Michael Mountain, the composer and singer, is a multifaceted man. He is a small-scale tobacco and maize farmer, a community organiser, a reflective thinker, a prolific songwriter and a charismatic artist. On one hand he is deeply rooted in the spirituality of the Rastafari movement, on the other, immersed in the local politics of being chief of a small village.
Raised and educated in Zambia, Michael now lives the humble lifestyle common to most people in rural Malawi with his wife and two young children. The front porch of their small house is his favourite place. From there he can clearly see life from a different point of view and put these reflections into song.
His debut album 'Nowhere Else To Go' was mainly recorded in a studio on the shores of Lake Malawi, where Michael's soulful voice was backed up by a crew of fantastic musicians from the Nkhata-Bay area. A few overdubs, some finishing touches and the mixing was done in Sweden and the result of this collaboration is something quite special. It's an old school, low-key kind of reggae, where Michael's singing takes centre stage in front of a band that produces an organic and sometimes almost fragile vibe.
Although the lyrics often depict African real-life with its tales of hardships and of love, Michael also writes passionately about social issues and about the mystical.