E’face features on SABC

South African based Malawian rapper Aemo E’face last Wednesday was part of the star-studded television show on SABC One Extension 4, Yo Television production which was a tribute to former president of South Africa and world legend Nelson Mandela,  hours before his birthday. The 26-year-old, real name Amos Mazinyane, was invited to the show as…

Uncertainty still rocks Miss BT crown

Uncertainty continues to rock the return and the future of the Miss Blantyre pageant which has failed to take place in the last two consecutive years. According to The Nation’s investigations, there is nothing currently on the table to give hope to the possibility of crowning a new queen for the crown. Organisers of the…

Artists educate the masses on elections

Splendid and glamorous are the words to describe a free music show organised by National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) to entice people to register to vote during the 2014 tripartite elections held at the Kamuzu upper stadium in Blantyre on Saturday. There were thousands of people, young and old from different backgrounds. However, it…

Natasha gets warm Blantyre welcome

After dining and partying with Lilongwe fans on Friday night at Zanzi Club, Malawi’s Big Brother Africa (BBA) The Chase evictee Natasha Tonthola on Saturday night received a warm welcome from Blantyre fans at Blue Elephant Club. Unlike in other BBA parties, Natasha’s welcome back party attracted a huge turnout. By 9pm, the club was…

Nation Publications Limited (NPL) sports news analyst Peter Kanjere on Friday put Malawi and NPL on the world map in writing after winning the 2013 Cosafa Cup Print Media Award. The announcement was made in Ndola on the eve of the finals of this year’s Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Senior Challenge Cup…

Miss Malawi, MWHA back

Organisers of the Miss Malawi and Miss Warm Heart of Africa (MWHA) are optimistic the nationwide beauty contests will be back this year. Miss Malawi’s impresario Vitu Kamanga and MWHA’s Edward Kankhomba cleared the mist when asked about the future of the annual pageants which did not take place last year. The hiatus did not…

2Face to collaborate with locals

Nigerian ace 2Face has hinted at collaborations with Malawian musicians, urging them to summon their energy and strive to surpass their potential because success favours hard workers. The My African Queen hitmaker (real name Innocent Ujah Idibia), who performed at BAT Ground in Blantyre last Saturday, said this when locals asked him how he became…

Female urban artists miss from UMP list

The list of the 2013 Urban Music Party (UMP) festival headliners is out and glaringly missing from that list are female urban artists. According to organisers Time Prime Media and Nde’feyo Entertainment three DJs and five urban musicians were identified for the festival scheduled for next weekend. The musicians list has Piksy, Blakjak, Maskal, Armstrong…

Athlete Harry Sichali returned home on Tuesday afternoon after finishing nineth in Africa and 17th in the world at the 2013 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Youth Championship in Ukraine. Sichali participated in 3 000 metres against 77 other contesters during the event which ran from July 10-14. Sichali said the tournament gave him a…

Making it big with beads

When Cossam Kapanda graduated from Zingwangwa Secondary School, he thought his future was bleak. After seeing hope for higher education vanish in a flash due to his poor background, the artist can afford to count his blessings—thanks to beads. “I saw my world collapse after sitting Malawi School Certificate of Education exams. I had no…

New Jerusalem Choir has launched their music journey with the release of Chatsala N’chiyani album this weekend. According to its director Amith Genala, the five-year-old group will unveil the 10-track album on Sundayat Chinsapo Secondary School in Lilongwe. The release recorded by George Chinthenga at Gani Records contains danceable rhumba, reggae and traditional beats. “We have been listening…

We are up against organised corruption—Maneb

This year’s Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations have been marred by massive leakages, leading to the arrest of several students who were found with some examination papers. This is becoming a recurring problem in recent years. Has Maneb failed its job? Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) executive director Roy Hauya speaks to Albert…

Channel O for more female DJs

Channel O selectors have called on Malawians to recognise female DJs and allow them to perform in pubs and other public places without being deemed loose and immoral. The five female deejays made the call when they visited the country for performances at Chez International in Lilongwe and Blantyre recently. In an interview, DJ Thabi…

Films bring jobs in the picture

  African Film Academy (AFA) founder Peace Anyiam-Osigwe has called on government and private firms to invest in the country’s stunted film industry because it has the potential to tremendously reduce unemployment. Speaking in an interview in Blantyre on Friday, Osigwe said the film industry employs many in her country, Nigeria. She reckons Malawi can…

UMP to honour Vic Marley, Black Life

Urban Music Party (UMP) will hand fallen dancehall hitmaker Vic Marley his first posthumous award for popularising urban music in the country. The Hii Hoo star will receive the Life Time Achiever along with other movers and shakers during UMP festival slated for July 27 at Blantyre Arts Centre (formerly French Cultural Centre) “Until his tragic death on 24th…

PIRACY: WILL THE FIGHT EVER BE WON?

Each year, on World Intellectual Property Day, government champions the confiscation of and burning of the pirated materials. Copyright is everywhere, even the most careful artists have been affected. Legendary artist Lucius Banda recently quantified the loss that artists incur due to piracy to be in millions. After many years of the confiscation and burning…

Legend Waliko Makhala

Ethnomusicologist, researcher, actor and radio producer Waliko Makhala is one versatile artist whose description cannot be given in one word. His success story in the arts is complemented by achievements registered in different careers. Our Reporter ALBERT SHARRA tells his story orn on July 29, 1965 in Blantyre, Makhala has grown up in the city…

In a build-up to the 2013 Mwezi Wawala International Festival slated for next month, Nanzikambe Arts will Friday host a cultural night at the Arts Cafe. In an e-mail interview, Nanzikambe’s project officer and theatre artist Misheck Mzumara said the café cultural night will be staged by Dikamawoko Arts. “It will be a night of pure traditional…

Artists in the political fray

As Malawi rears towards the 2014 general elections, different stakeholders are pitching themselves to play their parts. Recently, the Malawi Electoral Commission trained dramatists on their role in communicating useful information to the masses. The commission believes that art is a tool for communication. But what do artists understand as their role in the electoral…

Legson Kayira to be finally honoured

Legendary fallen author Legson Kayira will be finally honoured on Malawian soil by the Malawi Writers Union (Mawu). Mawu President Sambalikagwa Mvona said the awards are back and his office has already come up with names of authors to be awarded. “We are awarding 12 authors as legendary authors. These are successful authors and we…