Poetry is dynamic

Malawians have always loved poetry. From English to Chichewa, poetry has been around. Recently Sapitwa Poetry, a forum that promotes poetry released top 20 poems that impacted the country in the decade just ended. The list stirred a debate as to what constitutes true poetry. Our reporter BRIAN ITAI caught up with Dr Asante Mtenje,…

China brings culture to Malawi

The Chinese are known for a lot of things, including their culture which they hold dearly and display through different ways. On Tuesday evening, the visiting Chinese cultural troupe, Sichuan Province Song and Dance Theatre, showed how rich their culture is through an impressive traditional showcase at Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) in…

Finding joy in vintage styling

There is a new wave of fashion called vintage styling whose wind is blowing over the art and fashion landscape in Malawi. The fashion captures styles and designs that rocked the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. It is basically a journey back to the classic dressing such as bell bottoms, dapped trousers, the loud coloured shirts…

Chinese Cultural Troupe visits Malawi

The Chinese Cultural Troupe is in the country for a number of performances as one way of promoting cultural exchange between Malawi and China. The Sichuan Province Song and Dance Theatre, which arrived through Chileka International Airport in Blantyre yesterday afternoon, is scheduled to start its engagements today with a performance at Malawi University of…

Connie in home comforts

Despite the global and regional success that South African actress Connie Chiume has achieved throughout her illustrious career, she has remained proud of her Malawian origins. She prefers referring to herself as a ‘Salawian’. Though she is a frequent visitor to Malawi, her Malawian story has remained incomplete. Having starred in countless film and television…

Mzati duo thrives on live painting

When one sees Mzati Arts’ paintings, one cannot believe that they are 100 percent handiwork. The portraits are of high quality even though the painters have never attended any school of art. Mzati Arts firm comprises two University of Malawi (Unima) graduates who diverted from what they studied in college to do arts and craft…

I have rediscovered myself

She has always been Trizah Titus in the music industry until last month when she rebranded. She is now Nyago and has changed focus in the music she plays. Our reporter BRIAN ITAI caught up with Nyago to discuss the decision behind her rebranding and what necessitated the change. Q : Music lovers have known…

W ould I be wrong if I made a proclamation that local hip-hop artist Phyzix is the most happening and trending musician now in the country? If I were wrong, then I am not too far from the truth. Sifting through the social media platform, one cannot miss the huge presence of the lyrist. His…

Filmmakers cry for recognition

Dissatisfied by the support  the local film industry is getting from government and other stakeholders, concerned filmmakers have organised a symposium to discuss challenges facing the industry.  The filmmakers, drawn from different regions of the country, have raised questions over government’s laissez-faire attitude towards the industry despite its potential to contribute to the country’s economic…

AND festivals ‘rained’ in 2019

The year 2019 revealed one thing about the music industry; the hunger of organisers to stage music festivals. There was a point where one could feel a real scramble for spaces and dates to stage  music festivals. On top of the recognised music festivals that are held, there emerged new ones. Organisers mainly target the…

For weeks the social media has been awash with promotional posters of an event christened Summer Music Festival. As per the poster the event was slated for December 22 at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe. The line-up of artists was as appetising as it could get. South Africa’s multi-award winning afro-pop group were billed as headliners…

Wikise bombs 2019

It is not an exaggeration to say that one of the music artists who ruled in the year 2019 on the local front is Wikise. The artist has soared to levels that he probably did not imagine at the start of the year. From having his single Chikamphulikire reaching the number one spot on pay…

Creatives get busy over festive season

 A number of players in the local creative industry appear set to make full use of the festive season holidays by lining up activities. Although the mood appeared to have been dampened with the passing of music producer Joseph Tembo and Black Missionaries guitarist Owen Hulera, the creative industry seems to have put the disappointment…

Journalist Kaonga pens book on sex

Seasoned journalist Victor Kaonga has written a book Holy Sexual Intercourse to project the sacredness of the marital bed and denounce all sexual impurities in married life. In the book, the author challenges couples to attain a deeper devotion with God and love for each other. He also encourages couples to connect with God while…

For some time, one thing that has divided opinion sharply is the outcome of the numerous award events that happen locally. Rarely have people come to an outright agreement when it comes to winners of most awards. It is almost predictable that side-analysts will come up with their ideal list of winners off their unconventional…

Gwamba, Namadingo to unveil new albums

Lilongwe music and fun lovers will this Saturday be spoilt for choice as two of the country’s renowned musicians Gwamba and Patience Namadingo will unveil their new albums. Both artists have for months gone on a drive in promoting their launch events. Namadingo has been running several competitions through the social media. The winners have…

Wikise wins big at UMP

It was once again that time of the year when excellence in the local arts and fashion industry is recognised and rewarded courtesy of the Urban Music People (UMP) awards platform. So, on Saturday night people from all walks of life converged at Crossroads Hotel in Blantyre to witness the crowning of individuals for their…

The bushy experience at Kutchire

There is another unique world and style of living amidst the bushy surroundings that is mainly characterised by an impressive flora and fauna which fully defines Kutchire Lodge. The experience that the place offers is exciting and at the same time scary. The thick indigenous flora is home to some of the biggest and most…

So, it is that time of the year again. Already I can feel the yuletide and New Year mood in the air. Already, the Christmas trees are all over the place and shops are calling us to buy from them for they have slashed prices for their goods. Well, this is the time some shops…

Writers Global Movement scouts for talent

Writers Global Movement (WGM) Malawi Chapter has embarked on an initiative called hangout which is aimed at engaging budding writers in their learning institutions and communities. The initiative aims at unearthing raw potential, providing motivation and honing skills of budding writers especially girls. The exercise will be carried out nationwide with the help of regional…