Gospel artist Patience Namadingo says his tour of Europe  has given him experience that will reshape his music career. Namadingo and his VIP Band have so far held four shows in Germany and Switzerland. “It was pleasant to get positive responses from an audience that has never listened to our music. Most of them said…

Kamuzu gets praise in new play

His name is mostly associated with oppression and cruelty during the 31 years of his reign, but in the new play, The Walking Ngwazi, theatre lovers got to appreciate the other side of the country’s founding president Hastings Kamuzu Banda. Staged for the first time at HS Winehouse in Blantyre on a chilly Friday evening,…

Culture tourism possible for Malawi

  Malawi’s rich culture and traditions can be a source of revenue for the country if well packaged, director of museums and  monuments Elizabeth Chindebvu-Gomani said. Speaking on Friday during the commemoration of the International Museums Day, Chindebvu-Gomani said the world is exploiting culture tourism which Malawi can also exploit. “We need to embrace culture…

Spreading God’s word in song

As local artists continue to make music, a new gospel duo called The Fortress has entered the scene. Comprising sisters Tamanda and Thabi Kamwangala, the new duo is promising to be a force to reckon with if their latest single Eagle is anything to go by. Our Arts editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with the…

Nthano goes on stage

  Padangokhala (once upon a time)…tili tonse…These are the famous opening lines of folktale sessions in Malawi. Children growing up in Malawi will recall that in the evenings they would all gather by the fireplace, listen to their grannies and elders narrate stories to them. While it was a source of entertainment, the folktales brought…

Mutag, Pamthunzi Arts goes to Lilongwe

  After successfully staging The Secret Life of Us in Blantyre, Zomba and Mzuzu, Mzuzu University Theatre Arts Group (Mutag) and Pamthunzi Arts are taking the play to Madsoc Theatre in Lilongwe this Friday May 18. Mutag Arts director Misheck Mzumara said the play, which demystifies the life of commercial sex workers, is helping to…

Beautifying homes through animal artifacts

Along the M1 Road from Blantyre going towards Chileka Roundabout, as one approaches Dorvic Hotel, one cannot help noticing the artistic expressions of animal artifacts such as giraffes and zebras. The animal artifacts, in different sizes and shapes, are so colourful that they attract the attention of passers-by and onlookers. Behind the colourful works of…

Miss Malawi is about beauty and brains

On April 28 Malawi witnessed the colourful ceremony of crowning the 2018 beauty queen. She is Tionge Munthali. However, in the aftermath of the ceremony, social media was awash with comments of dissatisfaction about the event, the contestants and other logistical issues. Our Arts Editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with Albert Banda, the chairperson of…

Who qualifies to be the beauty queen?

On Saturday night Tionge Munthali was crowned Miss Malawi 2018. The beautiful 24-year-old beat 14 other contestants to claim the crown. This was after going through preliminary auditions and regional finals. But at the end of the day when Tionge was crowned, social media was abuzz with both positive and negative comments about who fits…

New miss Malawi tomorrow

Cecilia Khofi will tomorrow night officially hand over the crown to her successor in Lilongwe. Khofi claimed the crown in the inaugural Miss Malawi pageant after two media giants revamped after a four-year break. Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) revived the contest under the theme ‘Beauty with Purpose’. Spokesperson for the…

Making culture a tourism attraction

Malawi is currently hosting the International Expo where among other things the country is selling its places of attraction, culture, food and warmth of its people. The expo started yesterday and ends tomorrow. Our Arts editor EDITH GONDWE chats with interim coordinator for Malawi Cultural Heritage Association (Macha) to find out their role at the…

Miss Malawi in final charity event

  Outgoing Miss Malawi Cecilia Khofi yesterday had her last official charity event in Mpemba, Blantyre, where she gave assorted food stuffs to elderly men and women. Khofi, who hands over the Miss Malawi crown on Saturday, April 28 at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc), said she found it important to bow out in style.…

Pomp at Women’s Anthology launch

  Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) was on Saturday afternoon gripped with pomp and excitement when Malawi Writers Union (Mawu) launched a Women’s Anthology book titled A Grafted Tree and Other Stories as well as awarding the 2017/18 National Literary Awards (Nala) winners. Norwegian Deputy Ambassador Bjarne Garden who graced the event, said the two events…

Politics take centre stage in Chisiza’s play

  Current wave of politics in which former first lady Callista Mutharika initiated calls for youthful leadership took centre stage on Friday evening at HS Winehouse when Thlupego Chisiza and his Lions Arts Theatre staged a play titled What Lies Ahead. The six-member cast exhibited talent in abundance throughout the performance. Using English and Chichewa…

  There have been several findings that women who keep male company instead of fellow female company are happier. Granted. It is said that these women who feel comfortable with men as their close buddies suffer little stress from their friendship compared to those whose close friends are female. But today, I want discuss how…

Fredokiss in new project

  After cementing his stand in society as a youth activist through music, hip hop artist Fredokiss has embarked on a project to produce a documentary on the impact of music on society, especially the youth. In an interview, Fredokiss, real name Penjani Kalua, said he decided to produce a documentary titled Music As a…