Malawian singer and songwriter Keturah, a powerful new voice for Southeast Africa, has announced that her self-titled debut album will be released on May 19 via Hen House Studios. Raised in the rural countryside, Keturah set out on foot at 14 years of age, having lost her parents, and trekked to Blantyre, Malawi’s second largest city, looking for a recording studio. With a beautiful voice and powerful poise, she soon became a celebrity in Malawi. An introduction to Harlan Steinberger, who owns Hen House Studios in Venice Beach, California, recently brought Keturah to America for the first time to record the album at Hen House with an all star cast including members of the Playing for Change Band, LA-based soul singer Chris Pierce, Zimbabwean guitar legend Louis Mhlanga, The Doors’ John Densmore, jazz prodigy Jamael Dean, percussionist Magatte Sow (Angélique Kidjo), and more.
Advance single “Kwanumkwanu” is based on an African proverb that says “However far the stream flows, it never forgets its source.” Keturah wrote this song about people who travel far from home and forget their roots. “You can go wherever you want,” she says, “but always remember where you come from.” All proceeds from downloads and streams of the single will be donated to the Jacaranda Foundation, a Malawian cultural center and school for orphans that is helping with aid in the aftermath of Cyclone Freddy.
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Label: Hen House Studios