‘The Young Shall Grow’ is something as unusual as a Malawian blend of contemporary Soul and Afro-Funk, sung alternately in English and the Malawi language of Chichewa. It is written and sung by Danny ‘Sirius’ Kalima, a 26 year-old Malawian musician and singer extraordinaire. On this album, Danny’s powerful and intimate voice frames a deeply personal record, with subject matters revolving around his upbringing in Malawi, relationships and love. Feelings of loss and loneliness are turned into soulful but ultimately uplifting songs.
Danny Kalima, otherwise also a singer in the popular Malawian band ‘Konkalazi’, feels that he can in some ways be freer to explore other musical styles and lyrical themes, when performing as a solo artist. Here (and in Malawi under the name of ‘Sirius’) he can continue working towards finding new cultural expressions and ideas.
The recording of the album in Moto Wambili Studios, Nkhata Bay, Malawi, was an involved collaboration between the producer Mattias Stålnacke (of Spare Dog Records) and Danny. The recordings, spread out over a few months, had lots of back and forth between the two as they worked towards the right mix of acoustic, electric and electronic, the right blend of samplings and ‘the real’.