Entertainment News – The Nation Online http://mwnation.com Top Malawi Breaking News Headlines Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:47:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 All set for Africa Fashion show http://mwnation.com/set-africa-fashion-show/ http://mwnation.com/set-africa-fashion-show/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:30:49 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222764   The stage is set. The runway carpet has been rolled. The models are ready. This is 2017 Africa Fashion Show Malawi which is set to take place from tomorrow up until Sunday. Project manager Lorraine Kljakic told The Nation that 25 designers are set to show case their designs during the coveted event after…

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The stage is set. The runway carpet has been rolled. The models are ready. This is 2017 Africa Fashion Show Malawi which is set to take place from tomorrow up until Sunday.

Project manager Lorraine Kljakic told The Nation that 25 designers are set to show case their designs during the coveted event after 5 cancelled due to various reasons.

Kljakic: We are set to make history

Kljakic said preparations for the show are done.

She said: “We are set to make history and showcase unique designs that will impress fashion lovers in Malawi and beyond. We have designers from Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, Germany, The UK, Guyana and host country Malawi.”

She said tomorrow there will be a business seminar while on Friday and Saturday there will be a runway fashion show where designers are set to showcase designs.

“In between, we will have a lot of artists performing. Locally we have Lulu, Tuno and Patience Namadingo. We also have other artists from Ghana, Swaziland as well as arts group from Dzaleka Camp,” said Kljakic.

On Sunday, there will be the shoppers paradise where patrons will have the opportunity to buy ready-to-wear designs, kids stuff and a raffle draw whose proceeds will go to Funding Girls Education -Malawi which supports needy girls with their educational needs.

According to Kljakic, patrons will pay K10 000 a day and K25 000 for the whole three days.

 

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Nyaradzai Chitheka drops second album http://mwnation.com/nyaradzai-chitheka-drops-second-album/ http://mwnation.com/nyaradzai-chitheka-drops-second-album/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:30:00 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222765   Chitheka Family vocalist Nyaradzai Chitheka Dube has released a second album Wandimenyera nkhondo six years after her first solo project Mboni Yeni Yeni. Nyaradzai said the 10-track album, recorded and produced at OBK Record in Blantyre by her nephew Obedience Lewis, was unique having taken a long time since her debutant solo album. “The…

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Chitheka Family vocalist Nyaradzai Chitheka Dube has released a second album Wandimenyera nkhondo six years after her first solo project Mboni Yeni Yeni.

Nyaradzai said the 10-track album, recorded and produced at OBK Record in Blantyre by her nephew Obedience Lewis, was unique having taken a long time since her debutant solo album.

“The album has 10 songs full of worship and praise. It is going be a blessing to many people since I have taken long to release another album,” she said.

Nyaradzai leading in song with the Chitheka Family

The gospel songstress said the 10 tracks include Wandimenyera Nkhondo, Holy, Covenant, Keeping God, Ndidzaimba, Mwandilanditsa and Wamayankho which is a dedication to her husband Lucky Kumwenda Dube she married in June this year.

“This project is special to me because I took time off while working on it to plan for my wedding that is why it has taken a bit longer to produce it,” said Nyaradzai.

“In fact it’s a dedication to my husband and the title track Wamayankho is a dedication to him.”

She appealed to gospel music fans to get a copy as it would also soothe their spiritual lives.

“This album is full of the word of God, the worship songs will  be a blessing to many people,” said Nyaradzai.

The album has  been produced with financial help from   her husband who is a based in South Africa.

But the couple does not expect much returns from sales due to piracy, which has hit hard the music industry.

“We are not expecting to make money from the album because there is nothing much that the government and authorities are doing to deal with piracy,” Nyaradzai said.

“I produced the album mainly because it’s a talent that I have and I don’t want to kill it simply because I am not getting any financial rewards.”

She is expecting to launch it next year after finishing shooting videos for the songs.

Nyaradzai, a backing vocalist for Chitheka Family, is known for songs such as Msiyeni Mulungu akhale Mulungu and Famba na Jesu.

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Piksy set to release a new song http://mwnation.com/piksy-set-release-new-song/ http://mwnation.com/piksy-set-release-new-song/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:38:25 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222706   Malawi’s celebrated afro pop star, Piksy, also popularly known as Chimfana Chodziwika ndi Boma among his followers, is set to release a new single on Monday titled 40. In an interview with Malawi News Agency, Piksy said he decided to give the song the title 40 to keep his fans guessing. He said: “The…

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Malawi’s celebrated afro pop star, Piksy, also popularly known as Chimfana Chodziwika ndi Boma among his followers, is set to release a new single on Monday titled 40.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency, Piksy said he decided to give the song the title 40 to keep his fans guessing.

Piksy interacting with fans

He said: “The song has a very simple concept. It is basically talking about karma. The bad things we do to others today might bounce back to us one day.”

The artist, whose real name is Evance Zangazanga, observed that in Malawi, people always refer to karma as La 40. He was sure most people were familiar with the phrase and that they would be in a position to relate to the song.

“I know the youth will love the beat and tune of the song. The targeted audience are people from age five to the 50s. What makes this song different from my previous ones is the genre, it is oriented on hip hop,” Piksy added.

The afro pop star, whose music is popular among the youth both in urban and rural areas, has had a number of hit songs, including Unamata, Uncle Short One and Angozo.

 

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Watipa’s golden heart http://mwnation.com/watipas-golden-heart/ http://mwnation.com/watipas-golden-heart/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:36:06 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222703   She plays the role a prostitute in a movie Road to sunrise by Shemu Joyah. For that, she is a symbol of moral decadence looking at her through the prism of the conservative Malawian society. Even her male clients seeking her pleasure under the cover of darkness loathe her. They cannot associate with her…

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She plays the role a prostitute in a movie Road to sunrise by Shemu Joyah. For that, she is a symbol of moral decadence looking at her through the prism of the conservative Malawian society.

Even her male clients seeking her pleasure under the cover of darkness loathe her. They cannot associate with her during the day for fear of tarnishing their image. But she is a woman with a big heart.

From Bangwe Township in Blantyre, in an area characterised by mob justice, violence, prostitution and broken hopes, Watipa is already a lesser human being whose fate in life seems to be already sealed. She is the face of other millions of other Malawians dwelling in the slums leading a challenging life.

By extension, Watipa is the Bangwe of broken hopes, a slum stuck in poverty struggling strenuously to extricate itself from it.

Main actress: Chantelle B Phiri

Through Watipa, Joyah advances the plot of the story, bringing in some characters, Rubia and Chisomo, who are also prostitutes along with her.

It is through adversity of life that she gets purified as she trudges along the rugged road to sunrise (success) through tailoring. Unprecedented events in life turn her into a prostitute to become a breadwinner for her three siblings.

At one time the city council confiscates her merchandise, losing her entire capital. But, like a phoenix, she rises from the ashes of her loss to own a business. She realises that the only road that leads to sunrise is hard work and not prostitution as Shoti had told her.

The imagery of the rising sun illuminating the shanty township is a reminder of the enduring hope of such people as Watipa and Rubia. It was in the darkness of Watipa’s plight that a ray of light shone to subdue the long night of despair—she won a fashion competition and started her own company—the road to sunrise (success) was underway.

In Watipa and Rubia one sees a round character like Lucy in Tiyambe Zeleza’s Smouldering Charcoal who, after being a prostitute to support herself and her child, changes in the end and starts a small business. Thus, such characters, who through the line of time undergo transformation, become agents of change to others.

After finding Rubia at Wenela Bus Depot with a baby, Watipa takes her to her house. She also recommends that Misozi, Rubia’s baby, go and stay with his grandmother as growing in the house would not be good for him.

Joyah places Watipa in the same league as Sonia in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment who became a prostitute “with good intentions” of helping out her family.

Just as Sonia, Watipa hates her prostitution but that is her only means of raising fees for her siblings and putting food on the table.

Joyah’s literature of realism in the script in portraying characters that are debased such as Watipa, Rubia and Chisomo is conspicuous. The script writer has succeeded in paying attention to minute and mundane details of life and nailed it on the use of vulgar language just as in the ghettos.

Worth noting also is Joyah’s improved utility of actors in the movie as he was able to bring out the best in them unlike in his other productions—Seasons of a Life and The Last Fishing Boat in which actors were dramatising the dialogue as if it were a stage play. This time, there is no dramatisation in the name of acting. The dialogues are natural and real.

The other positive area is sound and music which, just like in The Last Fishing Boat, is superb. The lighting is topclass just as the pictures which are clear in high definition.

Through the struggles of Watipa, Rubia and Chisomo, Joyah’s film depicts marxist and feminist undertones-depicting struggles of classes and equality of the sexes. Clients from the middle and upper classes who are men exploit women from the lower class through sex.

Further, the girls are practising their trade through a middle-man, Shoti (representing capitalism) who protects them but reaps the money out of them. Shoti is a bully and threatens the girls with a knife to surrender money to him.

The end of Shoti, after being setup in mob justice by Rubia, together with the killing of a business-person who tried to rape Rubia, symbolises the triumph of feminism over patriarchy.

In life, the oppressed always fight against their oppressors as Karl Marx argues in The Communist Manifesto thus the victory of Rubia over patriarchy buys her freedom for ever.

However, there is little tension and conflict. The film just presents life as a struggle in the characters of prostitutes. The storyline lacks a main plot that should tie all other themes to it. For an ambitious movie project such as this, the storyline ought to be clearer.

Joyah is not new to writing long scripts. In his best short story, Against the howling wind, he created a larger than life plot. However, it was well done unlike in Road to Sunrise. A good script should build conflict that rises to a climax. But there are many disjointed scenes in the film, sometimes arising from failure to connect flashback and current action. Other scenes are unnecessarily too long.

Another weakness is a court scene where Rubia repeats four times a phrase: “For the first time in my life….” This is a waste of time and is boring—twice would suffice.

But for all its weaknesses, the movie arguably ranks higher than his previous works. Its strengths far surpass its weaknesses—the major one being the creation of characters that are real and honest.

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Code gets support in malaria awareness drive http://mwnation.com/code-gets-support-malaria-awareness-drive/ http://mwnation.com/code-gets-support-malaria-awareness-drive/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:31:55 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222696   The malaria tour, an initiative by Code Sangala to raise funds for the paediatric, accidents and emergency ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Qech) in Blantyre continued on Thursday evening. The musician officially launched the music tour called Music Against Malaria at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre with patrons filling almost every available space.…

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The malaria tour, an initiative by Code Sangala to raise funds for the paediatric, accidents and emergency ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Qech) in Blantyre continued on Thursday evening.

The musician officially launched the music tour called Music Against Malaria at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre with patrons filling almost every available space.

The show produced an outstanding performance by Sangala and supporting artists Waliko Makhala and Anne Marie Quinn from the United Kingdom.

Code and The Tribe band on stage

In an interview with The Nation on Thursday, Sangala said he was satisfied with the patronage.

“This is really a good start since it’s a fundraiser, and the more people the better. This is decent. I am happy with the turnout and it’s just an official kickoff of the tour,” he said.

Sangala said he was once diagnosed with malaria while he was young; hence the initiative.

One of the patrons, Kondwani Chamwala, said he saw the need to support Sangala because many children are dying of malaria.

“I travelled all the way from Mulanje just to support Code and his initiative. As you are aware, many children are dying of malaria,” he said.

Code is targeting to raise K10 million towards the refurbishment of the Paediatric ward.

Code together with the Tribe Band will tour 10 districts in the country and he has opened a bank account for well-wishers to deposit their cash contributions.

Code started the malaria initiative after his Big Brother Africa appearance.

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Carlsberg upstages Lilongwe http://mwnation.com/carlsberg-upstages-lilongwe/ http://mwnation.com/carlsberg-upstages-lilongwe/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:26:27 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222561   Thousands of beer lovers thronged Lilongwe Golf Club over the weekend to experience the first ever beer festival courtesy of Carlsberg Malawi. Both the young and the old came together to enjoy the beers under Carlsberg brand with music performances from various local artists. It was a weekend filled with fun as the artists…

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Thousands of beer lovers thronged Lilongwe Golf Club over the weekend to experience the first ever beer festival courtesy of Carlsberg Malawi.

Both the young and the old came together to enjoy the beers under Carlsberg brand with music performances from various local artists.

DJ Maya mesmerised fans during the event

It was a weekend filled with fun as the artists lived up to expectations and consumers behaved, with no major incidents noted or reported.

The beer fest, according to Carlsberg Malawi brand manager Twikale Chirwa, is an event aimed at teaching consumers about the positive aspects of beer as well as taking them through the process of brewing it.

“We do appreciate the support that we get from beer lovers and we feel they deserve to understand what they drink. On top of that we reduced the prices of beer to let them afford as many beers as possible,” he said.

Chirwa said the beer fest happens all around Europe and other developed countries; hence, his company’s decision to give Malawians an international experience.

He said: “At this fest, beer was the headliner. Anything else that is taking place is secondary. We are teaching people about drinking responsibly. We are wrapping up the fest with a family day where we will be promoting other drinks like Sobo and Coca Cola.”

He added that following the success of the debut beer fest, his company will make the event an annual event and will be rotating among the Southern, Central and Northern regions.

Artists that supported the event included Lucius Banda and Zembani Band, Anthony Makondetsa, Malceba, Black Missionaries, Skeffa Chimoto and Mizu Band. n

 

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Gwamba, Fredokiss win big at UMP awards http://mwnation.com/gwamba-fredokiss-win-big-ump-awards/ http://mwnation.com/gwamba-fredokiss-win-big-ump-awards/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:22:08 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222562   Hip hop gospel artist Gwamba and man of the moment Fredokiss were the two artists that won big on Saturday night during the Urban Music People (UMP) awards held at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe. Gwamba won album of the year award with his album Jesus is My Boss, gospel artist of…

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Hip hop gospel artist Gwamba and man of the moment Fredokiss were the two artists that won big on Saturday night during the Urban Music People (UMP) awards held at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe.

Gwamba won album of the year award with his album Jesus is My Boss, gospel artist of the year, and best collaboration for his song Mr Yesu which he did with Kells Kay.

Fredokiss accepts an award

Fredokiss, real name Penjani Kalua, won the artist of the year award, best rap/hip hop artist of the year and best live act.

The three awards for Fredokiss could not have come at a better time than now as he has just been named brand ambassador for NBS Bank to encourage entrepreneurship among the youth.

Malceba, who became an overnight sensation with his song Apse Mtima, won the best song of the year award while Malinga Mafia won the best reggae/dancehall act.

Other winners are Kells Kay for best R’n’B artist, Waxy K for best new artist, Mizu Band for best band of the year, Bossaro Music Group for best duo/group.

Sangie won the best female act, DJ Nathan Tunes and Hazel won the best music video of the year award while Cassper Nyovest won the best Sadc act.

The awards ceremony was spiced up by performances from South Africa’s rapper Emtee. n

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Joyah defends sex scenes, language in movie http://mwnation.com/joyah-defends-sex-scenes-language-movie/ http://mwnation.com/joyah-defends-sex-scenes-language-movie/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:05:41 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222350 Filmmaker Charles Shemu Joyah screened his new movie The Road to Sunrise in Blantyre last weekend. This was the second screening after Lilongwe on November 3 2017. The movie, however, faces criticism for its sex scenes and use of vulgar language. Our Reporter JOHN CHIRWA engaged the artist to get his side of the story.…

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Filmmaker Charles Shemu Joyah screened his new movie The Road to Sunrise in Blantyre last weekend. This was the second screening after Lilongwe on November 3 2017. The movie, however, faces criticism for its sex scenes and use of vulgar language. Our Reporter JOHN CHIRWA engaged the artist to get his side of the story. Excerpts.

Joyah: I am aware that Malawi is quite conservative

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: After screening the film in Blantyre and Lilongwe, what are your plans now?

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: We are trying to put it in theatres. So, we are negotiating with M-Theatre in Blantyre to see if we can have a theatre run there. And then we are also trying to look for another venue in Lilongwe. At Crossroads Hotel there is a very nice movie theatre. We would like to negotiate with them to see if we can actually screen it there.

The plan is to take the film into theatre-like venues and see how people react to it. If our film industry is to develop we need people to start going to the cinemas again to watch movies.

 

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: How about other places such as  Mzuzu? Will they have an opportunity to watch the movie on the big screen?

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:The logistics of Mzuzu and the cost of going to Mzuzu are quite expensive. I would really love to take my film to Mzuzu. I have lots of friends in Mzuzu and my former professor is in Mzuzu. I would love them to watch the movie. But I will need to see how it fares first then I will take it to Mzuzu.

I have taken my two other films to Mzuzu, but the patronage was very poor. When we checked most of the patrons were women and at night it’s difficult for them to come to watch our films.

So, you travel all the way from Blantyre and find patronage to be 20 people. From a business point of view that doesn’t help. So, if we can be assured of good patronage in Mzuzu and a good venue we can take the film to the city. I would love to take the film to Mzuzu.

 

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: What has been the response so far in Blantyre and Lilongwe?

A

: Almost everybody who watched the movie was very excited. And most people were very happy. I know some people have reacted on the strong language and sex scenes. But I personally feel that with the type of characters we were trying to depict, like sex workers, it was inevitable to use such kind of language.  I would never have been true to reality if I gave them the language used in boardrooms. That’s why we needed to use the raw rough language.

I understand the criticism though because Malawi is a conservative country. But it’s something that needs to ignite debate. And if it does then that’s fine with me. By and large everybody loved the film.

 

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: Some people have observed that sexuality as a theme is not explored in this film alone, but also in your other artistic works. What do you say about such an observation?

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: Not all of them. I have seen people on Facebook talk about the use of sex scenes in the film. If you look at my films closely, they all have to do with women and women empowerment. And they are critical of male domination. I think that the key issue of male domination over women is sex. And therefore because I take my films from a feminine point of view, I look at how women suffer, things like gender based violence and how they are abused.

Now, if you look at a man and a woman and you look at the abuse that goes between a man and a woman. What is the core thing at the centre? It’s sex. If I am doing another film on the liberation and empowerment of women the key point that makes women to be dominated on is their sexuality. Unless people want me to explore other issues then that’s a different case altogether.

 

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: What do you think will be the success of this movie taking into consideration that Malawi is a conservative country?

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: We can’t really say if the movie will be a success or not. Any piece of art depends on the consumption; how people are going to like it and so on. All I can say is that the reaction I have gotten so far has been very encouraging to the point that after premiering it in Lilongwe the German ambassador told me that this is one of the best films he has ever watched in Africa and he would want it at the German Film Festival. If I use that as a yardstick I would say it definitely struck a chord with some people. And even when I was in the cinema both in Lilongwe and Blantyre, I felt the reaction of the people as they watched the film that they were actually enjoying it. So, for the success we are looking both at the world in general and Malawi as a country. I know that it will annoy quite a number of people in Malawi. But I am an artist and I don’t think I really have to censor myself or think too much about the public. All I am trying to do is to say something which I see happening in society although some people don’t like it.

 

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: Do you have any other comment?

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: The movie is talking about rape, mob justice, exploitation of women, among other themes. If people don’t like that I can’t stop it. But I can’t stop making a movie about things I observe in society simply because a section of society doesn’t like it. I am quite aware that Malawi is quite conservative and the language used there is quite harsh. But that is just a reflection of the society we are living in. We just have to take things as they are. If it is bad, then let’s start from there to see how we can change it rather than stopping artists from capturing the same in their works. These things are happening in our society. It is good that the pieces of art should actually be at the forefront to debate these things. Throughout history laws have changed because of literature. n

 

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UMP awards tomorrow http://mwnation.com/ump-awards-tomorrow/ http://mwnation.com/ump-awards-tomorrow/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:34:08 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222373 All roads lead to Lilongwe tomorrow for this year’s Urban Music Party (UMP) awards which are set to take place in the evening at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc). “We are happy with the overwhelming response we have received during the voting process. The response signifies how the UMP Awards have grown, and how people…

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All roads lead to Lilongwe tomorrow for this year’s Urban Music Party (UMP) awards which are set to take place in the evening at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc).

“We are happy with the overwhelming response we have received during the voting process. The response signifies how the UMP Awards have grown, and how people have welcomed them,” said UMP publicist Thoko Kadewere.

Kadewere: We are happy with the response

She said names of winners will be announced during the awards gala which will be followed by an after-party at up-market luxury club, The Cockpit Lounge at Golden Peacock Hotel complex in Lilongwe. The party will feature live performances by Fredokiss, Blasto and DJ Nathan Tunes and Skappa Dj.

Kadewere added: “South Africa’s rapper Emtee will headline this year’s awards gala; and patrons to the after-party will have a chance to meet and mingle with him and award winners and nominees.”

UMP Awards will for the first time be held as a stand-alone event from the UMP Festival which will be held Sunday at Blantyre Sports Club.

The UMP Awards recognises Malawi’s exceptional urban music talent. while UMP Festival celebrates urban music, lifestyle and culture. This year, UMP awards and festival has partnered Casino Marina and Umodzi Park. n

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Chirimba Madodana Choir launches first album http://mwnation.com/chirimba-madodana-choir-launches-first-album/ http://mwnation.com/chirimba-madodana-choir-launches-first-album/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:25:14 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222369 Ten-member Chirimba Madodana Choir of Chirimba Church of the Central Africa Presbyterian  (CCAP) of the Blantyre Synod will on December 2 launch an album titled Mtamandeni Ambuye. Choir director Henderson Dalili said this would be the choir’s first album since its inception in 2013. Some of the songs in the album are; Saulo Undilonderanji, Atimenyera…

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Ten-member Chirimba Madodana Choir of Chirimba Church of the Central Africa Presbyterian  (CCAP) of the Blantyre Synod will on December 2 launch an album titled Mtamandeni Ambuye.

Choir director Henderson Dalili said this would be the choir’s first album since its inception in 2013.

Some of the songs in the album are; Saulo Undilonderanji, Atimenyera Nkhondo, Sunga Malonjezano Onse, Anandikweza, Kodi Ndani Alibe Chisoni?, Wauka Yesu, Moyo Wanga Uli Ngati Madzi a Mumtsinje, Yesu adza Msanga and Tsiku Lokoma.

“We are expecting all men’s choral groups to come and support us during the launch as we promote men’s ministry in Blantyre Synod.

Chirimba Madodana singing in church last sunday

“Of late, we have seen the tremendous growth of Men’s choral groups and it is our wish to have a good working relationship among all groups within the Blantyre City Presbytery and this should be the starting point,” said Dalili.

He said apart from the men’s choral groups, there are other women and youth choirs which will also support the launch.

Almost all songs in this album are derived from the Bible and give powerful teachings to people of all ages.

Chirimba CCAP management is helping the choir to identify dignitaries to patronise the event.

“We are optimistic that the turn out will be impressive from within our church and outside. This will be the time to learn from one another, especially from the men’s choral groups,” the choir director said. n

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Mzuzu feels shunned http://mwnation.com/mzuzu-feels-shunned/ http://mwnation.com/mzuzu-feels-shunned/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:12:42 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222356 Of late, Mzuzu City has been shunned in major entertainment events. It started with Patience Namadingo and his All New Namadingo project and tour five months ago. The tour started with a solo performance at the Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe before going to Blantyre at Comesa Hall in August. It ended there.…

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Of late, Mzuzu City has been shunned in major entertainment events.

It started with Patience Namadingo and his All New Namadingo project and tour five months ago.

The tour started with a solo performance at the Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe before going to Blantyre at Comesa Hall in August.

It ended there. Mzuzu was not considered.

Then came Charles Shemu Joyah and his new film The Road to Sunrise. He premiered the film at Bicc on November 3 2017 and in Blantyre last weekend. From the look of things, he has no plans to go to Mzuzu anytime soon.

Will perform in Blantyre and Lilongwe: Jah Prayzah

Now, afro-soul musician and producer Lawi has announced plans to launch his new album Sunset in the Sky in Lilongwe on December 2 2017.

The same month, Blantyre and Lilongwe will host Zimbabwe musician Jah Prayzah who is loved in the country for his hit song Mudhara Vachauya.

Such a trend of events has disappointed fun lovers in Mzuzu who feel sidelined in major entertainment shows in the country.

However, Africano Phiri, one of the organisers of the Jah Prayzah shows, says several factors including patronage, cost and the expected revenue are considered when putting up a show.

He says shows usually take place in Lilongwe because it is centrally located to attract people from both the North and the South.

He says Blantyre is also usually preferred because the Southern Region is “big enough to attract a huge audience”.

“If we are to make a cost benefit analysis and evaluation, we are convinced that as a business and as an investment we are more likely to achieve our expected revenue from such areas,” he says.

Phiri says Lilongwe and Blantyre host most international shows because these cities have better venues.

“Again, it’s not just about availability of a facility, but we also look at convenience, security and manageability of the facility,” he says.

Phiri, however, says they expect to come up with tailor-made events for the Northern Region so that gig-goers are not deprived of entertainment.

“As a national events organiser, we need to reach out to all regions. We are all Malawians and we don’t need to leave out other areas,” he says.

Joyah says logistics and cost of going to Mzuzu are quite expensive.

“I would really love to take my film to Mzuzu. I have lots of friends in Mzuzu and my former professor is in Mzuzu. But the issue of venues and patronage is a challenge.

“I have taken my two other films to Mzuzu, but the patronage was very poor. When we checked most of the patrons were women and at night it’s difficult for them to come to watch our films.

“So, you travel all the way from Blantyre and find patronage to be 20 people. It doesn’t make sense business-wise. If we can be assured of good patronage in Mzuzu and a good venue we can take the film to the city,” he says.

Meanwhile, Joyah plans to put the film in theatres in Blantyre and Lilongwe.

“We are negotiating with M-Theatre in Blantyre to see if we can have a theatre run there. We are also looking for a venue in Lilongwe at Crossroads Hotel.

“The plan is to take the film into theatres as a way of reviving the cinema industry,” he says.

Recently, Mzuzu University Theatre Arts Group (Mutag) director Misheck Mzumara also bemoaned the issue of venues in the city as the reason the group stages most of its plays in Lilongwe and Blantyre.

However, Mzuzu-based events organiser Keliophas Tobias says the challenge of venues is an issue of the past.

He says the city boasts of Squirrels Park with a capacity of 1 500. He says the venue is big enough to accommodate any international artist.

“We have hosted US rapper Da Truth before and he said Squirrels Park is one of the best venues in Africa. So, lack of venues is not really an issue here.

“Maybe we should be talking about the cost of travelling up North and the unpredictability of patronage. But the best to do on patronage is to invest in advertising.  Otherwise, an emergency show will always flop,” he says. n

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Blacks set to rock Capital City Jazz Garden Friday http://mwnation.com/blacks-set-rock-capital-city-jazz-garden-friday/ http://mwnation.com/blacks-set-rock-capital-city-jazz-garden-friday/#comments Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:59:13 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222242 Black Missionaries will for the first time perform at the new Capital City Motel Jazz Garden tomorrow in Lilongwe. The Jazz Garden has been constructed adjacent to the old structure to provide a platform for family entertainment. In an interview on Tuesday, Black Missionaries manager Ras Ray Harawa said raggae outfit from Chileka, Blantyre will…

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Black Missionaries will for the first time perform at the new Capital City Motel Jazz Garden tomorrow in Lilongwe.

The Jazz Garden has been constructed adjacent to the old structure to provide a platform for family entertainment.

In an interview on Tuesday, Black Missionaries manager Ras Ray Harawa said raggae outfit from Chileka, Blantyre will be in Lilongwe with a loaded pack of roots reggae.

“Our relationship with Capital City Motel management dates back to many years. But this will be the first time to perform at the Jazz Garden and we are set to give our fans quality time through quality music. We know we have a huge fan base in Lilongwe and we won’t disappoint. We are ready to return to the Capital City for more reggae and afrobeats,” said Harawa in a telephone interview from Blantyre.

Black Missionaries

Harawa said as usual, Anthony Makondetsa will be part of the act.

Makondetsa’s music has been solidly about advocating for spiritual salvation and humanitarian upliftment.

Makondetsa is also good at recording love songs and his stage work is always energetic.

Another artist fans should look forward to is Tamanyawaka Chavula who will perform alongside the Blacks just to give variety.

“Most fans are yet to get the best of Tamanyawaka Chavula. She is a good artist and we hope the fans will appreciate her music,” said Harawa.

Meanwhile, Capital City Motel management said they are excited to partner Ma Blacks again.

“It is good to have Ma Blacks perform at the Jazz Garden. We enjoy the good relationship with them. We have seen them growing and establishing themselves as a top band. Fans should expect fun. But I have to assure all jazz fans that we still have a jazz session on Sunday,” said managing director George Tambala.

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The Road to Sunrise X-rated http://mwnation.com/road-sunrise-x-rated/ http://mwnation.com/road-sunrise-x-rated/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:51:46 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222237 Charles Shemu Joyah’s new movie, The Road to Sunrise, is rated 18 for containing graphic sexual content and obscene language. In an interview, Joyah who is managing director, of First Dawn Arts, said the Malawi Classification Board rated the movie before it was screened in Lilongwe and Blantyre recently. He said: “The movie is rated…

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Charles Shemu Joyah’s new movie, The Road to Sunrise, is rated 18 for containing graphic sexual content and obscene language.

In an interview, Joyah who is managing director, of First Dawn Arts, said the Malawi Classification Board rated the movie before it was screened in Lilongwe and Blantyre recently.

Joyah: The movie is rated 18

He said: “The movie is rated 18. We called the censorship board to have a look at the movie and they rated it 18. Actually, I almost rated it not for people under the age of 32. But then I thought I am joking.”

The multi-talented film producer, director and screenplay writer said despite the rating, he anticipated that some quarters of society will have reservations on the movie.

“I have no problem with the rating. I had anticipated such a rating because I am addressing issues of prostitution which can’t be discussed with those under age.

“But I know that somebody who is 32, 40 or 70 will be annoyed with the film. That’s a different issue altogether. It’s either they take it or leave it. Even in Hollywood, movies are rated depending on content and it’s up to people to make choices,” he said.

Meanwhile, Joyah said he plans to take the movie to various theatres in Blantyre and Lilongwe for screening.

He said they have put in place strict measures to ensure that only those above the age of 18 watch the movie.

“All our tickets and adverts, even on our Facebook page, the emphasis is on the age limit. We don’t want those underage to come into our cinemas,” he said.

The new movie talks about exploitation of women through sex industry, gender-based violence, mob justice and women self-empowerment.

Joyah also produced award-winning movies The Last Fishing Boat and Seasons of a Life.

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Blantyre Joint Choir back with Christmas cantata http://mwnation.com/blantyre-joint-choir-back-christmas-cantata/ http://mwnation.com/blantyre-joint-choir-back-christmas-cantata/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:19:51 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222133   As Christmas fever draws nearer, an inter-denominational Blantyre Joint Choir is set for yet another Christmas cantata. Events spokesperson for the choir, George Mzumara, said on Sunday that the group is remaining with a few logistics to let the public know of the actual date and venue. “It will be right here in Blantyre…

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As Christmas fever draws nearer, an inter-denominational Blantyre Joint Choir is set for yet another Christmas cantata.

Events spokesperson for the choir, George Mzumara, said on Sunday that the group is remaining with a few logistics to let the public know of the actual date and venue.

Mzumara (L) with Mbare CCAP members

“It will be right here in Blantyre [and not in Lilongwe as previously arranged], and we assure the public that the Blantyre Joint Choir will once again mesmerise them with joyful singing, dancing and Bible verses recitals,” he said.

Speaking on the sidelines of a confirmation service at Soche Anglican Church in Blantyre, Mzumara said the group, which has members from various denominations, is blending the experience gained during their recent trip to Zimbabwe to bring a surprise to its patrons.

“It will be a good package which people will enjoy as we are more than ready to show them what we also learnt from our colleagues in Zimbabwe where we went last month,” he added.

Christmas cantatas are stories about the Old Testament prophecies of the birth of the Messiah to the appearance of Angels to Joseph and Mary, the birth of Jesus in Jerusalem, visits by the shepherds and the Wise men from the East.

The Blantyre Joint Choir, which in September this year held its 40th anniversary celebrations, started presenting cantatas in the 1980s. n

 

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Black Missionaries to release Kuimba 11 early 2018 http://mwnation.com/black-missionaries-release-kuimba-11-early-2018/ http://mwnation.com/black-missionaries-release-kuimba-11-early-2018/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:19:51 +0000 http://mwnation.com/?p=222137   After a two-year hiatus, celebrated reggae outfit Black Missionaries Band says it will release Kuimba 11 album early next year. Band leader Anjiru Fumulani said on Monday that they decided to give themselves ample time to prepare the ground to produce good music for their fans to appreciate. “Music is not [about] releasing an…

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After a two-year hiatus, celebrated reggae outfit Black Missionaries Band says it will release Kuimba 11 album early next year.

Band leader Anjiru Fumulani said on Monday that they decided to give themselves ample time to prepare the ground to produce good music for their fans to appreciate.

Working on a new album: Black Missionaries

“Music is not [about] releasing an album every year; it is about producing good material that will leave a legacy. That is why we are giving ourselves enough time so that the messages in the [new] songs should remain relevant for years to come,” Fumulani said.

He said that their priority now is to hold as many shows as possible, saying that is a way of sustaining the bond with their fans and learning what people want from them.

He, therefore, urged the group’s fans to remain patient, saying the next album would be a bombshell that suits everyone’s tastes.

On whether the delay to release the new album was a result of the departure of two band members, Paul and Takudziwani Chokani, Fumulani said:“I cannot say that is the reason, because nothing has changed since they left.

“Most of the music projects were done by us the family members. So, leaving of some members has not affected us in any way. In fact, it has given us impetus to soldier on with our mission.”Fumulani stressed that the album will still carry the Kuimba label, saying this is what music lovers’ associate the Chileka-based reggae group with.

The Kuimba tag was initiated by Black Missionaries founder Evison Matafale, who died on November 27 2001 after releasing Kuyimba one and two.n

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