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.…

Miss Malawi dates MPs

  History will be made today when the reigning beauty queen, Cecilia Khofi, addresses parliamentarians on the effects of overpopulation. Miss Malawi, who was crowned two months ago under the banner of fighting overpopulation, will meet the legislators through the Malawi Parliament Population and Development Dialogue (MPPDD). Miss Malawi spokesperson 2017, Tereza Ndanga, told The…

Babatoni lives on

It is lunchtime at Sunbird Livingstonia, a beachside lodge in Salima which offers postcard views of the palm-fringed Lake Malawi. Forget the high-class hotels where luncheons are marked by classical jazz, country and other slow Western songs amid a clash of table knives, forks, spoons and other pieces of cutlery digging into lip-smacking meals. Fridays…

Malawi music industry promising

Malawi music industry continues going through changes as days go by. From trying to find new ways of marketing music to breaking the international market, Malawian artists have tried it all. But there is no much progress. Our entertainment editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with TONDERAI JAI BANDA, music promoter and artists manager and discussed…

Sangie comes of age

  She came onto the music scene and captured the hearts of many with her voice and thoughtful messages about love and women empowerment. But after three years of releasing singles, the reggae and dancehall musician, Sangie, real name Angel Mbekeani, has come of age and has cut a 10-track album titled Painless. Sangie said…

Tay Grin begins tour of Europe, USA and SA

Rapper Tay Grin, real name Limbani Kalilani, left the country yesterday for an international tour. Tay Grin was the opening act for South Africa’s Mafikizolo at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe where his performance was remarkable. The event was attended by a cross-section of people, including the Vice President’s wife Mary Chilima, diplomats,…

Photography is art

The coming of smart phones was thought to be the end of professional photography since anyone can take shots without having to hire a professional photographer. But on the contrary, Malawi has witnessed improvements in professional photography. The future of photography looks promising. Our Entertainment Editor Edith Gondwe had this exclusive interview with the Photographers…

Jamaican delights

Memories of Culture’s founding leader Joseph Hill loomed large throughout the band’s show in Blantyre on Friday, but his son Kenyatta had a surprise for his fallen father’s nostalgic fans. The Jamaican artist, who performed from 12.13am to 2.38am on the chilly night at Mibawa Multipurpose Hall, unleashed his tightly kept secret when he suddenly…

Culture vibes

Greetings Malawi! This is Kenyatta Hill from the group Culture. Guess what, on the 2nd and the 3rd June I will be there with the full group. And guess what, it’s gonna be an enchanting evening of reggae music…” These are words of Kenyatta Hill, raggae ace, the son of the legendary Jamaican Joseph Hill…

Defending the rights of musicians

The music industry has not been thriving of late. From issues of lack of proper market, to matters of plagiarism the picture is not rosy. Our Entertainment Editor Edith Gondwe had this exclusive interview with the Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) president REverend Chimwemwe Mhango to discuss these issues and others affecting the music industry…

Hip Hop star inspires Magu students

  Hip hop artist Phyzix, real name Noel Chikoleka, has appealed to young people currently attaining tertiary education to find creative means of making money instead of just hoping to get employed once they are done with their education. Chikoleka was speaking to Malawi Assemblies of God University (Magu) students during a dinner that the…