Videographer initiates Reggae Video Project

  A Ndirande-based videographer has initiated a filming project that will culminate into a 12-track DVD reggae album comprising some of the country’s reggae bands and artists. The video producer William Chidoola, who is a renowned videographer, said in an interview he has already filmed half of the artists to feature on the video album.…

Using art to promote governance

While a majority of artists in the country who have produced political songs have chosen to side with a particular political party, hip-hop artist Phyzix, real name Noel Chikoleka has chosen a different route. He has produced a political song pointing out the challenges Malawians face while encouraging the masses to take advantage of the…

Mussa impresses in first performance

Artist Faith Mussa, who is fast becoming one of Malawi’s best musicians, Tuesday night impressed during his first appearance of his Scandinavian tour at the International Anti-Corruption Conference (Iacc). He performed his new track Don’t Run Away which attracted the support of former World Bank vice-president Peter Eigen, who is also the founder and chairperson…

I want to reconnect with Malawians

Malawian hip-hop artist Aemo is not a common name locally. This is because he has largely been based in South Africa. Recently, he made headlines after he became the latest artist to be signed under the world renowned Universal Music Group which manages artists from around the world. Our Arts Editor EDITH GONDWE caught up…

The Road to Sunrise up for Oscars

  Shemu Joyah’s latest production The Road to Sunrise has joined the race for the Best Foreign Language golden horn for Oscars 2019. This follows an announcement by Malawi Oscars Selection Committee that the award-winning film is among the 87 foreign language films that will compete for the Oscars at the 91st Academy Awards scheduled…

A new Chewa cultural group has emerged on the scene. It is called Bwalo la Achewa. The new group which had its first convention in Dowa last Friday and Saturday says it intends to concentrate on the local scene. Speaking during the convention, the executive director of the grouping, Reverend Flywell Somanje said the new group…

I will always be a musician first

Hip-hop artist Tay Grin, real name Limbani Kalirani, has announced his intentions to join mainstream politics and contest for a parliamentary seat in Lilongwe City Centre constituency. Our Arts Editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with him to understand if this means the end of his musical journey and what the future holds for him. Q…

Yaos to hold cultural fest

  Following in the footsteps of other tribal groups, Yao people have announced the launch of their cultural group called Chiwanja Cha a Yao. The group, to be officially launched on October 29, will be holding annual cultural festivals aimed at uniting the Yao people and promoting cohesion. “We are one of the largest groups,…

Hazel Mak savours Afrima nomination

  R’n’B artist Hazel Mak says she is delighted with her first All Africa Music Awards (Afrima) nomination in the category of Best African Act in Diaspora. Hazel, who stays in the United Kingdom, has been nominated for her song Jaiva which features Roberto and Tay Grin. In an interview, Hazel said it is always…

Jazz gets a young, experimental facelift

  Six young musicians from five countries will assemble in Lilongwe from  September 23 to September 30, for xJazz, a jazz music residency programme. The Bristish Council said in a statement the week-long music and creative project will bring together female artists from southern Africa and the UK working in the contemporary jazz scene. “The…

Malawi needs art, design schools

  Christopher Ngalu is a 29-year-old graphic design student who recently reached the semi-finals of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. The awards aim at celebrating creations that graphic designers make as they advance the designing industry. Our arts editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with Ngalu to talk more about the awards and his journey this…

2018 Malawi Film Festival on

  The Malawi Film Festival 2018 is now on. The festival has started screenings in Songani, Zomba and Kachere Township in Blantyre. Caleb Muchungu, one of the organisers of the festival, the event is being supported by Movies That Matter, an organisation based in Holland. “In Malawi, the festival is being implemented by Positivo, a…

Hazel Mak releases single

Artist Hazel Mak has dropped an Afro-house single titled Kumutu, a typical party song from her yet-to-be-named album. The artist, who is based in the UK, said the song was produced by Mr Kamera, real name Tatenda Kamera, a South Africa-based Zimbabwean producer. “The song was inspired by a night out with friends. I wanted…

Rihanna to give Malawi girls scholarships

  Pop star Rihanna, through her organisation Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), has announced that she will donate proceeds from her recently launched make-up products towards scholarships for women and children in need. According to starlocalmedia.com, the pop star, 30, will partner with Global Partnership for Education and the Campaign for Female Education  to provide scholarships…

When jazz reigned supreme!

  It was a normal Friday which offers an opportunity to all those who have been working hard throughout the week to unwind and relax. On this particular day, HS WineHouse was the place to be as a jazz performance was on the menu. Just by the number of vehicles parked outside the venue, one…

    Good people, last week our cover story discussed an issue that has been a bone of contention for quite some time in the arts world- that of performance fees for artists in the country. While some artists are deemed ‘affordable’, others are billed as ‘too expensive’. But then one has to sit back…

Introducing ‘Battle of Praise’

  Artist Steve ‘Wazisomo’ Muliya has been in the gospel circles for five years now. He is known not only as a gospel artist but also as a TV and radio presenter for gospel music programmes. He has announced a new initiative to the hosting annual events called Live Praise Battle where artists will be…