Youth meet sets tone for Mulhako event

As Mulhako wa Alhomwe annual cultural festival starts this Friday, organisers have stressed the need for Lhomwe youths to learn and appreciate values of their culture while at a tender age. Mulhakowa Alhomwe chairperson Leston Mulli said it was important for Lhomwe youths to know and fully understand their culture if they are to effectively…

Music ready to take on malaria

Music Against Malaria project says it is confident that the cultural festival it will stage this year will boost its fundraising drive. The initiative, which is championed by musicians Code Sangala and Annemarie Quinn, this year committed to raise K19 million in aid of the children’s ward at Chikwawa District Hospital as part of its…

Plan Malawi poetry contest winners to be decorated

Winners of the Plan Malawi-organised poetry competition will today receive medals and certificates during the commemoration of the International Day of the Girl at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc).  Their appearance at the event will be marked by performances following the announcement of the top nine winners of the Rewrite Her Story poetry competition on…

Phyzix takes his Ghetto Festival to LL

After his inaugural Ghetto Festival, which took place in Blantyre last year, local hip-hop artist Phyzix is taking his ghetto dreams to Lilongwe this year. Under his It’s Only Entertainment (IOE) music stable, the rapper organises a series of one-day youth music shows aimed at connecting youths from Blantyre and Lilongwe cities. Phyzix said in…

Dear Pen Pal earns another feat

Actress and filmmaker Flora Suya has earned another feat with her second movie Dear Pen Pal following its selection to screen at the 2019 Nepal African Film Festival (Naff). The film is among 25 other movies from across the African continent after it satisfied a panel of selectors. The event, slated for November 2 to…

Art Exhibition opens at JCC

Doors opened at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre on Thursday evening for the second edition of the Malawi Lero Art Exhibition. The expansive JCC gallery was beautifully dressed with breathtaking and meticulously created paintings which captured a variety of the country’s stories in image form. The paintings told stories about Malawi’s escarpments, the smiles…

Local actors to benefit from US training

A window of opportunity has opened for aspiring local actors who stand to benefit from a peer interactive training organised by some local film players with support from US-based Vallejo Shakespeare. The group, which is being led by actor Kelvin Ngoma who starred in Malawi’s Hollywood movie The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, will receive…

A  problem is brewing up. The hunger by event organisers in fixing their festivals has almost led to a scramble for the most desirable dates. Desirable? Yes! The dates around month end present the most perfect time when event organisers are planning their events. It is normally a time when people are assured of having…

MultiChoice Talent Factory takes on board two Malawians

Two budding local creatives Mphatso Makamo, 22, and Chisomo Livason, 24, will be Malawi’s flag carriers during the regional 2019 Multichoice Talent Factory (MTF). The year-long programme, which takes place at the Zambian Institute of Mass Communication in Lusaka, aims at igniting Africa’s creative industry by training young African creatives and giving them hands-on industry…

S ometime last year, there was a music award event in Blantyre at Comesa Hall—the Nyasa Music Awards (NMAs). Being an urban themed event, the awards brought together almost all the top names that matter in the local entertainment industry. And to top the bill, the presenter of the awards was none other than South…

Dreadlocks for sale

Fashion, they say evolves. What is trendy today may not be an in-thing tomorrow. So many fashion trends, when it comes to dressing and hairstyles, have undergone numerous transitions, upgrading and transformation with time. Some permanently disappear yet some are revived in a slightly different form. Not so long ago, sights of women spotting short…

Rudo wears a new artistic face

Songstress Rudo Chakwera has unveiled her new artistic face following the publishing of her maiden book titled Finding Mr Right. In the book, Chakwera unpacks tools to guide youths, especially girls, as they transition into adulthood to aid them make crucial decisions that will impact their future and ultimately define their lives. The book’s back…

New reggae voice from Chileka

For decades, Chileka has become synonymous with music, from the genius of the Fumulani brothers Arnold and Robert, to the days of the reggae renaissance sparked by Evison Matafale. Even now, names such as that of Anthony Makondetsa alongside those of his Black Missionaries cousins Moda Fumulani, The Wailing Brothers Band, among others, have continued…

SandFest, Tumaini festivals clash

Two of the country’s big music festivals SandFest and Tumaini have clashed on dates when they will take place. But organisers of both events say they are not worried with the development. The SandFest, a brainchild of Impakt Events owned by music legend Lucius Banda, takes place at Kabumba Hotel in Salima from November 1…

Malawi’s hip-hop dream

There is a music voice. A voice, which from a distance, sounds youthful. Listening to this voice one is compelled to dismiss it outright. Yet, if one takes a moment to sieve the sense in the lyrics and punchlines that the young rapper, Waxy Kay, drops, you get a sense that the 20-year-old’s wisdom and…

A  few weeks ago, on this space, I shared my views on the current popular song Kwa George by Zambian B1. It is a song which is trending, which has also attracted some interest and debate to an extent. Without surprise, my entry also attracted some notable reactions. This week, I am, therefore, compelled to…

Namadingo takes his hat off to Lulu

It is rare that players from the same industry go public appreciating each other’s ingenuity. But in a pure act of class, musician Patience Namadingo has saluted the genius in his fellow artist Lulu. On the day that the acoustic music ace dropped his sixth album Better In Your Arms at Bingu International Convention Centre…

Lilongwe to have a music school

Youths aspiring to take up different roles in the music industry have a chance to access some formal training courtesy of a music school scheduled to open soon. Skappa DJ Academy is a brainchild of prominent DJ Skappa, real name James Ibrahim, and will be offering courses in DJing, sound engineering, video dj’ing, voice notes…