Do Ma Blacks glorify chamba?

Music is a powerful tool for social change. It is even more powerful when done by respected and celebrated musicians. In Malawi, the Black Missionaries Band is, arguably, the most famous band as it attracts huge patronage to its shows. But the band’s repeated reference to chamba smoking during their shows has made some patrons…

2017: Year film industry blossomed

The year 2017, saw two remarkable movies released in Malawi. Both movies were purely done and produced locally. The movies also featured lots of Malawian talent. They are the Road to Sun Rise by Shemu Joyah and The Town Monger by Kufewa Acrobatics. While Shemu Joyah’s movie touched on feminism, poverty and society expectations towards…

Urban artists celebrate Christmas with orphans

  In the spirit of sharing, a group of artists from Chilobwe Township in Blantyre on Monday, which was Christmas Day, donated various food items to an orphanage in the township called Genesis Manja Othandiza (Gemo). Leader of the group of artists, hip hop Christian rapper Suffix said he initiated the move after realising that…

Jah Prayzah lives up to billing

What started as a flop due to heavy rains and delays in performances of local acts finished on a high note after a scintillating and captivating performance from visiting Zimbabwean artist Jah Prayzah. The show, which was billed to start at noon, only started at around 5 due to heavy rains which soaked the open…

The Malawi sun that shined in France

  Malawian artist Muhanya Pachanya who was invited to Toulouse in France by Association Bongo and Round Flat Records, says he has soared in his performance that he is now scheduled to tour Europe with his Afro-Street music. Association Bongo and Round Flat Records invites artists to France every year to interact and collaborated with…

Back to natural hair

They say your hair is your crown. Your hairstyle speaks a lot about you. African women have for ages made efforts to make their hair look like that of Caucasian women. At times they have resorted to wearing fake hair commonly known as weaves. Brazilian or Peruvian human hair tops the list of such extensions.…

Black Missionaries set to record Kuyimba 11

  Malawi’s reggae music band, the Black Missionaries, says it will start recording its Kuyimba 11 album late January next year. This follows several postponements to record the album in the year 2017. Band leader Anjilu Fumulani said all is set to enter the studio in 2018 and record Kuyimba 11. “We are continuing with…

World Miss University tomorrow

The 2017 Miss Malawi first princess Nthanda Manduwi captivated Malawians with her smile and confidence during this year’s Miss Malawi finals. She, however, missed the crown by a whisker and settled for the second best. But tomorrow might reverse her fortunes as Nthanda will be back on the runway, this time around battling it out…

Sangie sings against gender-based violence

Songstress Sangie, real name Angel Mbekeani, continues to make a name as a champion of women and girls rights with the release of her single titled Say No More to Violence. In an interview, Sangie said she wrote the song to reach out to Malawians on the evils of gender-based violence. “I want to empower…

Tay Grin releases Christmas songs for fans

Hip hop artist Tay Grin has released a Christmas Extended Playlist (EP)which consists of club bangers to keep people dancing this festive season. Tay Grin, real name Limbani Kalilani, told The Nation that he is releasing the EP today to keep Malawians entertained during the festive season. “There are a lot of gospel artists who…

Full band for Jah Prayzah 

  Jah Prayzah, Zimbabwe’s artist of the moment, is set to perform in Lilongwe and Blantyre on December 23 and Christmas Eve with a live band, organisers have said. The organisers of the show say the artist, popularly known as Musoja in Zimbabwe, will come with 11 members of his band as well as dancing…

Authors speak out

It never rains but pours for Malawi Writers Union (Mawu) president Mike Sambalikagwa Mvona, whose anthology was kicked out of the secondary school curriculum last week. Barely days after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology withdrew Kusintha Maganizo ndi Nkhani Zina because it contains a short story deemed anti-Catholic, some of the writers anthologised…

6 make it to Miss Malawi finals

It was an evening of glamour, fun and beauty as nine girls from the Southern Region battled it out for a spot in the national finals of the Miss Malawi beauty contest. The nine girls paraded before a panel of three judges Lucy Kwengwere Nkhonjera, Tionge Chipezaani and Tarang Makhecha. They paraded in traditional, bikini,…

Preserving culture the modern way

Traditional songs and dances are an integral part of culture, history and inheritance among people worldwide.  It is, therefore, disheartening to note that many of the traditional songs and dances in the country are slowly being forgotten. That loss is widely attributed to the coming of foreign influences, as well as lack of proper ways…

Using hip hop to initiate change

As hip hop music genre continues to make headway in the country, it is also becoming a regular fixture in the gospel circles. One young hip hop artist TNO has released a gospel album called Umunthu. The album addresses social issues affecting Malawi on top of spreading the gospel. Our Entertainment Editor EDITH GONDWE caught…