Jah people, reggae king Bob Marley teaches us that time is the master. And that ticking master has allowed us to see rare things that were almost fairytales not long ago. These encounters includes Saturday’s Joy of Jazz concert featuring Grammy Award winner Earl Klugh, the jazz maestro who will whet our appetite with Tropical…

Chakwera’s bittersweet show at Njamba

Two limousines, each flying a black cock flag Malawians declined 20 years ago. A convoy under ceaseless hooting in support of the newest big thing on the country’s political scene. With political parties jostling for voters ahead of next year’s tripartite elections, it was discernible how Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera’s maiden…

Jah people, musician Limbani Banda-Dube, who once called Malawian music TRASH is not your conventional mind. When he made a cameo on MBC TV’s Music Splash on Saturday, it would have been easy for the self-styled Malawi’s Peter Tosh to join presenter Geoffrey Kapusa in ‘splashing on’ and praising the chaff the award-winning programme has…

Jah people, it is thrilling that Music Association of Malawi has set out to honour female artists who have earned coveted standings in a male-dominated industry. Sieving through the list, only Ethel Kamwendo Banda and Maria Chidzanja Nkhoma seem to be worthy of the recognition following decades of personifying the vibe  kukhala mkazi sichifukwa (Being…

Jah people, competition is nothing without upholding rules of the game. Two spectacles (or debacles) happened this week that affirm that disobeying the yardsticks we set is the sire of all patchiness, stagnation, deterioration and all that jazz. On Monday, The Nation reported Mangochi’s debut run in Sunbird Search for a Star, formerly E-Wallet Talent Show, evaporated…

Closing caregiver gap in Balaka

To educationists, the mention of Balaka conjures up images of teenagers dropping out of school due to early marriages. But reversing the well-documented aftermath of poor early childhood care and education need no longer be confined to the youthful dropouts. The Qadria Muslim Association of Malawi (QMAM), with funding from the Norwegian Church Aid, is…

State House clueless on Thyolo wrangle

Presidential press secretary Steve Nhlane has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the plight of Thyolo villagers displaced by a multi-faceted chieftaincy wrangle, saying the deep-rooted and complex conflict has no deadline. The presidency was speaking for the first time since December 25 last year when 92 Malawians from Ngomano in Traditional Authority (T/A) Thomas took refuge in an incomplete lodge at Bvumbwe Trading Centre…

Jah people, I am overjoyed by the second coming of the Standard Bank’s Joy of Jazz on September 21. With words like devaluation, floatation and austerity in the air, banks have earned disrepute for impoverishing interest rates, minimal reach to unreached populations and long queues to idle teller’s cubicles. But the return of the jazzy gala…

Time not on our side, gender activists tell JB

Malawi President Joyce Banda becomes the first woman to head the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) amid civil society’s calls to speed up the race for gender parity, especially by ensuring women access to land and other means of production. Speaking when Banda presided over the 10th anniversary of the African Union Protocol on Right…

Jah people, Malawians were shocked by the death of a youthful voice who gifted us loads of rhymes and love in his songs—Mafunyeta. Born Patrick Magalasi, the 25-year-old had a unique touch of dancehall, something that we thought had died with Vic Marley nearly 10 years ago. He was not just another urban music dude,…

Women’s role in circumcision

  Women have become a deciding factor as government is pushing to get boys and men undergo medical circumcision, which has the potential to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV by 60 percent, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). “Who said circumcision is all about men?” wondered Manuel Chimpaza, 31, while waiting for his…

The Sand Festival returns for the fourth year to the palm-fringed beaches of Lake Malawi in October, Lucius Banda and Sunbird Hotels Limited have announced. Briefing the press at the festival’s traditional home, Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi on Thursday, Lucius said the three-day fiesta will be back bigger and better from October 4 to 6…

Mmodzi mwa anthu amene adapezeka ndi kachilombo koyambitsa matenda a Edzi ndipo akukangalika kuphunzitsa ena za matendawa Hannah Mandanda wati ntchito yolimbikitsa anthu amene akulandira ma ARV kuti asasiye kumwa mankhwalawa ndiyaikulu. Polankhula pamaphunziro amene bungwe lothandiza  anthu amene adawapeza ndi kachilombo la Dream ku Balaka, Mandanda adati kusiya kumwa mankhwala kwadzetsa imfa zomwe sizikadakhalapo.…

Jah people, a week of dripping cold weather looks cocksure to transport us into yet another season of scorching sunshine when Lake Malawi offers a  memorable escape.  For party makers, the mention of summer sun and the continent’s third  largest fresh water body conjure up images of annual festivals that have  come to represent the…

Why Lucius envies the Blacks

Big is better. Soldier Lucius Banda, who has spent about two decades singing and nurturing new talent, feels let down by his band. During his fifth concert at Club Limpopo in Lilongwe last week, the self-styled ‘soldier’ spent about two hours entertaining a sizeable audience that had to do with a long drawnout list of…

Jah people, where was preparedness when Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) switched off the highly publicised Urban Music Party (UMP) and left fuming misfits throwing stones and broken bottles on stage last Saturday? I abstained from the dimmed party at the forsaken Blantyre Cultural Centre in protest to the pettiness and recycled vibe urban…

Queuing For a fresh start

Africa’s youths should revolt. Former South Africa president Thambo Mbeki, whose time in power and protracted legal battle with incumbent Jacob Zuma was marred by a resistance from hot-headed African National Congress (ANC) youth wing in 2009, unleashed the bombshell at a global leadership forum in Kenya two years ago. “To ensure that [the youth]…

Scaling down hunger

Even with the Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture projecting a 740 000 metric ton surplus in April, President Joyce Banda has been going around the country telling Malawians that they should brace up for fierce hunger which she prefers calling njala yoopsa. For Mary Kampake, the President’s forecast, repeated during her recent tour of the North,…