GGM Records search for ‘gold’

Newly-formed local music label GGM Records has embarked on a project called Discovering Gold in its quest to discover Malawi’s best talent in music. GGM Records director Tapps Bandawe said in an interview this is the first of numerous projects that will be carried out by the record label with support from Sony Music. He…

 The northern city of Mzuzu is one area that has not done too well in terms of hosting entertainment events for some time now. This is to avoid using the word shunned. On a different day, it would be safer and straight forward to say the green city does not feature highly on the plans…

Designers fundraise for Dzaleka fashion

Six designers will take their creations to the Shalex Africa Fashion in Motion as part of activities to fundraise for the expansion of Dzaleka Refugee Camp fashion industry. Event organiser Shadrack Ndonda, who trades under Shalex Designs, said in an interview yesterday that apart from trying to raise funds for Dzaleka fashion industry, the event…

Moda reunites with Ma Blacks

Prior to Black Missionaries’ two shows at the weekend, all talk and focus was on Moda Fumulani’s return to the band. Moda was returning to the Black Missionaries fold after a not-so-eventful stint with the Wailing Brothers Band after he unceremoniously broke ranks with his cousins a couple of years ago. It was, therefore, a…

 Traditionally, Malawi as nation has not been known to have a deep affinity for jazz music. For some unexplained reasons, the genre has played second fiddle to other types of music. It is very uncommon to go to some entertainment joint and find patrons passing their idle hours away while enjoying jazz music, both local…

Continental opportunity for creative youths

Malawian creative youths stand a chance of getting the platform for international exposure courtesy of the Oscar of African Creativity competition organised by the Egyptian government. The initiative aims at supporting, promoting interest, talent and creativity of African youths in cultural, artistic and creative development-oriented activities and is open to all African youths aged between…

Blantyre as a city has earned itself the unenviable reputation of being a place which is not so welcoming when it comes to patronising entertainment events. In recent years, some event organisers have openly registered their displeasure at the way their organised events have been embarrassingly shunned. Some have gone a step further to declare…

Kwesta jets in today

South Africa’s rap music sensational Kwesta arrives in the country today through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) ahead of his anticipated performance on Friday. The star, who is expected to perform with a full live band which will accompany him from SA will be the headline act for Entertainers Promotions (EP) 30th anniversary celebrations slated for…

Free gospel music festival is here!

For the first time, 15 local gospel acts will come together for a two-day music feast dubbed Thanksgiving Gospel Festival to take place this Saturday and Sunday at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre. According to the organisers, the event which will be free of charge, has been organised to give back to the society for…

New local movie on the cards

A new local film, All We Have Is Us, produced and directed by renowned actor Ashukile Mwakisulu is in the pipeline. With a projected K5 million budget, the movie will feature some of the known names in the local film industry such as Mwai Simbota, Hope Chisanu, Juliet Royo, musicians Saint and Mr Born Richie. …

‘Manda A Mbuzi’  is not a grave

As one is driving towards Machinjiri Township in Blantyre coming from the Limbe direction, you cannot miss the beehive of activities that characterises the small trading centre that is Makheta. As you are approach the spot, you are bound to be greeted by a strange increased activity, with cars parked on either side, symbolic of…

Musical lawyer

Malawi is endowed with lawyers with talents, including music and writing. Topping the list of the lawyers with artistic talent are Edgar Kachere and Davis Njobvu who trade as the acoustic duo of Edgar ndi Davis. But, besides the duo, there are a number of other lawyers in the country doing music. What makes the…

Promoting raw talent

CoolPRO Entertainment is a reggae music promotion stable established in 2004 to promote local reggae and dancehall music. Through the years it has dedicated its efforts to build careers from scratch by working with raw jewels who have the potential but lack resources and the platform to turn into diamonds. Our Staff Reporter BRIAN ITAI…

F or the past two weeks, Nepman’s orbit has been spinning at a supersonic speed. Clearly. It needed quite an effort to catch up and remain abreast with what has been happening in the music star’s world. First, the social media was awash with fodder of his on-going spat with some Malawians who are living…

Shammah Vocals ready with second album

Gospel artist Shammah Vocals says work on his second album Asamala Yehova is almost through. The 10-track album is a follow up to his successful 2015 debut release No Reverse which has earned the musician rave reviews. So far, four singles from the yet-to-be released album are enjoying airplay. The hits are My Zoe, Grateful…

Umthetho Cultural  Festival clocks 12

The Jere Ngoni annual cultural festival, Umthetho will this year clock 12 years and organisers  say they are proud of the  achievements over the years. This year’s commemorations are scheduled to take place from August 10 at the Hora Mountain Heritage Centre in Mzimba. The festival will be celebrated under the theme Climate Change Adaptation…

T here were some good tidings reported last Friday in as far as local music is concerned. Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has started honouring the K153 million debt it owes the Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) in outstanding royalties. After several efforts from the copyright body in trying to force the taxpayer-funded MBC to start…