UMP awards tomorrow

All roads lead to Lilongwe tomorrow for this year’s Urban Music Party (UMP) awards which are set to take place in the evening at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc). “We are happy with the overwhelming response we have received during the voting process. The response signifies how the UMP Awards have grown, and how people…

No Afrima awards for Malawian artists

Both Tay Grin and Dawson, the two Malawian artists  nominated for the All African Music Awards (Afrima), have lost out in the respective categories they were nominated. Tay Grin was nominated for the award of best male artiste in Southern Africa while Dawson was nominated for best song writer of the year. Tay Grin lost…

All Africa Music Awards on Gotv, DStv

Multichoice is broadcasting the All Africa Music Awards (Afrima) from Friday up to tonight November 12. The Awards are being screened on DStv channel 198 to Premium, Compact, Compact +, Family and Access customers; and also on GOtv Max and GOtv Plus Channel 29 (129 in Ghana). The All African Music Awards (AFRIMA) is one of the biggest music…

Fredokiss and his ghetto gospel

On a sunny afternoon at Ndirande Community Ground, Fredokiss’s fast and furious renditions did not only melt the hearts of the ghetto youths, they also ignited the fire of activism in them. In the scorching heat, he sang, for free, a ghetto gospel to the ‘down-trodden and broken-hearted’ which was received with palpable enthusiasm. In…

Jah Prayzah Malawi-bound

Zimbabwe’s musician of the moment Jah Prayzah otherwise known as Musoja or soldier in Shona is coming to perform both in Lilongwe and Blantyre this December. Loved in Malawi for his hit song Mudhara Vachauya which is popular at weddings, parties and other social gatherings, the artist is coming courtesy of Agulugufe Twelve Thousand Limited.…

In search of beauty, brains

The Miss Malawi beauty contest is back. It was revived in 2016 after a four-year break, following the decision by the country’s two media giants, Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) to take over the running of the contest.  The approach has undergone transformation and now takes a longer route before settling…

Play our music, artists tell DJs

The relationship of radio presenters and musicians in Malawi is symbiotic. One is dependent on the other. However theirs is a love and hate liaison where accusations and commendations wing from either end. They accuse each other of all sorts of wrong doings. But on a good day they heap praises on each other. For…

Patience Namadingo embraces comedy

  Talented gospel artist Patience Namadingo has announced his intention to pursue standup comedy as a career alongside music. In an interview on Tuesday, Namadingo told The Nation, that his fans have been asking him to take up standup comedy as a career because of his recent social media clips that they find funny. He…

Miss Malawi regional finals on

  Organisers of the Miss Malawi beauty contest have announced dates for the regional finals. According to the chairperson of the organising committee, Albert Banda, the first regional finals will be held in the Northern Region on November 25 at Grand Palace Hotel in Mzuzu. He said: “Preparations for the regional finals are at an…

Minibus touts embrace dancehall

  They work from morning to dusk as bus touts at Wenela Bus Depot in Blantyre, helping passengers to board buses taking them to their different destinations. But they also share a common passion —music. This is the story of the six men who have formed a musical group called Manganga Dancehall Band. At face…

Patience Namadingo eyes advertising

Artist Patience Namadingo plans to set up an  advertising agency where he can help others market their products and services. Namadingo, whose Facebook page has over 28 000 followers, has been using his page to advertise and market his products and services as well as those of others. He said that using social media, he…

Dance, fashion and fun at Zokonda Amayi Macheza

  Dance, fun, fashion and laughter characterised this year’s annual Zokonda Amayi celebration on Friday night at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre. Women who patronised the event danced, networked and dined with First Lady Gertrude Mutharika who is also the patron of Zokonda Amayi Macheza group. The taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) initiative is an offspring…

Paliani and his guitar

  From time immemorial, the humankind has heard and witnessed exceptional and agile guitarists making the guitar talk, cry and sing.  In all such display, it is not common that players of instruments would melt into their instrument and become one. And yet, this is the valuable experience that Erik Paliani, Malawi’s Afro Jazz maestro…

Production for William Kamkwamba’s movie starts

  Staff WriterProduction of a movie about Malawi’s William Kamkwamba, a young man who invented electricity using a windmill, has started. According to HollywoodReporter.com, the movie, which is an adaptation of the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, co-authored by Kamkwamba will depict the journey that Kamkwamba travelled as he worked around producing electricity…

Promoting local talent

The Blantyre Arts Festival (BAF) made a comeback after a year’s break. The festival, which celebrates various forms of art, for the first time only concentrated on local talent. However, the festival was marred by a number of irregularities such as poor stage for the music event to poor patronage. Our Entertainment Editor EDITH GONDWE…

All set for Chanco social weekend

  After spending hours in the library and in classes, it is now time for Chancellor College (Chanco) students to relax from the rigours of academic life through a social weekend at the institution’s campus. The event this year has been sponsored by the newly established Zomba—based leisure centre- Vogue Lounge. The social weekend is…