Southeast African, Malawian singer and songwriter Keturah has announced her debut self-titled album coming May 19, 2023 from Hen House Studios. Well-known her own country, Keturah traveled to America for the first time to record her album in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, featuring members of the Playing for Change Band.
Playing for Change is also debuting the music video for Keturah’s first single, “Kwanumkwanu”, which they recorded live at Mark’s Park. “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, but always remember where you come from.
Very recently, Malawi was devastated by a massive tropical cyclone. All proceeds from downloads and streams of Keturah’s first single will be donated to the Jacaranda Foundation, a Malawian cultural center and school for orphans that is helping with aid during this difficult time in Malawi.
An introduction to Harlan Steinberger, who owns Hen House Studios in Venice Beach, brought Keturah to America for the first time and when she was recording the album with members of the Playing for Change Band, she was joined by LA soul singer Chris Pierce, Zimbabwean guitarist Louis Mhlanga, John Densmore from The Doors, Jazz artist Jamael Dean, Magatte Sow from the Black Panther soundtrack, and more artists.