Promoting the Ngoni culture—Mngoha

As efforts to promote and preserve the cultures of various tribal groups keep going, the Mchinji Ngoni Heritage Association has engaged an extra gear to ensure that it is alive and living up to its core principles. Currently in the middle of raising funds for the upcoming N’cwala ceremony in Zambia, the Mchinji Ngoni Heritage…

We need more female guitarists

Female guitarist Britt C is one of the few passionate female instrumentalists in Malawi. From her days as a member of the all-female band Krazy Colours to her solo career, she is an accomplished musician. Recently, she announced her intentions to give free guitar lessons to girls to increase the number of female instrumentalists increases.…

Tigris releases Ndizothekera

Artist Tigris has released a single titled Ndizothekera, whose message highlights effects of climate change, floods in particular. The songstress has made the song with support from Conservation Music Malawi (CMMW), an organisation that uses music to promote environment convsersation. Tigris, real name Angela Mizinga, said she recorded the song to sensitise people on the…

The art of directing events

Back in the days, anyone with a clear voice would be given a microphone and direct proceedings at an event. It did not matter whether the person was a gifted public speaker or had the ability to connect with people. Recently, directing events has undergone a huge transformation. A person charged to do it is…

BT parts ways with a decade in song

Zambia’s Organised Family combined forces with Malawi’s Symon and Kendall and Thomas Chibade to bid farewell to the past decade as they welcomed 2020 with explosive music at 20 Four 7 entertainment joint at Kameza Roundabout in Blantyre.  Chibade stopped performing at exactly five minutes to 12 midnight to allow Disciples Band, which backed all…

New festivals: hits and misses

The year 2019 had some interesting developments in the arts industry. One of them was the introduction of new arts festivals. The major ones being Kukaya Music and Arts Festival, Zomba Mountain Music Festival and The European Film Festival. While the country already has a rich list of festivals worth the name, the coming in…

Beauties with purpose

Malawian ladies shine in 2019 Though the Miss Malawi beauty contest did not take place in the year 2019, the country still had a lot to celebrate about when it comes to beauty contests. On September 7, the country witnessed the first ever Miss Albinism beauty contest at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe.…

The year when cultural festivals ruled

To say that year 2019 was no ordinary year would have been debatable if it were not for several cultural festivals. Festivals such as Mulhako wa Ahlomwe and Umhlangano wa Maseko have become the annual fixtures, but have been joined by several others. Looking back, one can safely conclude that almost all cultural groups held…

Year of Gomani’s royal wedding

There were many weddings in 2019, but it was Inkosi Ya Makosi Gomani V’s wedding that stood out. Within the last six years Malawi has had the opportunity to witness royal weddings. In 2014, it was Gomani’s counterpart, a fellow Ngoni chief in Mzimba, Inkosi Ya Makosi M’mbelwa V who got married when he was…

Memorial concert to celebrate fallen artists

Some of the country’s fallen artists will be celebrated on December 29 in a special event dubbed Lilongwe Memorial Concert. The event, to be held at Masintha ground, will also see the launch of Youth Memorial Forum (YMF). YMF spokesperson Chancy Namadzunda said the show is designed to celebrate deceased artists while using the same…

Celebrating talent, beauty in foreign land

Despite being far way from their motherland, Malawians living in South Cape Town, South Africa, continue to proudly celebrate their heritage. From showing off their beauty, singing, dance, poetry, among others, the girls from Malawi  are ready. This year, taking place in Cape Town on December 26, at Camps Bay, the annual Miss Malawi Cape…

Promoting culture through music

Afro jazz artist Mzati is set to launch his latest project called Mtolo 1. The artist says from now onwards he will be addressing his albums as mtolo/mitolo (compilations) as a means of promoting his mother tongue. His last project was an album This is Malawi. Our Arts Editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with Mzati…

Gospel or inspirational music?

When musician Patience Namadingo decided to sing about other aspects of life other than gospel, which is what Malawians know him for, some of his fans were up in arms. They wrote on his social media pages and accused him of ‘abandoning’ his calling. Malawi has seen a number of artists abandon secular music for…

UMP Awards to honour Jai Banda

Urban Music People (UMP) Awards has named veteran music promoter and founder of Entertainers Promotions, Jai ‘Mr. Entertainer’ Banda, as this year’s recipient of UMP Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was introduced to recognise people who have made significant contributions to the local music industry. UMP director Ken Zizwa said the 2019 UMP Lifetime Achievement…

Preserving the environment through fashion

From today, the 4th edition of Africa Fashion and Arts Festival gets underway. The event ends tomorrow. However, this year the event is unique in that it is being held in line with practices that promotes sustainable and ethical fashion. Our Arts editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with Lorraine Kljajic, the director of Lush Africa,…

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…

Shammah Vocals ready with new album

Fast rising gospel artist Shammah Vocals says he is ready with his second album titled Asamala Yehovah. The artist, who rose to fame with the release of his debut album No Reverse, says he has done all the songs alone. “This album has been inspired by my upbringing. Things I have seen, and from all…

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…

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