Keturah / Keturah
Album: Keturah   Collection:World
Artist:Keturah   Added:Jun 2023
Label:Hen House Studios  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2023-08-09 Pull Date: 2023-10-11 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Oct 1 Sep 17 Sep 3 Aug 20 Aug 13
Airplays: 1 2 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 04, 2023: Hanging In The Boneyard
Nchiwewe (Ode to Wille Nelson)
4. Sep 16, 2023: Hanging In The Boneyard
Nchiwewe (Ode to Wille Nelson)
2. Oct 12, 2023: Oh Messy Life
All the Way From Africa
5. Sep 16, 2023: Music Casserole
Nchiwewe (Ode to Wille Nelson)
3. Sep 26, 2023: Exploring the ul-A file
Mvula, Samala, Nchiwewe (Ode to Wille Nelson)
6. Aug 19, 2023: Music Casserole

Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2023-06-21
A debut album by a young singer named Keturah from Malawi a country of Bantu speakers in the former Nyasaland, known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” where many struggle to survive in the face of agrarian poverty and HIV-AIDS. Keturah emerged from a family of musicians with much hardship, and by dint of her gifts and hard work survived and is now flourishing The Guardian gave her album this shout-out: “glorious…. mixing traditional tunes into mid-paced afro-funk and melodic pop.” Tracks show originality and variety of singers and musicians.

NO FCC”s Favorite tracks: 2,3,4,6,7, 9, 10

Ku Nyumba (5:52)—upbeat West Indian-sounding intro, Keturah comes in with a flourish; happy-sounding

*2. Mvula (3:46)—slower, more heartfelt lullaby rhythm, mix of strings interspersed with vocals, nice weaving of syncopation and overdubbed percussion

*3. Kwanumkwanu (5:11)— starts with solo bass line; opens out to Keturah’s rich voice, using her language mixed with some English; tender but rhythmic

*4. Nchiwewe (Ode to Wille Nelson) (2:56) — hillbilly waltz in Bantu complete with blues harp; haunting and sweet!

5. All the Way from Africa (3:34)— English and Bantu, nice interweaving, gentle rhythm; easy listening

*6. Sukulu (5:42) — slower, island-style rhythm; tender-sounding, includes pretty kora outro

*7. Udzafele Zina (3:30)—includes trumpet with plunger; edgy

8. Samala (3:57)—chorus opens this along with kora flourishes

**9. Chimbalame  (4:30)—kora front and center here

*10. Wewe (3:26) — jazzy piano and sticks contrast with Keturah’s voice; denser sound bed than other tracks

Track Listing
1. Ku Nyumba   6. Sukulu
2. Mvula   7. Udzafele Zina
3. Kwanumkwanu   8. Samala
4. Nchiwewe (Ode to Wille Nelson)   9. Chimbalame
5. All the Way From Africa   10. Wewe