
ABOUT
A global artist by any measure, the eclectically versatile and ever-passionate Yvonne Mwale returns this year with her fourth album release, the brilliantly vibrant and immersive ‘Free Soul’.

From difficult beginnings, Yvonne’s journey through life has been one that ultimately showcases an entirely unique style and perspective in her music. Currently residing in Germany, Yvonne works hard to leave her struggles behind her, to move on from the past and embrace a brighter future with open arms. ‘Free Soul’ is absolutely an embodiment of that progression and intention.

A supreme collection of original recordings, designed to provoke feelings of energy and blissful escapism, ‘Free Soul’ incorporates tribal rhythms and a number of different genres and styles. Leading with an organic world music vibe, yet skilfully fusing this with multiple layers of pop, jazz and even EDM, the album is an easy must for world music and pop fans far and wide. Wherever the moment takes her, the songs represent this in a unique instance of expression and creative freedom. Even amidst such variety though, Yvonne’s inherent connection to her roots can always be relied upon to breathe life and authenticity into the process.

Far from a new starter, Yvonne has already performed at a plethora of international music festivals, and has bagged a handful of impressive awards along the way. In 2009 she won Best Upcoming Female Artist at the Ngoma Awards in Zambia. That same year she took home an award at the CrossRoads InterRegio Festival. In 2013, her well-travelled nature found her as a finalist at the RFI Prix Decouverté in France, and in 2018 she took second place at the World Citizen Artists Awards in Jamaica.

The journey has been a long and unpredictable one, but these qualities and experiences undoubtedly shine with stunning brightness throughout this latest project. From mellow layers of melody to choir-like harmonious anthems and outright dance-floor smashes, ‘Free Soul’ encapsulates precisely the concept implied by its title. Yvonne Mwale is a free soul, through and through. A talented, emotionally intentional and musically skilful artist, who we can expect and hope to see performing on stages across the globe in 2020 and beyond.


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