Spare Dog Records

Bristol, UK - Nkhata Bay, Malawi. We release original Malawi music from our in-house studio on the shore of Lake Malawi.

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Spare Dog Records is a Bristol (UK) based independent fairtrade record label which releases and promotes original contemporary music from the small country of Malawi in the subtropics of Central Southern Africa.

Launched in 2014, Spare Dog Records is the younger sister of Moto Wambili Studios, a recording studio on the shores of Northern Lake Malawi, a place where professional set-ups are otherwise scarce.

While Moto Wambili Studios records and produces the music of Malawian artists locally, Spare Dog Records ensures that they can and will be heard around the world. Reggae, Afro-Beat and Soul – all with some traditional influences, are just some of the sounds coming from Malawi, the Warm heart of Africa.

For many artists in the country, even with a reasonably produced album, sales are done hand to hand and have little chance of reaching outside its borders. Spare Dog Records offers the opportunity for these artists to release the music on a wholly different scale.

With our reputation as the go-to place for high quality productions in Malawi - together with the international reach of our label - we get the chance to work with the best of Malawi talent.


participating in

  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2016


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