Predictably the production of the Malawian inspired Hollywood film, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind has generated so much interest both within the Malawi borders and even beyond. For the countries far and beyond, they have understandably been wound up by the intriguing story of a Malawian innovator, engineer and author William Kamkwamba being told…

Joyah’s lessons from Berlin

Local film creative Charles Shemu Joyah has lauded the lessons he has learnt from the 10-day Berlin International Film Festival he has attended in Germany. The filmmaker says apart from his interaction with some of the revered names in the movie world, his participation in the festival has opened eyes on how to source funding…

Kwathu actor Evance Mbewe sounds SOS

Kwathu Drama Group actor Evance Mbewe, also known as Che Jali in the theatre circles, has appealed for support to help deal with his diabetic condition. The health condition, which has been compounded by high blood pressure, has affected his sight as he suffered a partial stroke and he now uses walking aids. Mbewe has…

Faith Mussa relishes Sauti dream

Award-winning musician Faith Mussa has been busy crisscrossing the globe, especially in Africa and Europe, over the last few months. The artist has arguably made more trips and appearances in Europe more than he has in his motherland. At the apex of creating music memories, Mussa was among African stars that performed at the just-ended…

DStv launches Bachelor SA

Multichoice Malawi on Thursday evening brought M-Net’s new reality dating show The Bachelor SA closer to their customers with a screening session in Blantyre. This is the first time the show, which originated from the United States of America (USA), will take place in Africa and it will be shown on DStv’s M-Net Channel 102…

Painting towns and cities red

The atmosphere in the country’s cities and towns was relaxed yesterday, like any other day. However, something was unusual. Red and white colours were dominant in most places. An instant reminder that it was February 14, Valentine’s Day. A day which love is celebrated across the world. On the day, couples and loved ones revive…

Macelba close to ripening

When hip-hop artist Macelba, real name Smart Mazaka Banda, attempted writing and recording a song around 2013, it was nothing but a pastime. Growing up as a teen and listening to hip-hop from some American rap greats such as Eminem and Jay Z, it was impossible to resist the influence the music had on his…

Musician Mesho jailed alongside producer

First grade magistrate Asunta Muwalo has today given custodial sentences to musician Andison Alfred Chipwaila also known as Mesho and music producer Stephano Emmanuel for their respective roles in the making of the now banned song Mizikiti Ichoke. Chipwaila, who is the composer of the song, has been handed a two-year sentence for intimidation which is…

Magic Promotion’s music dream

Locally owned entertainment company Magic Promotions has announced plans of to establish a record label as it continue in its quest to promote artists in the country. The company intends to add to its stable which already has four artists under its fold and give an opportunity to budding artists who have the potential but…

For the first time in the history of the Malawi film industry, the country made an entry submission at America’s most prestigious movie awards, the Oscars. Local filmmaker Charles Shemu Joyah, with the help a steering committee comprising players in the industry, set on a path to have Malawi’s representation at the Oscars. The journey…

Manganya’s nomination excites theatre industry

National Theatre Association of Malawi (Ntam) has expressed happiness over Michael Usi’s nomination as running mate to UTM Party presidential candidate Saulos Chilima in the May 21 Tripartite Elections. Reacting to the news, Ntam president Eric Mabedi said Usi’s appointment is good news to the theatre industry which he said has capable people who can…

Nasfest expansion to open more opportunities

The decision to turn the National Arts Youth Festival (Nasfest) into an international event is an opportunity for budding artists to learn new skills from their counterparts within the region, organisers have said. Nasfest executive director James Kitchen said within the arrangement of the relationship they have made with sister festivals from the southern African…

Sometime last year I got a WhatsApp message from one of the country’s finest acoustic musicians, Agorosso real name Lloyd Phaundi. He was informing me of the joint project he had embarked on. ‘Ankolo, I am recording a live album with Mtukudzi’. He seemed to be in a bubbly mood. The tone of his messages…

Joyah’s Oscar disappointment

The failure by Shemu Joyah’s movie The Road To Sunrise to earn an Oscar nomination has once again raised questions about the country’s movie making credentials. The snub follows Joyah’s maiden attempt with his movie which has ironically scooped the Best Movie in Southern Africa at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (Amvac). A committee…

Talents swallowed by careers

There are some talents that for a moment take the entertainment industry by storm but quietly disappear from the limelight. Before audiences would get enough of their talents, before some hit the pinnacle of their careers, whether as groups or individual artists, circumstances force them to bring forward the curtain call on their promising careers.…

Sleep, Tuku, sleep

When news started filtering in on Wednesday that  one of Africa’s celebrated  music greats Oliver Mtukudzi had died, there was an apparent disbelief at least judging from the social media reactions. Perhaps because Tuku, as the artist is popularly known, had been ‘killed’ so many times before by social media trolls. There was disbelief mainly…

Mabedi’s ‘second life’

As the Ethiopian airline touched down at Chileka Airport last Thursday at exactly 14:34, there was one passenger who was more than eager to get home. This was a homecoming for seasoned actor Eric Mabedi after successfully undergoing a kidney transplant surgery at BLK Hospital in India. He alighted from the plane sporting a navy…

Piksy in awards celebration show

Local urban musician Piksy will start his 2019 engagements with a show tomorrow at Lilongwe’s new entertainment joint Rock City. The show has been dubbed ‘Awards Celebration Concert’ and it follows Piksy’s success at the recent UMP Music Awards where he won a double, going home with the Artist of the Year and Song of…