Miss Malawi contestants in camp

  Miss Malawi contestants have gone into camp in preparation for the Miss Malawi finals on Saturday, April 28. According to Miss Malawi organisers spokesperson Africanno Phiri, the girls entered camp to be drilled on cat-walking skills, general fitness and expectations of the office of Miss Malawi. “Today [Monday] we took the girls to the…

Amref launches health systems project

Amref Health Africa in Malawi has launched a project that seeks to improve health services delivery in the country. Through four strategic areas of improvement of community health services delivery, retention of healthcare workers, family planning services and healthcare governance, the project will target the national level and three districts of Mangochi, Ntchisi and Chitipa.…

Lucius Banda disowns Chilima Facebook image

  Musician-cum-politician Lucius Banda has distanced himself from an image of himself carrying Vice-President Saulos Chilima currently trending on Facebook. The image, also called a meme, is a direct reference to remarks Finance, Economic Planning and Development Minister Goodall Gondwe made last week that the youth “babies” are not suitable to vie for the country’s…

Malawi’s hollywood set

Movie lovers are still twirling in the world magic that is Black Panther. The Wakanda forever fever is still settling in some parts of Africa and in some individuals. What is more exciting about the movie is not just the story, but also the painting of Africa in the positive light and the black cast…

Gilmore’s Harmonica Diaries

  In 2003, Ngati Mafunde took over airwaves in Malawi like  a gale. Ironically, the hit, which took the country  by storm, talks about strong waves. This is the story of Kenny Gilmore and his Sangalala Afro Blues Band whose exploits form the gist of the country’s newest music memoirs, Harmonica Diaries. Described as a…

Lawi forms new Mango Band

The growth that Afro-soul musician Lawi has enjoyed over the past few years has seen the award-winning artist forming a new band to replace the old Mango Band. The new Mango Band comprises foreign artists, with Lawi, born Francis Phiri, the only Malawian in the group. This, according to the artist, is one of the…

SA minister cautions Malawi on Tobacco

South Africa’s minister of health Aaron Matsoaledi Malawi needs to stop taking pride in Tobacco being a green gold as it is poisonous. Motsoaledi was speaking during the opening press conference of the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Wednesday. “There was a time the…

Lucius in 19th album launch

  Musician Lucius Banda will launch his 19th album Crimes at the Lilongwe  Golf Club on March 4. The landmark album comes almost three years after the legend dropped Thank You, a celebratory music compilation recognising his fans for being part of his 30-year music journey. According to the artist, the Lilongwe show is part…

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…