Anjimile Chithambo, (they/them, he/him) better known as ANJIMILE is an American folk musician from Boston, Massachusetts. Anjimile is a Black Malawian self-described queer/trans/boy king. They were raised in Dallas before eventually moving to Boston. They began writing songs when they were a music industry student at Northeastern University, and wrote most of their most recent album Giver Taker while in rehab in Florida in 2016, where they got sober.
Raised in Dallas before relocating to Boston, the Black, non-binary trans singer-songwriter (he/him, they/them) makes peace with a destructive former self once consumed by addiction while also discovering their place within his deep Malawian lineage. Perhaps most importantly, he embraces and introduces the world to his new trans identity — for the very first time, his mind, body, and spirit are aligned. Growing up, they started playing guitar at 11, and sang in choirs starting in the fifth grade and continuing until college. Their early musical influence came through listening to their dad’s Oliver Mtukudzi albums in the car, and early Sufjan Stevens.
For Anjimile, who for nearly 10 years identified as a lesbian, he always sensed there was something more to him that wanted to be revealed. But he never quite had the vocabulary to articulate that. In 2018, they entered NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert contest, and a panel from Boston affiliate WBUR named them the best entrant from Massachusetts. The following year, a Live Arts Boston grant from a pair of local non-profit foundations gave them the budget to make Giver Taker.
The album was awarded one of the best 50 albums of 2020. Anjimile released his first full-length album in 2020 titled Giver Taker on Father/Daughter Records. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, Anjimile is an “artist you need to know” and their song “Baby No More” was a “Song You Need To Know” by the magazine. Anjimile was also Consequence of Sound’s Artist of the Month”. Prior to releasing the full-length album, Anjimile had self-proudced and released numerous albums of their own.