60 second interview with: Namvula

Each week we will be posting exclusive 60 second interviews with our 2018 Festival bands and artists. This week we are in conversation with Namvula, to find out when Namvula is playing mjf 2018 click here.

Name: Namvula

Name of the Band (if you’re in a band): Namvula

Where are you/the band from? Zambia / UK


How did you get into music?

I’ve been writing songs since I was an early teenager, and playing various instruments (not superbly!) since childhood, so the career is an extension of that

What are the most enjoyable aspects of being a musician?

Having a great performance that strikes audiences emotionally, touring to new places, discovering new types of food (yep, I’m a foodie!)

What is the least enjoyable part of being a musician?

The admin. Snooze!

Who is your favourite band or artist?

Too many to list here, but great loves are Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone, Andy Palacio, Moses Sumney

What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given?

Some people will like your music, some people won’t. Just keep making the music you like.

What does it mean to you to play at manchester jazz festival?

It’s great to be back – the last time we had such great vibes from the audience, I hope for more this year around!

What advice would you give to the new generation of musicians that would like to follow in your steps?

Stay in love with your craft

What has been the most notable highlight of your career so far?

Recording my second album at seven months pregnant! Maybe not an accolade, but finding my way around all the gear with my belly was definitely notable!

Other than yourself, who are you looking forward to seeing at mjf 2018?

The Hackney Colliery Band, that are playing just after us. I’ve not yet had the pleasure, so I really look forward to that one!

For the full Festival Programme click here.