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,…

Rihanna releases documentary on Malawi

Pop star Rihanna has released a short documentary of her visit to Malawi in January this year. The aim of the tour was to fund raise for education in developing nations including Malawi. In the documentary, Rihanna is seen teaching maths and interacting with students in Malawi. The singer was in the country as part…

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…

Namadingo postpones big walk

  Gospel musician Patience Namadingo has postponed his much-awaited big walk to one of  the country’s referral hospitals,   Queen Elizabeth Central, in Blantyre to pave the way for President Peter Mutharika who on the same day will be opening the 2017 Malawi International Trade Fair at Chichiri Trade Fair Grounds.  Namadingo said in an interview…

Reclaiming performing arts lost glory

Over two decades ago, Malawi had active travelling theatre groups. And of late, Malawi has witnessed the resurrection of live theatre performances. One theatre group that is fast making a name is Mzuzu University Theatre Arts Group (Mutag). It has so far travelled nationwide performing and establishing itself as a live theatre performing act. Our…

Environment brings Sonye, Faith Mussa together

Unity  and shared purpose are buzzwords that often bring down the wall separating gospel and secular music.    Now secular artist Sonye and gospel star Faith Mussa, have come together to deliver Ndapeza Mbambande, a single aimed at encouraging environment-friendly products and practices. The environmental initiative project is being spearheaded by Malawi Government in conjunction…