Forus: The dance magicians

  When refugees from Africa’s conflicted Great Lakes region seek peace in Malawi’s Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa, they often find that they cannot leave, an intro of UK’s The Guardian’s, Graters and guitars: making a living in Malawi’s refugee prison reads. This opening statement rings true for many as Dzaleka has become a “permanent”…

Sharing ICT skills in prison

On April 5 2016, Mwanza Magistrate’s Court sentenced Destiny Phiri, 24, to six years’ imprisonment for burglary and theft. “I bought a DVD player, a decoder, a TV set and speakers which I later learnt were stolen. When the case went to court, the seller implicated me, He claimed that I was part of the…

Mbusa leads Ma Blacks’ Kuimba 11 album

Chileka-based reggae band Black Missionaries has given their fans a feel of their upcoming production, Kuimba 11, by releasing four singles from their yet to be released album. The songs Mbusa, Zofuna Mtima Wanga, Umboni and Special Lover will be released for airplay today April 20. M’busa, which has Anjiru Fumulani on the lead vocals, …

Music meets basketball at BYC

Local urban music will come up against basketball on Saturday April 21 at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) when the all-ladies basketball team, Kukoma Eagles officially launch their team. Music looks set to transcend beyond the actual theme of the day, as the event has hooked local urban music prominent faces in the likes of Phyzix,…

Namadingo earns a return to ZAMFEST

  Acoustic gospel singer Patience Namadingo has earned himself a return to perform at the ZAMFEST 2018 edition having performed at a similar event last year. Namadingo will star alongside globally established acts like South Africa’s Mafikizolo for the event which is slated for April 28th in Lusaka. The Sinjenjemera hit maker could not hide…

Zathu in new talent search

Zathu Band, which is an extension of the Zathu Pa Wailesi youth-centred radio drama series, is on a recruitment drive as it searches for new talent to beef up its cast. Zathu Pa Wailesi, said in a statement the exciting radio show is growing and that this is a chance for young talented youths to…

Anne Matumbi joins politics

  Like many other artists before him, musician Anne Matumbi, real name Chiyanjano Muheziwa, is trading the musical stage for the political arena. Matumbi has come out in the open to confirm that he intends to contest as member of Parliament (MP) for Lilongwe City South West Constituency on the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ticket.…

Blantyre warms up  to Lawi, Namadingo

  A slight hitch that delayed the start of Lawi and Patience Namadingo joint performance at Comesa Hall did not seem to bother patrons inside the mega hall on Monday night. This was a chance for Blantyre residents to sample the magic of the two guitar wizards who came together under ‘Lawi Meets Namadingo Easter…

Women going against waves

  In Karonga, two women have used savings to work their way into the fishing industry long dominated by men. Nellie Nyirenda  and Eselina Nyasinga, from Walamba Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kyungu, have defied the age-old belief that women cannot be fishers. The fishing entrepreneurs are breadwinners of their families as each of them…

The magic of brand ambassadors

Lately the music industry has witnessed a new and growing trend that has seen music artists being engaged by the corporate world or even international organisations as their brand ambassadors. In 2012, mobile phone operator Airtel Malawi announced urban music artist Piksy, real name Evance Zangazanga, as their brand ambassador. Piksy was involved in producing…

Sarafina actor to host Nyasa Awards

Organisers of the Nyasa Music Awards (NMA) have announced South African actor, radio personality and socialite Somizi Mhlongo as the official host for the 2018 awards ceremony. Somizi will share the stage with former TV personality and events host Judith Msonthi for the awards ceremony which are slated for May 4 this year. Director for…

Hazel Mak shares her dream with the world

  Malawian afro-house artist Hazel Mak says she wants to see Malawian girls break barriers and confront gender issues through her Malawian Girls Rock (MGR) campaign. She said Malawian female musicians continue to face a myriad of challenges in the industry bordering on gender issues. The Jaiva hitmaker made the remarks during an interview on…

Comsip boosts honey output in LL, Nkhata Bay

  Community Savings and Investment Promotion (Comsip) has given a boost to two cooperatives with honey production equipment valued at K13.5 million to enhance value addition. The two cooperatives are Chikondi Comsip Cooperative from group village head Samale, Traditional Authority Masumbankhunda in Lilongwe and Chombe Comsip Cooperative from Nkhata Bay. They are both involved in…

‘Nyasaland’ goes to lilongwe

First it was Lilongwe, the international award-winning movie. Now it is Nyasaland. Filmmaker and actress Joyce Mhango-Chavula is ready with her latest movie Nyasaland and will be according Malawians a chance to sample it. Mhango-Chavula said Lilongwe residents will be the first to sample her new movie when it premieres tomorrow March 24 at Madsoc…

  Local reggae outfit Black Missionaries say preparations for the upcoming album Kuyimba 11 pre-launch show are on course. The Chileka-based band has returned to the studio for the first time in three years since they dropped Kuyimba 10 in 2015, and their fans across the country will be anticipating the upcoming album. The band’s…