On Sunday evening in Seychelles there flowed some good tidings for Malawi as far as entertainment and arts is concerned. One of our own, Chimwemwe Kamkwamba, won the Miss Deaf Africa crown. The Malawian lanky beauty shrugged off competition from nine other contestants to win the coveted crown which last year was won by a…

Malawi to vie for Zuri Africa Queen crown

Malawian model Amber Chidzalo, who is the reigning Zuri Africa Malawi Queen, is set to represent the country at the Zuri Africa Queen continental showpiece in Kenya. The model will compete against representatives from 22 other African countries, including  Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroon, Somalia, Mozambique and DR Congo at the event slated for…

UMP awards nominees released

Organisers of Malawi’s top entertainment and arts awards, Urban Music People (UMP) awards have announced the list of nominees for the 2019 edition. The announcement was made on Saturday night at a colourful event at Waves in Lilongwe. Hilco, Kim of Diamonds, Sangie, Temwa and Tuno have been nominated for the best Female Artist of…

Malumulo Mission Hospital to undergo renovations

Malamulo Mission Hospital in Thyolo is set to undergo renovations courtesy of $2.4 million (about K1.7 billion) fanancial aid from US-based  Adventist Health International (AHI). Speaking at the inauguration of the works, AHI president Richard Hart, who is also president of Loma Linda University which manages over 40 hospitals across Africa and other parts of…

Matafale to be remembered

On Sunday, music lovers will once again converge at Civo ground at Singano village, Traditional Authority (TA) Kuntaja in Blantyre to celebrate the life of fallen reggae artist Evison Matafale. Since his death on November 27 in 2002, artists, led by Black Missionaries, stage a free show in November every year in his honour. In…

Learn from Nollywood—MultiChoice

Last week, Multichoice Africa hosted a group of journalists from across Africa to their annual media showcase event in Sandton, South Africa. The event was designed to provide a hint to their viewers on what they should expect in 2020 on their numerous platforms. Our reporter BRIAN ITAI attended the event and he caught up…

In 2003, regional pay-television service providers MultiChoice Africa premiered the first edition of a reality television show Big Brother Africa. The show had 12 housemates from 12 different countries. For a period of 106 days, the housemates played their game before viewers from  42 African countries. Malawi was among the 12 countries which representated in…

UMP awards back with new nomination format

Urban Music People (UMP) awards are back this year with a new nomination format as the organisers seek to enhance the credibility of the process. Previously, music lovers have raised concerns on how the short-listing process of nominees for the annual awards is done with some quarters suggesting that some artists are favoured. They argue…

Dikamawoko Arts dials up GBV fight

As Malawi joins the global community in observing the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), cultural and arts group Dikamawoko Arts has rolled out initiatives to amplify dissemination of GBV messages. Through their dancing troupe, the group has lined up several activities, including dances, poetry, music and drama performances to raise awareness, foster…

Amplifying the female voice through art

The country’s first ever feminist and femininity art and book festival is set to take place from November 23 to 24 in Lilongwe. Organised by Story Club Malawi, the event whose theme is The Pursuit of Happiness seeks to celebrate femininity, promote feminism and discuss gender issues through art and book talks. In an interview,…

Hope on Cosoma board

Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture chief director Martin Kadzuwa says he is hopeful that the Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) Board will become operational ‘very soon’. For some inexplicable reasons, the board has not been functional for over a year. Kadzuwa’s remarks have brought fresh hope that at last the board will start performing…

Around 2013 hip-hop artist Barry One did a song Trendsetters in which he featured fellow rapper Hyphen alongside local dancehall linchpin Blak Jak. The song, with its boastful concept, was a platform which the three urban artists used to throw contempt at their perceived detractors. They talked tough, displaying all the macho and boasting about…

For months, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has been overseeing an art competition, Tikonzekere Arts Contest. The contest centred around the theme: Communicating Flood Vulnerability Reduction Good Practices Through Arts in Malawi. Artists were required to come up with creations in form of drawings, music, poems, short videos and short stories that will…

US, Raising Malawi mentors young artists

Seventeen female musicians will benefit from free music lessons from the United States of America (USA)’s department of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) arts envoy programme. The US Embassy has partnered with Nvak, an American organisation, to provide year-round, in-person and remote lessons in song writing, music production, audio engineering, marketing and public relations to…

New comedy duo in town

Back in 1983 a comedy duet emerged on Malawi’s theatre landscape. The duo comprised John Nyanga alias Izeki and Eric Mabedi who traded as Jakobo. Izeki ndi Jakobo possessed rare wit and humour such that even by just stepping on stage they would send audiences into stitches by mere gestures and their often weird costumes.…

Economy bites hard on sand fest

When Impakt Events director Lucius Banda made his brief address during the opening of the annual Sand Music Festival at Kabumba Hotel in  Salima last Friday, he had one strong message. It was a plea of some sort, directed at the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Francis Phiso, who was the guest of honour.…

T he creative sector in the country suffers massively from lack of meaningful financial support. Players from the sector have complained for years on end, but the status quo remains the same. The art sector is viewed by many as a pastime which does not deserve heavy capital investment let alone the attention the players…

Sand Fest signs off on a high

After three days of a fun-filled music marathon, the ninth edition of the Sand Music Festival came to a close at midnight on Sunday. Having endured long hours of the music ride since Friday, the feeling was that come Sunday most patrons will have very little energy to go on with the artistic feast. When…