Born December 26th 1982 in Malawi with two older sisters, David Kalilani is the last born and only son in his family. His parents were divorced when he was three years old and he was raised by his mother. He mainly grew up in Blantyre, with a one year stint in Mzuzu, before he joined his mother in Blacksburg Virginia (U.S.A.) in 1995. In 2002 he went to pursue a higher national diploma at Guildford College in England and is now a graduate of African Bible College with a major in Biblical studies.
While growing up, David was exposed to a lot of music in diverse genres from country music, rap, reggae, traditional Malawian music and the eighties pop culture. On any given Sunday he would hear Bob Marley, Madonna, and Naughty by Nature or Wambali playing through the speakers on their small radio at home. He recorded his first song at the age of fifteen titled Body Snatcha. It enjoyed some airplay on several radio stations in Malawi.
At the age of 18 he joined a pioneering rap group from Malawi known as “Real Elements” with three other members. They were all based in England from 2002 up to 2004. David featured on two songs on the “Tricka technology” album by A-Skillz and Krafty Kutz, two producers and famous deejays from England. They went on tour to promote this album in 21 different cities around Europe.
After developing his own genre of music, ‘Nyambo’, David has since released the following albums; ‘Spirit Filled Spit Kickaz Volume 1’ (2007), ‘Spirit Filled Spit Kickaz Volume 2’ (2009) and ‘The Lost Tapes’ (2012). He is currently working on his next albums, one of which is ‘Exodus the Preview’, which is set to be released towards the end of 2012.
Faith and Christian Walk
David grew up in a church going home; his mother encouraged him and his sisters to attend church every Sunday. This was ritual, empty of the true revelation of God. David pursued a career in music from a very young age believing that fame and fortune would give his life purpose and fulfillment. A deep longing to be loved and cherished unconditionally intensified the void in his heart as he attempted to fill it with different things. In 2004 between the months of September and December David had life changing experiences that led him to believe in Jesus Christ and fully devote his life to Christianity.
David is now serving as an intern at his home church Kairos Christian Center in Lilongwe, Malawi.