Malawian reggae musician Sally Nyundo was born Bernard Nyundo in 1976. After teaching himself to play the guitar as a teenager, Sally started out in music in1994 with the Imagez Band in the sprawling Blantyre township of Ndirande.
Sally Nyundo’s music career accelerated in 2000 when he joined the House of Lions which won the first Malawi Music Award “Malawi Gin Music Trophy.” Later in the same year he recorded his first album Nyimbo from which the song, Rasi Amadya Nzimbe (Rastas Eat Sugar Cane) became a national reggae anthem. Rasi Amadya Nzimbe celebrated Rastafarian culture and uplifted the image of the previously banned community.
In 2001 Sally then joined pioneering performer Ben Michael and the Zig Zaggers which led to numerous tours as a supporting artist. Since he left to focus on his solo career, Sally has recorded great reggae songs like Namwali, Chipako Kukuchedwa Kucha, Heaven Wants To See, Oipayo, Chant Nayabingi to mention a few. A powerful vocalist, poignant song writer and acclaimed musical arranger, Sally is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, drums and keyboard.
A successful designer of own successful line of t-shirts and hats (100% Niceness), Sally is also a graphic artist. He has starred in theatre, films, television and of course his music videos which are often styled as short films. As Malawi’s predominant reggae artist, his timeless vibrations of afro-reggae have led to his recognition as one of the country’s great reggae icon.
Bimbi Overstanding 2003
Nyasa Reggae Revolution 2005
Usadandaule Malawi 2008
Tingoti Phee 2011
Musically appealing to diverse audiences, Sally is a regular performer and festival favourite in Malawi. He has performed with countless Malawian musicians including greats such as Matafale, Black Missionaries, Lucius Banda, Tay Grin, Skeffa Chimoto and Mafunyeta. International performances have included Israel Vibrations, Kanda Bongo Man, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Baobab and Salif Keita. Sally has performed live shows and at festivals in Reunion Island, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya.