Malawi film industry has talent

Artist Elson Kambalu has always been known to the public as a curator. However, in 2013 he branched into film, where he is still telling stories. He is set to release two movies plus a sequel to his second production Mlandu Wa Njinga in March 2019. Yvonnie Sundu speaks to the artist. Q: Tell us…

South Africa to the rescue?

South Africa has for a long time been a land of opportunity for Malawians. From the Teba days to date a number of Malawians have trekked to the rainbow nation in search of greener pastures. Some have been lucky to find good jobs while others hustle in shops, restaurants, gas stations. In the music industry,…

Joyah’s new film goes international

Shemu Joyah’s latest production, The Road to Sunrise is being screened at the Pan African Film Festival (Paff) in Los Angeles, California. The screening of the film follows another successful adventure at the Silicon Valley Film Festival last year where it won a special recognition award for a Narrative Feature Film. “Featuring black movies and…

Kambalu lines up two movies

  Five years ago, visual artist Elson Kambalu decided to venture into film-making. The youthful painter embraced the motion picture as a way of putting his versatility and passion for storytelling to optimal use. After releasing Mlandu wa Njinga last year, he seems determined to release two more movies. Kambalu has announced three productions—Fisi/Hyena, Laura’s…

Contraceptives intake increases in Ntchisi

The intake of contraceptives has increased in Ntchisi which was one of the districts in Malawi with low numbers of clients seeking such services, according to the Malawi Health and Demographic Survey of 2010. This has been attributed to the work Sexual Reproductive Health partners like PSI Malawi are carrying on the district including mobile…

Malawi food to feature on Japanese TV

  Malawi’s food and food culture are set to hit the international limelight when a mini-documentary in Lilongwe is screened in Japan. A Japanese celebrity chef, Seiji Chihara, was in the country to shot different scenes that show what the country is all about as well as local food at one of Lilongwe’s eateries, Nthalo…

Committee mulls over child policy

  The Parliamentary Committee on Health says Malawi needs to adopt a policy that limits the number of children a family can have. Deputy chairperson of the committee Davie Kadzinja says this will provide a solution to the country’s growing population as similar policies have worked in countries like China. He said this last week…

African fiddle fussion

In in 2002 while studying mechanical engineering, Peter Mawanga recorded a playful album that set him on the path to his musical destiny. Recorded under the name Peter Pine, City Life was a sensation across Malawi. The afro-pop album’s controversial hit single Amakhala ku Blantyre became an instant hit as a result of the debate…

Lawi, Namadingo to drop single

  Two versatile musicians Lawi and Patience Namadingo are set to release a single. The single will be released at the end of a tour the two award-winning artists will hold during the Easter season, according to the brains behind the project, Emmanuel Maliro. “We cannot say much about the track now, but one thing…

A Women Being story

It’s almost a year since a new poetic experience hit the limelight in Malawi. Unapologetic Apology it was. Truly, celebrated poet Q Malewezi took the bull by its horns as he hit hard at fellow men for inflicting injustices on women all in the name of being a man. He was moved by efforts taken…

16 set for Miss Malawi finals

  It’s official! Sixteen girls will compete for the Miss Malawi crown in April this year. After a nationwide search, four contestants from the North, six from the South and another six from the Central Region stand a chance of being the next Malawi’s beauty queen. During the Central Region finals that took place on…

Musician Chavura granted bail

Hip-hop musician Mwiza Chavura was on Friday granted bail  by the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court, eight days after his arrest. The musician was arrested after releasing a song titled Nzakupanga Rape which some quarters say glorifies rape. He has been charged with producing obscene language contrary to section 179 (1) of the Penal Code. In her ruling , chief resident…

Musician Chavura appears in court today

Hip-hop musician Mwiza Chavura will today know the fate of his bail application when Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court makes its determination. The Court on Tuesday denied him bail on grounds that it needed more time to scrutinise submissions made by both from the State and the defence. Chavura has been charged with producing obscene language contrary…

Chavura still in jail

Hip-hop musician Mwiza Chavura will spend two more days in police custody after the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday denied him bail. Arrested on Friday last week after releasing a song that allegedly promotes rape, Chavura through his four lawyers led by Nicely Msowoya applied for bail arguing that the offense is minor. The artist…

Gwamba drops new EP

A year after launching his first gospel album, artist Gwamba is back this time around with an extended playlist (EP). Titled In Advance, he releases the EP’s track list today while the full collection is set for February 19. This will be the fourth music album; both secular and gospel for the artist, born Duncan…

Egypt grants scholarships to Malawi

    The Egyptian Embassy in Malawi has presented the last batch of academic scholarships for 2017 to Malawian students. The students leave on January 12 for Al Azhar University for four or five years depending on their studies. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Deputy Egyptian Ambassador Abdallah Hosny said the scholarships cement the good…