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…

Grace Sharra’s magical poetry shines

Exciting, cryptic and intimate are some of the words experienced writers have used to describe Grace Sharra’s winning poem My Letter To You which came second in a continental poetry contest. The Babishai Poetry competition drew writers from across  Africa. The poem outclassed about 2 000 entries and has earned her space in the Babishai…

Madonna’s special birthday celebrations

American pop star Madonna says she will celebrate her 60th birthday with a fundraising activity whose proceeds will go towards supporting orphans and children in Malawi. The artist told The Associated Press that the proceeds will benefit her charity, Raising Malawi Foundation. “I have teamed up with Facebook for the fundraiser which runs from August…

Faith Mussa’s second coming

Gospel artist Faith Mussa is scheduled to launch his album Mdidi tomorrow at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe. While Mussa was in rehearsal, our Arts Editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with his manager Sam Chibaka to talk more about the launch and Faith’s music career. Q : Faith Mussa is launching his album…

BNS Youth Centre in arts promotion drive

Bingu National Stadium (BNS) Youth Centre under the Ministry of Labour, Sports, Youth and Manpower Development will on August 11 host the international Youth Day to promoting art and talent among young students. The day falls on August 12. Temwanani Luhanga, coordinator of the BNS Youth Centre and chairperson of the event, said the event…

Jazz is a beautiful genre of music

Jazz artist Erik Paliani has been around for decades. He started his career as a young man before joining the Acacias Band. Then he trekked to South Africa where his career blossomed. He went on to release his album Chitukutuku which earned him the much-admired South Africa Music Awards (Sama) nomination. This cemented his name…

Ladies and gentlemen, Malawi is one beautiful country with a rich history. Time and time again we hear a lot of interesting events that took place long time ago before many of us were born. These events made history; they shaped the future of our country. Through books and oral narrative we hear of interesting…

Madonna proud of Mercy James Centre

  American pop star Madonna says she is proud of the services offered at the Mercy James Centre for Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre which she funded through her charity. The pop star showered her praises yesterday after touring the facility named after one of her adopted…

Nic Thindwa releases new video

Hip hop artist Nic Thindwa says he is aiming at making an impression on the international scene following the release of his new Boom Boom. The song, which features Jerome, real name Bizwayo Jere, was produced by Tricky Beats. Thindwa, who is based in the UK, says he is aiming at consistence. “I want people…

Fun, dance at Tay Grin free show

  It was an afternoon of fun, music and dance at Kamuzu Stadium upper ground when hip hop artist Tay Grin held his much-publicised ‘free show’. Billed as a ‘thank you’ show for his fans for voting for him during the recently held Nyasa Music Awards, Tay Grin real name Limbani Kalilani started the show…

Sweet surprise from Eric Paliani

  Blantyre jazz lovers were in for a pleasant surprise on Friday when Eric Paliani gave a free surprise performance at Mibawa Arts Cafe. Supported by JJ Munthali on bass guitar and Lightone Chisuse on drums, Paliani gave an impressive performance to the sizeable crowd that had gone to Mibawa to chill. Strumming his lead…