Piksy, Hyphen feed Ndirande orphans

  Urban music artists Hyphen and Piksy lived up to their pledge on Saturday when they fed over 100 orphans at Chikondi Disability Orphan Care Centre in Ndirande Township in Blantyre. In an interview on Sunday, Hyphen said he and Piksy carried out various initiatives as part of their double birthday celebrations which included hosting…

New documentary gets international recognition

  Beautiful clear beaches, fresh sparkling waters and dozens of species of fish are key features in a new local movie which celebrates the country’s culture and tourism. The documentary, The Moon and Lake of Stars, has attracted international recognition after being selected in two separate international festivals. After viewing during the International Ecological Film…

Fredokiss tells his story

  When rapper Fredokiss held a viewing session for his documentary at Chichiri Shopping Mall’s Underground Cinema in Blantyre, he shared his life story, which offered more than inspiration. In the documentary, In the Hands of thxe Young: Music as a Tool for Social Change, the artist seems equipped and determined to use his talent…

Zathu Pa Wailesi Season 3 promises more

Zathu Pa Wailesi radio drama series enters season III today with a focus on changing perceptions around gender equality and multiple relationships among the youth. The season features new radio drama Gogo and Timve Kwa Inu series and will also launch a debut on-air competition, Mzanga wa Nyatwa, in which listeners will win exclusive Zathu…

Blantyre: city of broke fun lovers?

As we jolt to the rhythm of music in halls during music shows or break into laughter while watching movies or stage plays, for organisers, it is harvest time. Certainly, such moments are realised after a process. Organisers engage themselves in a procedure­—coming up with an idea, thinking about costs and participants—and the decisions are…

Writers have space to express themselves

Fiction writer Ekari Mbvundula has set out on a new path in literary circles. Driven by her passion in story writing, has partenered her colleague Wonawaka Gondwe to create a platform for budding writers to showcase their skills. They are running storytelling sessions that are alternating between Blantyre and Lilongwe. In this interview, our reporter…

Kwathu impresses with Achitekwele

Kwathu Drama Group on Sunday afternoon turned Blantyre  Cultural Centre (BCC) in Blantyre into an arena of laughter, awe and intrigue with their new production Achitekwele. Written by Charles Mphoka, the cast was a marvel to watch. Emma Chikwembeya, Gift Lizakuwe, Mphoka, Ferguson Magona, Linda Chatha, Eric Mabedi, Moses Manda and Bon Kalindo delivered a…

Soul Raiders thrills BT fans

Lilongwe-based Soul Raiders Band on Sunday made a rare performance in Blantyre that turned Premier Lodge in Chileka into a three-hour non-stop dance and sing-along. Led by Prince Martin, the performance lived to the billing. The turnout was amazing and Entertainers Promotion was on point in terms of sound. No wonder, some patrons likened the…

Martse recreates Mabala 25 years later

  Twenty five years after Lucius Banda released Mabala, urban artist Martse has recreated the song in a hip-hop version. Mabala, a highly charged and hard hitting political song denouncing the ills of Kamuzu Banda’s one party era, is one of the songs that defined Lucius Banda’s music career. The song’s message still resonates with…

Documenting the 1967 uprising

Historian and labour researcher Paliani Chinguwo and lawyer Bruno Matumbi have embarked on a journey to tell a story which has rarely been told. They are calling themselves individuals with a passion for history who have come together to correct the country’s history. Chinguwo says: “The realisation is that after the Cabinet crisis of 1964,…

Most filmmakers are still learning

The film industry has made some strides over the years. Some filmmakers have received continental and global acclaim because of their outstanding work. In this interview, our reporter BRIAN ITAI talks to president of Film Association of Malawi (Fama) Ezius Mkandawire to shed more light on current developments in the industry. Q : How would…

Making a difference with guitar lessons

Guitar Club Malawi, a group of experienced guitarists and novices formed in 2015, says it has transformed many musicians into instrumentalists. The dawn of technology also promoted computerised music productions leading many artists to lose interest in playing music instruments such as the guitar. This, according to the club’s co-founder Wachituta Thombozi, is among the…

VP’S silence deceives no one

As the battle for presidency rages in the governing  party, one voice has conspicously remained absent—Vice President Saulos Chilima’s. The writing is on the wall that the power play in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is far from over, with President Peter Mutharika saying “the party is not for sale” and Chilima keeping mum on…

Ghetto Gutter signs up Daredevilz

  Ghetto Gutter Entertainment (GGE) has signed Daredevilz in a deal which will see the entertainment stable managing the group’s projects. The Daredevilz, which comprises biological brothers Marcus and Graiton GD Pasanje, said they have gone into the agreement for their growth and to enhance visibility of their brand. GD said they have been getting…

Cosoma Toothless?

Thirteen years ago, history was made in the music circles. Out of the blue, a unique voice depicting female metaphors was added to the music industry, and with Tchekela Maluzi, Collins Bandawe got it right and inscribed a signature that took local music by storm. From beer halls to homes, the hit, which mainly depicts…

One undisputed gifted musician that Malawi was blessed with is Joseph Nkasa. The artist is a fine weaver of lines, a flexible user of the vernacular language which he transforms into powerful verses when he is composing his songs. For all his undeniable ability, the man from Mayaka in Zomba has yet to find himself…

Vic Marley 14 years on

  On a day like this 14 years ago, Malawi music industry was dealt a heavy blow following the sudden death of dancehall musician Vic Marley in a tragic road accident in Blantyre. Born Victor Kunje, the artist rose to fame with his out-of-the-box lyrical presentation, his unique dancehall touch and freestyle. His smash hits…

Nyasa Guruz is back

  Nyasa Guruz, a seven member music group, stormed the music market in 2006 with an album Nthawi. It was journey to stardom for the youthful group. The response from the public was positive and the future promised more. Their release of their second Ndikudikira and third Tabwelanso, albums released in 2007 and 2009 respectively,…

Jacaranda cultural centre to the rescue

  Many players in the entertainment industry have cited lack of affordable entertainment venues as a contributing factor to the slow development of the industry. The situation is even harder for blossoming artists who lack the financial muscle to hire venues for various performances which are mostly overpriced and too huge for their following. From…