For guitar’s sake

Jazz export Eric Paliani will tomorrow give a pep talk to upcoming guitarists in Lilongwe on how to play the instrument that has made him a go-to artist in South Africa. He will give inspirational titbits during The Guitar Talk at 1Five Entertainment in Area 15. Paliani will also perform live to spice the event…

Selling Malawian music abroad

One of Malawi’s best music exports Street Rat, real name David Luhanga has just established a band in Scotland where he now stays. With his new band, he plans to tour Europe and make a name for himself while selling Malawi music in general. In this interview, which starts with his background in music, our…

Artist managers: to have or not to have

When gospel artist Patience Namadingo came onto the music scene a few years ago, Malawians could not help but appreciate his vocal talent. His silky voice and captivating lyrics got everyone’s attention. But inside, the young man was suffering. He was juggling too many roles. He was writing his songs, arranging for studio time, imaging…

Tay Grin’s party attracts hundreds

  Fans and music lovers packed From Dusk To Dawn Club in Blantyre on Friday night to celebrate hip-hop star Tay Grin’s Afrima nomination. The party, organised to celebrate the nomination of Tay Grin in the best male artist in Southern Africa category for his song Tola, proved the popularity of the Nyau King as…

Zembani band: 20 years on

When Lucius Banda decided to address socio-political issues, he was still a member of the mainly gospel group, Alleluya Band. This posed a challenge as he risked dragging the gospel band into politics. It was at this point that he decided to part ways with the Balaka-based Alleluya Band and form his own band. The…

2017 BAF: Strictly local acts

One of the country’s biggest arts festivals, the Blantyre Arts Festival (BAF) comes back to life in October. The festival celebrates arts on forms of music, drama, visual arts, among others. As the days of the festival draw near, our Entertainment and Arts Editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with the festival’s executive director Thom Chibambo…

Photography day passes silently in Malawi

  This year’s World Photography Day has gone without any official event to mark the day locally. The day is commemorated  on August 19 to celebrate the positive impact that photography brings to communities by bringing millions of photographers together. In Malawi, the Photographers Association of Malawi (Photama) has been celebrating the day through meetings…

I want to conquer Malawi first—Namadingo

  Celebrated gospel artist Patience Namadingo says before he goes on the international market, he intends to dominate the local scene first. Namadingo told The Nation in an interview that it is his dream to go international and leave a mark, but that he believes that his music should be everywhere in Malawi first. “I…

CO releases single

  Musician CO, real name Code Sangala, has released a single called Mukunama in which he is challenging the negative perception many people have towards artists. CO told Nation Online that the single, to be launched on Friday at Grittas Camp in Lilongwe, will be part of his upcoming album Mizu. “I feel that artists…

Suffix prays for love, unity in new song

  In his unique way, rapper Suffix, in his new song Koka, has appealed for tolerance and unity among Christians of different denominations. Suffix, a hip hop artist, says he was motivated to write the song after noticing that there is a problem of assuming the worst in people when they do something that we…

Malawian artists shine on Trace music channel

  MultiChoice Malawi has challenged local musicians to use music channels on the digital satellite television (DStv) to gain international exposure. MultiChoice Malawi Marketing manager Chimwemwe Nyirenda made the remarks in reaction to a special programme that a DSTv music channel Trace Africa beamed on July 7 where it featured music videos by Malawian artists…

No album from me—Paul Banda

Seasoned musician ‘Sir’ Paul Banda says he has no plans of recording an album any time soon because of what he says is the non-existence of a music market in the country. The artist has also indicated that be that as it is, he is raising money for musical equipment to establish his own band.…