Come and dine with comedian Carl Ncube

  Local fans of Zimbabwean comedian, Carl Joshua Ncube, will have a rare opportunity of dining and wining with the theatrical powerhouse in Lilongwe. Ncube, who is also a celebrity chef, arrives today ahead of the Grand Coalition Comedy Event scheduled for Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) on Sunday. The comedian will tomorrow be at…

Lemu mocks politicians

US-based Malawian visual artist and writer Massa Lemu continues to produce unique work that pokes fun at Malawi’s politicians. This is evident in the artist’s latest exhibition. The exhibition, which is a story depicting politics in Malawi through visual arts, is taking the form of a political party launch or a rally. It features some…

Poet in pre EP launch

  Up-and-coming poet, Watipaso Nungu, is set to engage another gear into the journey in the world of spoken word with a prelude to his forthcoming EP. With seven pieces put together, Nungu is set to launch his first EP in  December this year. But prior to that, he will be at the Story Club…

Africa fashion festival returns

  For the third year running, the Africa Fashion and Arts Festival (Afaf) returns to Malawi from November 9 -10 at Latitude Hotel in Lilongwe, organisers Lush Africa have said. According to the event’s founder Lorainne Mopiwa Kljajic, 20 designers, including international aficionados, have confirmed participation. “We are selling raffle tickets to raise funds for…

New categories for UMP Awards

The Urban Music Party (UMP) returns this year with more categories. The gala event will be held on Saturday, December 29 at Robin’s Park, Blantyre, according to Mphatso Chibota, UMP Awards coordinator. “The categories have been expanded to 20 from 17 last year. We have added the Best Afro-Soul Artist/Group, Best Live Act and Humanitarian…

International artists jet in for Sand fest

International artists scheduled to perform at this year’s Sand Music Festival start arriving today with Kenyatta Hill expected to be the first to jet in. Hill is expected to jet in around lunch hour, according to the festival’s founder Lucius Banda. “After Hill, the South-African based All Nations Band arrives around 4.30pm before Zimbabwe’s Ammara…

No more Malawi Joy of Jazz

  Six years after Standard Bank Malawi hosted its first ever musical concert, the Joy of Jazz, the curtain has been closed on the event. Featured as one of the big entertainment events on the Malawi calendar, the Joy of Jazz, which three years ago rebranded to Blue Mingoli, saw local fans enjoying music by…

Court fines 2 pirates

  The Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court has spared two people found guilty of pirating creative works, prompting the Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) to describe the judgement as lenient and not a deterrent. In sentencing, the convicts—Bentry Mwaungulu and Isaac Donda— senior resident magistrate Montfort Misunje yesterday said it was a practice in the…

Two convicted for piracy

  The Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court has convicted Isaac Donda and Bentry Mwaungulu for being found in possession of machines for reproducing creative works without authorisation. Senior resident magistrate Montfort Misunje also convicted Mwaungulu for reproducing copies of 400 music CDs without a licence from the Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma). The court heard…

Malawi’s AMAA defining moment

The pioneer awards in the world of film making on the continent, the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) return on Saturday in Kigali, Rwanda. Charles Shemu Joyah’s The Road to Sunrise, and Chavula-Mhango’s Nyasaland are the nominated movies from Malawi. It is worth noting that The Road to Sunrise and Mhango’s previous production Lilongwe have…

A night of joyous celebration

  When it was announced that some former and current members of Joyous Celebration, the award-winning South African gospel music group were set to perform in the country some local fans had doubts about the show. There were those who really wanted the whole celebrated group and not just a section, let alone former members.…

Gospel artists conned in South Africa

  Some Malawian well-wishers in South Africa have come to the rescue of gospel singers Stephen and Miracle Chinga who got stranded in Johannesburg. The two—children of the late Grace Chinga—travelled to the rainbow nation on September 18 courtesy of two promoters, who were supposed to share costs of their transport as well as accommodation.…

Skeffa conquers own fears in Masomphenya

  Since bursting onto the local music scene, Skeffa Chimoto has embraced a multifaceted mission—preaching love to the broken-hearted, giving hope to the oppressed, being the voice for the voiceless and dialling up the value of  respect. Just like many Malawian artists, his 15-year music journey is a mixed bag but his zeal has triumphed…

Unicef brands Sangie children’s champion

  Unicef has named local reggae artist Sangie, real name Angel Mbekeani, as its ambassador whose main role will be to promote children’s welfare by encouraging them to stay in school. Her role will also seek to help end child marriages. Unicef Malawi representative Johannes Wedenig said his organisation is delighted to have the musician’s…

WaterAid pumps K40m in NPL Mother’s Fun Run

  WaterAid Malawi yesterday made a K41 million donation towards this year’s Mother’s Fun Run and unveiled a long-term partnership with Nation Publications Limited (NPL) in the project. This is the biggest donation from one source since NPL launched the flagship corporate social responsibility project in 2005. Making the donation in Lilongwe, WaterAid Malawi country…

Trumpet budding star

When the inaugural Lilongwe Jazz Festival (LJF) announced its plan to expose children to the music genre, some might have thought it was just about meeting some of the big names in jazz in Malawi. Days before the event, one of the main headliners Owen Mbilizi declared that the festival will provide an opportunity to…

Chiwamba’s third coming

  Arguably one of the country’s most admired modern day poets, Robert Chiwamba is a household name. From the days of his chilling, but hugely popular poem Mudzafa Imfa Yowawa to the latest poems about youth empowerment, the artist always has something up his sleeve for his followers. But for the past three years, the…