Chibade crawls back

Some musicians are like flowers, they blossom and wilt quickly. But some shine until blown away by wind. Local music star Thomas Chibade once blossomed like Jacaranda trees in the streets of Blantyre with Ulova some 10 years ago only for him to fade quietly. Like a candle he was blown out during a hailstorm…

King Chambiecco, Methix in collaboration

Dancehall artist King Chambiecco has collaborated with rising star Methix, real name Patrick Dewu, in a new project. Their artisticget-together has resulted in the new track titled Dyake whichwent on the airwaves on December 3 and is expected to form part of Methix’sdebut album NgatiMasomphenya.  Produced and recorded by artist Janta of Wangongole fame at…

Blasto decorates volunteers’ event

On Friday, reggae dancehall musician Blasto decorated the Operation Smile volunteers’ dinner with a surprise performance, which impressed fans at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe. The artist, who appeared midway during the dinner event, dished out two songs—Children Of  Today and Good Girl—lifted from his latest extended playlist (EP). In an interview after the performance, Blasto,…

New movie emerges from Balaka

  Life lessons, inspirations and entertainment. These are some of the elements of a new movie The Empty Blame to be released by Balaka-based film production company We Create Arts Theatre (Wecat). And, if the movie trailer is anything to go by, Malawians should brace for an interesting and mind-gripping action. The brains behind the…

Visual artist on the move

South Africa-based Malawian visual artist Jethro Longwe was first locally trained in Malawi before making it to the rainbow nation. His, is natural talent, decorated by a touch of academic training. Now that he is striving to advance his skill, Longwe says he is in arts school trying to advance his career. Longwe’s art exploits…

Salima around the clock

Salima is a warm and refreshing town in the Central Region of the country. With a population of a quarter of a million and growing, the coastal resort town is an important centre of tourism. The lakeshore district has also a lot to offer; the sandy beaches, tasty fishes, stunning lake view and, of course,…

Disc jockeying for a living

From performing at birthday parties and wedding events, Sam Kamphulusa is now up there. He is a disc jockey (DJ), who answers to the stage name DJ Wayne. Born on October 13, 1998 at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, DJ Wayne has distinguished himself on the decks. While many DJs are obsessed with international music, a…

Jimmy D Psalmist to rock Malawi again

Nigerian gospel singer Jimmy D Psalmist will perform in Malawi for the second time on July 7 at Comesa Hall in Blantyre as part of his Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) tour. He thrilled Lilongwe fans last month with a show that left many asking for more at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe.…

Waste for money?

In the city of Blantyre, Gertrude Gugu Mlanga has risen to stardom with an art idea most artists have neglected for decades. Born 25 years ago, Mlanga is into fashion design. While copycats are obsessed with fashion made from fabric, the young lady is into ideas that give the slogan ‘art is about creativity’ a…

Mhango back on airwaves

Gospel musician the Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango has released his 13th album Yahweh. The Chiuta Muweme hit-maker, who is also president of Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM), said the album was recorded by fellow artists Lulu and Grecium Mokwena at Mathumela Studios in Lilongwe and Ituma Studios in Blantyre respectively. “I’m so grateful to announce the…

From exile to a global music star

Perhaps, the autocratic leadership of Hastings Kamuzu Banda, that pushed many into exile, was an opportunity for Malawi if read from contributions some of the people that spent years in exile are making to the country. Music is one industry that seems to be enjoying more. The likes of Henry Masauko Chipembere walked into exile…

Choices series hits 100 episodes

Choices, a weekly television series that airs on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Television, has reached 100 episodes. The series’ executive director Thoko Tembo described the development as an achievement, but also a call for improvement. “We are happy for the achievement, but it is time to do stocktaking of the series to improve the production,”…

Sketching for money

  With a plain paper and pencil in hand, the next thing that Ronald Nthubula needs is a model.  He looks at you ostensibly and the moment he drops his eyes on paper and starts scratching with a pencil, you may think he is crossing out poor work. But give him some hours; the next…

Poets donate to Bvumbwe Prison

  A group of poets on Saturday donated foodstuffs and assorted items to young inmates at Bvumbwe Prison in Thyolo. They mobilised themselves through a WhatsApp chat for Mavume a Mlakatuli programme, which Kenneth Khondiwa hosts every Friday evening on Matindi Television. In an interview, Khondiwa said their gesture was motivated by challenges faced by…

Wendy, Jimmy D Psalmist join forces

  The coming of Nigerian award-winning artist, Jimmy Johnson, popularly known as Jimmy D Psalmist, to perform in the country recently has resulted in a working relationship between the visiting artist and local musician Wendy Harawa. The two artists met in Lilongwe at Mathumela Studio owned by artist Lawrence Khwisa, popularly known as Lulu, to…

Enoh returns with Overdose

Gospel artist Enoch Kabuli popularly known as ‘Mwana wa Igwe’ has announced the release of his second album titled Overdose. The Lilongwe-based artist said he is excited about the new project, whose singles are already enjoying airplay on various radio stations.   “People should expect inspiring songs from my album. I was out of limelight…

Mahempe: a song that is misread

  On this Friday, the hour was approaching midnight in the lakeshore district of Mangochi. Club 700 is a hive of entertainment. As usual, the atmosphere is warm and the streets are busy with bicycle taxi operators ferrying people around the area. Inside the club, imbibers of all ages are moving up and down. Those…