Art, culture showcase at Takulandirani Expo

Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture has said it will ensure that local arts and culture are well projected during this year’s Takulandirani Malawi International Tourism Expo (MITE). The three-day event is expected to start today at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe till Saturday where there will be a public fun day. The…

Mpina captures life in Blood Suckers

Writer-cum-poet William Mpina has captured the rising and falling, fear and uncertainty, love and death in life through his latest publication Blood Suckers, a collection of his 77 poems. This is the writer’s fourth book after Njiru, Namayeni and Shadows of Death and Other Poems. Speaking in an interview yesterday, Mpina said he wanted to…

M1 Centre Point seeks court relief

Management of M1 Centre Point has sought court relief following the decision by Lilongwe City Council (LCC) to revoke the entertainment centre’s business licence due to unchecked noise pollution.  On Friday, through their lawyer Powell Nkhutabasa, the management moved to obtain a court injunction against the council’s decision, but it was unsuccessful. This forced them…

The countdown to the May 21 Tripartite Elections is sliding quickly. Every party is doing its utmost to show the populace they are the most deserving to be entrusted with affairs of running government in the next five years. Now all the front runners in the polls are armed with their manifestos which they have…

In mid-2017 there was a song, Delilah, which shook local radio airwaves, television stations, clubs and other entertainment joints.  The song, done by Saint, real name Yamikani Chikwawe, was a composition which was put together with tight discipline. The artist left nothing hanging and his delivery was straight from the heart. Production of Delilah’s video…

Perhaps the allure to share the stage with some of the biggest names in the region is huge and irresistible that some local up-and-coming artists have decided to cheat their way on the Nyasa Music Festival platform. In their quest to help promote and expose young talent, organisers of the April 19-21 inaugural festival, Nyasa…

Just how could an individual love writing so much? That is the question most have when they look back at the life of Malawi’s devout writer and historian Desmond Dudwa Phiri (alias DD Phiri) who was buried on Tuesday at HHI cemetery in Blantyre.  The long-time revered columnist gave in to a pneumonia bout in…

When guitar maestro Lulu started out on his music journey close to two decades ago flagging his Magwilagwila tune, one could easily dismiss him as just one of those wannabes. His presentation in this song, which was dominantly R ‘n’ B swiftly threw him in the category of those pretenders who for lack of better…

Last Sunday, February 24, marked 20 years since the death of the country’s theatre maestro Du Chisiza Jnr. He was the man who single-handedly revolutionilised English stage drama in Malawi between 1983 and 1999, the year of his death. He had a passion for drama. He had a dream. He had a mission about theatre…

When guitar maestro Lulu started out on his music journey close to two decades ago flagging his Magwilagwila tune, one could easily dismiss him as just one of those wannabes. His presentation in this song, which was dominantly R ‘n’ B swiftly threw him in the category of those pretenders who for lack of better…

Lawi in his ‘thirties’

Before music lovers are yet to do away with his highly-acclaimed album Sunset in the Sky, musician Lawi has announced the commencement of work on his new album. The now South Africa-based afro-soul singer has gone against the tradition he set after releasing his hot-seller Lawi about six years ago when it took him four…

Artists decry attacks of people with albinism

As the country is grappling with the spate of killings of persons with albinism (PWAs), art players in the country have also stood up against the atrocities. Using their platform and prominence, several artists have denounced the growing tendency which has gathered fresh momentum in the last three months with numerous cases of killings, abductions…

Kamkwamba’s movie wins over sceptics

When Netflix released The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind official trailer which depicts the truelife-story of Malawian William Kamkwamba, debate ensued on the Chichewa accent used in the Hollywood produced film.  However, the perception of Malawians on the movie, directed by American Chiwetel Ejiofor and shot in Malawi, seems to have shifted since the feature…

Living on drawing, painting in RSA

Drawing is an activity that almost every person has ever participated in at one point in life. Minus the lessons children undergo during their formative years at school, drawing is an inevitable pastime on the playgrounds that every child takes part in too. However, drawing remains one of the most sophisticated forms of art. Using…

Last Sunday, February 24, marked 20 years since the death of the country’s theatre maestro Du Chisiza Jnr. He was the man who single-handedly revolutionilised English stage drama in Malawi between 1983 and 1999, the year of his death. He had a passion for drama. He had a dream. He had a mission about theatre…

Beyond music market

Most of the local budding artists talk about the struggles they face when they are establishing themselves. Mainly, they share the troubles they encounter in trying to sustain themselves financially. Some sail through while others are pushed to the peripherals by market dynamics. Some artists, even after earning household-name status, have found the going very…