Erik Paliani - Chitukutu (Malawi, 2010)
For over a decade ERIK PALIANI has quietly made a name for himself as a revered and accomplished producer, songwriter and guitarist working in South Africa. He grew up in Malawi but has also lived in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. Paliani produced South African songstress Zamajobe's two albums Ndawo Yami (2004) and Ndoni Yamanzi (2008). Hugh Masekela chose him to produce his most recent studio album Phola after hearing his work with Zamajobe as well as with traditional Xhosa artist Mavo Solomon on his album iSiGiDiMi.
Paliani is currently a part of Hugh Masekela's touring band and his international exposure was further bolstered by the production work he did for Lee Ritenour's critically acclaimed Smoke ‘n Mirrors album. Paliani is known for his versatility in the recording studio and his experience in collaborative work, a result of having experienced music in several different countries but also because of his involvement in a band called Acacias in his home city of Blantyre in the mid 1990s.
He has recently released his debut album Chitukutuku which is his expression of the kaleidoscope of worlds that can be found on the African continent. He is also working to create a live band to support his solo debut.
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