Daliso Chaponda listed for Rose D’or award

United Kingdom-based Malawian comedian Daliso Chaponda has one more thing to smile about after his radio show got nominated for the prestigious Rose D’or awards. The event to announce the winners will take place on December 1 at Kings Place in London. In an announcement on the awards’ website www.rosedor.com, Chaponda’s radio programme Citizen of…

This is my homecoming

Gospel artist Suffix will on November 10 host a free show at Zingwangwa Youth Centre ground in Blantyre. The artist grew up in Blantyre’s Chilobwe Township, but moved to Lilongwe in 2017. The show, according to him, is a homecoming event meant to celebrate his success with friends from his childhood. Our Arts Editor EDITH…

Tumaini divas!

Today and tomorrow, most roads will lead to Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa where the sixth edition of Tumaini Arts Festival takes place. The two-day event is a symbol of hope and love among people from diverse backgrounds. However, one unique feature, for this year’s edition is the promotion of the female voice. From poets…

I deserve this award—Tay Grin

The London Political Summit last Friday awarded hip hop artist Tay Grin with Best Emerging Politician 2019 Award. The award ceremony took place in London and the artist went to accept it. However, some Malawians on social media questioned how the artist was chosen among scores of youthful politicians with some insinuating that the artist…

Lazarus makes it

Artist Lazarus Chigwandali has finally realised his dream of having a secure home, thanks to his talent. In the wake of attacks on persons with albinism in Malawi, Chigwandali, a musician with albinism, felt insecure at his old house in the outskirts of Lilongwe City. As a matter of fact, he was a victim of…

Let creatives market themselves more

Last week, the country hosted its first ever European Film Festival. The festival was held both in the cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe. The opening of the event was graced by Black Panther actress Connie Chiume who many Malawians may also remember for her role as Mamokete Khuse in the South Africa’s hit series Rhythm…

Movie industry is struggling

Gosm Films is an up-and-coming movie production company with a series running on State broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and a new movie released. Our Arts Editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with Gosm Films director Isaac Misoya for details. Q : Your production house has just released a movie titled Don’t Die. You also produced…

Music Against Malaria Music Festival

Sometime 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 African…

Youths urged to be productive

Youths in Blantyre have been advised to use their time profitably by engaging in charity work instead of just loafing around. Youth Mindset Change director Valentino James made the remarks on Saturday when his organisation made a donation of various items to Chileka Health Centre in Blantyre. He said as young people, it is important…

Beauty with brains

Before September 7 2019, the name Chikondi Kanjadza was not known in Malawi and media spaces. But all of this changed on that Saturday evening when Malawi witnessed the first ever Miss Albinism at a glittering ceremony at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe. After an entertaining and fun-filled competition, the judges made their…

Introducing Malaikah!

The Malaika is synonymous with a Swahili love song. Not many Malawians, however, realise that we have our own Malaika. Sheilla Mkhumba, who uses Malaikah as her stage name, is a promising Malawian musician based in the United Kingdom. She has already established herself overseas and is now trying to make inroads on the local…

Rudo chakwera, others show their jazzy side

It was a celebration of jazz music. The music associated with maturity, opulence and attention to detail. This was the Lilongwe Jazz Festival. On the line-up were a number of female artists though male performers dominated. Familiar female names included one Rudo Chakwera who is a household name on the gospel front. Jazz lovers were…

Tumaini festival is back

Life at a refugee camp can be challenging. Living in foreign land not out of will but running away from war and other life threatening situations is what brings people to refugee camps. As a way of coping, one Menes La Plume founded the Tumaini Festival which not only promotes talent at Dzaleka Refugee Camp…

Lulu gets better in new album

Guitar wizard Lulu’s new album is clear evidence that the artist’ music is like old wine that gets better with age. From the maturity of the lyrics to the sound output, his new album, Better In Your Arms is a fine piece of art. In an interview yesterday, Lulu, real name Lawrence Khwisa said the…

Lions bring Janta, Tigris together

Due to their love for the lions, artists Janta and Tigris have come together and recorded a single titled Mikango. Under the management of Conservation Music Malawi,in partnership with Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT), the two artists have recorded the song to inspire tolerance, respect and pride for lions. In an interview, Tigris said the song…

Using music, drama to communicate

Zathu Series is a youth-based cultural brand that combines music and drama to communicate important messages of education, art and life in general to the youth of Malawi. Now in its fifth season, Zathu has made quite an impression on the arts front in Malawi. Our arts and entertainment editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with…