Nyaradzai Chitheka music kicks off

  All is set for Chitheka Family gospel group vocalist Nyaradzai Chitheka-Dube to launch her solo project with 40 aspirants expected to be auditioned for her music ministry, Nyasa Praise Music. The auditions are set to be held on Saturday at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe before a panel of judges comprising renowned musicians from 1pm.…

Lawi finds love on stage

After delivering a classic performance at Comesa hall in Blantyre on Easter Monday Musician Lawi, real name Francis Phiri, spiced up the occasion by engaging long-time partner Chantelle Phiri. In the midst of his performance the Amaona kuchedwa star briefly stopped singing to give out what many patrons initially thought was a normal stage talk.…

Rubadiri’s  poetry genius

  A story is told of Professor David Rubadiri’s first lectures at Makerere University in Uganda where he had a class of 200 students. He felt overwhelmed by the huge numbers only to realise during examinations time that 170 students only attended his lectures to admire his poetry prowess. Such is his legacy that Pen Malawi…

Children impress during arts exhibition

  Children from different backgrounds on Monday night impressed with their arts exhibition held at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre. Informed by their experiences in life, the young people aged between 10 and 18 displayed their products which ranged from animal to human impressions. St Andrews International High Schools organised the exhibition although students…

Children impress during arts exhibition

  Children from various backgrounds on Monday night impressed with their arts exhibition which was held at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre. Informed by their experiences in life, the young people ranging from the ages of 10 to 18 displayed their products which ranged from animal impressions to humans. The exhibition was organized by…

This week, parents of the hardworking and chosen few students were celebrating the selection of their children and wards to various public universities and their constituent colleges. I know a lot of students, who despite deserving to get picked, did not because of lack of space. This period, my fellow parents, is a trying one…

Support female poets—Pen Malawi

  Malawi today joins the rest of the world in commemorating World Poetry Day (WPD)amid calls to support female poets. Pen Malawi president Alfred Msadala said poetry development in the country is slow, especially among women despite many of them being talented and skilled. “Women are talented. When one listens to what comes out of…

Pen Malawi honours Professor David Rubadiri

Pen Malawi, through its female poets, has honoured Professor David Rudabiri with an excellence award for his contribution towards the promotion of poetry in Africa. The ceremony to honour the retired literature professor took place at Protea Ryalls in Blantyre on Sunday night. Speaking during the ceremony, Pen Malawi president Alfred Msadala said the award…

Art strokes of a clinician

He was trained as a clinical officer. At least, Kas Mdoka’s learned the art of transforming the sick on their sickbeds to attain bubbling and beautiful health. Yet, Mdoka, had an innate calling that was goading him towards a seemingly different route. And this is the road he took. He repudiated stethoscopes and syringes to…

Easter bash for Mangochi

  Gospel artists have teamed up to deliver a special Easter bash to Mangochi residents this year. Soundmax Technologies, which is a network of gospel artists, has organised the show. Marketing executive for the network, Shupo Sibande, said they will host the show in the lakeshore district as part of their drive to encourage residents…

Sangie, Robert Chiwamba win award

Artists Sangie, real name Angel Mbekeani, and Robert Chiwamba have received international recognition for their song Ngwazi Zazikazi (Champion). The award, which has been awarded by United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), is for the communication category as the best music video against gender stereotypes. According to information on en.unesco.org, Ngwazi Zazikazi music…

Remembering Du Chisiza

  I met my father when I was 14. I stayed with him for 15 months only before his passing. But as he always said back then; The journey continues,” said Thlupego Chisiza. This was at HS Winehouse in Namiwawa, last Friday evening when Thlupego and his Lions Theatre staged What Lies Ahead, which he…

Artists not supported in Malawi—Bon Kalindo

  Actor and politician Bon Kalindo says Malawi has talent but its artists are not supported. Speaking after watching a play by Thlupego Chisiza titled What Lies Ahead?, Kalindo said Malawians need to change their mindset when it comes to local talent. “If it was an American actor staging the play tonight, this place would…

In Africa we have a saying that goes: “It takes the whole village to raise a child.” As Africans we follow this saying to the letter. Rarely, we find couples who have raised all their children by themselves. Out of the total number of the family off springs, some are raised by relatives. This is…

Local talent from the west

Mbene Mwambene is not a strange name in the arts world in Malawi. He has been gracing the theatre stage for over 10 years.He was a lead actor in Nanzikambe Arts Theatre before he took a bow from the local scene to pursue further education in Switzerland. But his love for local theatre has not…

Miss Malawi celebrates birthday with refugees

Miss Malawi Cecilia Khofi on Saturday celebrated her birthday with lunch and dances with refugees from Dzaleka camp in Dowa. The beauty queen’s birthday falls on the March 6th but she started the celebrations early this year. “I decided to spend the day with children who are here at Dzaleka camp as you know life…

Saving malawi cultures collectively

Malawi is blessed with numerous tribal groupings. These make the country a cultural melting pot. Lately different tribes have established cultural groupings to  preserve their beliefs and practices. Although Malawi has these diverse cultures, the country  remains one nation with one people. Informed by such a position, a new national cultural grouping –The Malawi Cultural…