‘Manganya has not stopped acting’

For decades, Manganya has been a theatrical powerhouse through radio and television series, Tikuferanji. However, the brains behind the comic character, Michael Usi, has now joined frontline politics and is the UTM Party’s running mate in the forthcoming May 21 Tripartite Elections. Our reporter Yvonnie Sundu (YS) caught up with Usi (MU) on his journey…

Tammy’s bushfire exploits

For every successful arts and entertainment event, there is a lot that happens. From planning, venue bookings, selling of tickets to the actual execution of the event, so much happens in the background that mostly the fans know nothing about other than an assurance of a good time as well as value for their money.…

Namadingo, Macro hold fundraiser

The Malawi Aids Counseling and Resource Organisation (Macro) has partnered musician Patience Namadingo to raise funds for the construction of an HIV Testing Services (HTS) clinic in Lilongwe. The fundraising dinner and dance will take place on February 14 at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc). According to the event’s organiser Levison Msakambewa, the event is…

Talent project beckons creatives

In a bid to unearth, capacitate and promote local creatives in Malawi, Kuwala Creatives has launched a talent competition. In particular, the Tiwale Talent Search will engage creatives to use their talents to tackle corruption and the killing of people with albinism in Malawi with an open mind. According to Dennis Imaan of Kuwala Creatives,…

Art for feminism

In 2006, at the apex of gender-based violence (GBV) in Malawi, one Herbert Mankhwala cut off both arms of his wife, Marietta Samuel. The story shook the country but still, cases of attacks on women persist. In 2012, several men were arrested for ridiculing women wearing pants, short skirts and leggings in the capital Lilongwe.…

Hazel Mak lands ambassadorial role

Fast rising musician Hazel Mak is the brand ambassador for one of the major manufacturing companies in the  Southern Africa Region, Trade Kings Group. The Zambian company has signed a one year deal with the Malawian artist, both sides have confirmed.  In an interview, an excited Hazel said the deal shows how much she is…

Alleluya Band off to Panama

One of the country’s music outfits, Alleluya Band will represent Malawi and Africa at this year’s World Youth Day and Music Festival. Under the theme ‘I am the servant of the Lord,’ the 2019 edition is due to be celebrated from January 22 to 27 in Panama City, Panama. In a Facebook post, the band…

Miss Glam and Glory hits Kasungu, Dedza

Organisers of the ongoing Miss Glam and Glory beauty pageant have taken the contest to rural areas in some of the districts of the country. So far, 13 participants have been shortlisted for the next round of auditions after organisers held events in Kasungu and Dedza over the weekend. In Kasungu, seven participants auditioned and…

Menstruating with dignity

In Africa, women and girls aged 10 to 50 constitute 30  percent of the population—or are 357 million in total. Females make up most of Malawi’s population at 52% but remain one of the most marginalised segment of the population, alongside children. Women for example, due to a number of reasons, do not menstruate with…

Out of darkness

For over six years that Vivian Bwanausi has been teaching at Mtembe Primary School in Lilongwe Rural, preparations for class-work have been difficult due to lack of power. But this is a story of the past as Bwanausi is one of the five teachers at the school who are now using solar lamps. “Preparations for…

Giddes impresses with energetic performance

Octogenarian Giddes Chalamanda, popularly known as Agide, on Friday defied his age when he gave a scintillating performance at Chameleon Club in Lilongwe.  The show, which was a launch of his South Africa tour, saw him perform for almost an hour with lots of energy and vigour. He opened his set with the hit song…

Tabitha Magic

The Chinese Embassy in Malawi has named international women’s football star Tabitha Chawinga as a friendship ambassador of the two countries. Chinese Ambassador Liu Hongyan made the remarks when the embassy organised a celebratory dinner for the star. He hailed the trail-blazing footballer for raising the Malawi flag. “I got to know about her through…

For the love of music

It is often said that practice makes perfect. The same can be said about education. One can only get better when one gets training in their particular field of interest. And this is particularly true for the 30 aspiring musicians who have gone into camp to be trained in music. The 2018 edition of Malawi…

Europe’s Bullet Models signs Mabel Khonje

Malawian model, Mabel Ameera Khonje has been signed by one of the top casting agencies in Europe, Bullet Models.  The signing means the agency will be representing Khonje forclients seeking her services. “Welcome at Bullet Models. Our casting director looked at your profile and from now on, you have been officially admitted to our database.…

Sakala proves his worth

Zambia’s Afro jazz artist James Sakala’s name is fairly new on the Malawi music scene. So, when some music fansheard of his performance in Malawi, there must have been some doubtingThomases. Even some that turned up on December 8 at Crossroads Hotel in Blantyre where Sakala performed with award-winning Faith Mussa, confessed to have only…

Beer fest brings lilongwe to a standstill

Beer, music and food! That isarguably the best summary of the Lilongwe Beer Fest over the weekend at theLilongwe Golf Club. For three days, the venue gave the first-hand experienceof how much Malawians love their beer. The venue survived three days of nonstop heavy trampling and foot-thumping of thousands of revellers who turned up for…

Ammara Brown, Master KG coming to Malawi

Almost two months after performing in the country for the first time, Zimbabwean songstress Ammara Brown returns to Malawi later this month. This time around, she will share the stage with SouthAfrica’s Master KG, the brains behind Skeleton Moves hit,locally popularly known as Remember The Road That Will LeadYou Home. The two international artists will…