Dikamawoko Arts in film production training

Local aspiring filmmakers have a chance to be drilled in basics of film production through a training workshop  organised by Dikamawoko Arts and Nyasa Films International.  The three-week training workshop, to take place from June 24 at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre, will see participants receive training in documentary production, short films, script writing,…

Jay jay cee lives Musical dream

It is not every day that you see a 10-year-old Standard Six primary school student lays bare his dream and wish to become a musician. While most of his peers were busy trying out new football skills on the dusty and rugged pitches as most youths do in their formative years, local dancehall artist Jay…

Namadingo counts Zamfest gains

For three consecutive years, artist Patience Namadingo has starred at Zambia’s biggest art, music and food annual festival, Zamfest. The artist says the experience has taught him plenty of lessons. Namadingo says his appearances at Zamfest have given him an opportunity to rub shoulders with Africa’s music great Oliver Mtukudzi in 2017, South Africa’s Mafikizolo…

It has been a quiet two weeks in the arts and entertainment sector owing to the fact that the country had to undertake its civil duty of electing office-bearers to take charge of national affairs for the next five years. As is expected, the electoral period  has its own way of affecting peoples life patterns.…

Return of live shows

Following the announcement of the May 21 Tripartite Elections results on Monday evening, life is expected to return to normal in the entertainment arena. The uncertainity which characterised the period between May 21 and May 28, especially in the wake of delayed presidential election results, affected several sectors, including the arts and entertainment world which…

  Well, voting in the much-anticipated May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections was over by 6pm on Tuesday. With unofficial results emerging from all corners of the country, it is always an exciting time for neutrals who are only watching from afar as  self-styled bigshots tumble and minnows rise. It is pure joy for those who…

Status Quo series to hit the big screen

  The modern world has been beset with challenges such as environment and climate change and human factors such as girl-child education. In his new television series Status Quo, actor-cum-film director Arthur Chokhotho has attempted to address these challenges as well as other matters that continue to affect human kind. The series’ storyline revolves around…

Journalistic lessons through mithi’s lens

  In his yet-to-be launched Theory of a Scribe, author Dingaan Mithi has taken time to offer insights into the world of investigative journalism. Through the year-long research, Mithi brings to the fore the dangers journalists face in their line of work every day. He talks about powerful and autocratic governments and wealthy companies that…

Due to competing priorities, I had no time enough to drop this entry last Friday much to the dismay of my dear landlord Wabweka James Chavula. He could not help it, but lashed out at me when he got himself a copy of last week’s publication while in Mzuzu for World Press Freedom Day celebrations.…

‘A cartoonist is rarely on holiday’

Renowned newspaper cartoonist Haswell Kunyenje is holding a month-long art exhibition at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre. The exhibition has featured portraits of 25 public figures drawn from various sectors such as politics, music, culture and business, among others. Our Staff Reporter BRIAN ITAI caught up with him to get more details about the…

Public figures exhibition ignites excitement

Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) arts and education programmes manager Constance Thyangathyanga says a free art exhibition by cartoonist Haswell Kunyenje has bestowed prestige and honour on public figures. Through his month-long exhibition which started on Saturday, Kunyenje has produced 25 portraits of some influential figures who, over the years, have informed opinion, shaped perception and…

When art adds colour to politics

With 14 days to go before Malawi goes to the polls, the electioneering fever has swept across all sectors in the country as political parties intensify their bid to woo votes. The political players are exploiting every possible space and using different strategies to get the numbers on their side with their eyes firmly set…

Art players commends new artistic project

Theatre and visual art players in the country have described an in-coming artistic project, Staging Times, as a step in the right direction in the promotion of their respective sectors. The Staging Times is being championed by Migrant Arts, a local organisation which focuses on visual and performing arts, in cooperation with visual and performing…

Faith Mussa weighs in on political campaign

Musician Faith Mussa, in his new single Sitimadya Ndale set for release today, has taken a swipe at politicians for fronting lies and unattainable promises during campaign. In the song, which features poet Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa, Sangie and Suffix, the artist has also decried politicians’ tendency of using youths to achieve their goals during campaign and…

Meet Che Nkope

There is one individual who has found freedom on the creative strata, flexing himself seamlessly and flipping from one fold to the next. Over the years, media personality Nicolas Mbonera has satisfactorily fitted in the robes of a musician and perfectly rolled into a comic radio cartoon character. In early 2000s, Mbonera joined forces with…