Movie delves into  Yao traditions

Young Travellers Theatre, a group of up-and-coming actors who mainly do stage plays, have embraced film acting and released A Beautiful Hen From The Yao Mountain, a movie celebrating Yao culture and traditions.      “We are basically a group that does stage plays. Adapting the stage play into a movie was not easy,” said Imraan Shaban,…

Praising God in song

Chigo Grace is relatively new in the music industry. She has blasted the music scene with her unique approach to music by singing purely worship songs. She first appeared on the scene at Faith Mussa’s Mdidi album launch. She has  released her third album and our Arts Editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with her to…

Understanding Maseko, Jere Ngoni

The Ngoni in Malawi are one of the most prominent tribes. From their distinct war regalia to their unique traditional dances, the Ngoni are special. However, there are two groups of Ngonis in Malawi; the Maseko and the Jere. Our Arts and Entertainment editor EDITH GONDWE tried to find out more about Ngonis. She caught…

Story of Ndirande

Ndirande Township in Blantyre is one famous place. From politics to economic activities, this is one township that is touted as a hub of activities of all sorts. From morning till dark, there is always noise, activity and interactions in this part of Malawi. It is also well known for its notoriety. Stories are told…

Fredokiss drops new single

Hip-hop star Fredokiss, real name Penjani Kalua, is back into serious music after his stint in politics. He has since released a single titled African Bride. The song, which features Lilia, Temwa and AK, celebrates the beauty of an African woman as well as the African continent. “I wrote the song after being inspired by…

Skeffa in pre-independence gig

Skeffa Chimoto says his show this Saturday will be one of the best events he has held in Blantyre. The Lilongwe-based singer is scheduled to perform at 20 Four 7 Entertainment Centre at Kameza in Blantyre from 8pm. “Though Blantyre is part of Malawi, I have not been to this part of the country for…

Using music to fight malaria

Jacaranda Cultural Centre will tomorrow host an arts exhibition. The brain behind the event is musician Code Sangala, who is also former Malawi representative at the Big Brother Africa television reality show and Quinn Annie Marie, a musician. Our Arts editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with Code to discuss the event and more. Q :…

Photography is an art

Photography is an art. These days it is a common sight t see people hiring HD photographers to take pictures on special occasions such as weddings, graduation ceremonies and corporate functions. It is for this reason that Dazzle Media, a photography company has launched a project called African Goddess which seeks to expose the beauty…

Song for women empowerment

Music unites people from diverse backgrounds and cuts across tribe, religion or political affiliations. In the same vein, seven budding musicians have teamed up to produce a song promoting women representation in all spheres of life. Team leader Trace Kanyongolo told On The Arts that as artists they decided to leave the profiting drive and…

Using art for youth empowerment

Hip hop artist Phyzix has just finalised a new album titled Solid. Prior to finalising the album, he hosted ‘Listening parties’ both in Blantyre and Lilongwe for various stakeholders in the arts industry. He is also the brains behind the political advocacy song Mutipatsa? Our arts editor EDITH GONDWE engaged the artist for more on…

‘We are looking for our lost sheep’

One of the oldest cultural groups in Malawi, the Chewa Heritage Foundation (Chefo) is protesting the emergence of a new cultural group called Bwalo la Achewa Foundation. The group, just like Chefo targets to promote the Chewa culture making it a parallel cultural group to Chefo. Edith Gondwe engaged Chefo secretary general Richard Mdyetseni to…

Visual artist extraordinaire

A walk around the newly built Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre reveals one thing: a touch of art on some of the selected walls and places inside the new building. The colourful paintings are a marvel to look at. The name behind the touch is Dalitso Alexioua Disi. The artist is a household name among visual…

Empowering women, girls through pageant

While Malawians wait for the Miss Malawi beauty contest, another pageant has been introduced. It is called the Miss Glam and Glory. The pageant seeks to unearth beauty and talent from all corners of the country while promoting education for the girl child. NPL’s EDITH GONDWE caught up with Faith Kaunde who is Miss Glam…

2018 cultural fests  And political vultures

Cultural festivals reigned supreme in 2018, as most tribal groupings, in the name of cultural heritage, decided to come together. From Mdauku wa Atonga to Muhlako wa Ahlomwe, it was a year full of cultural activities. From the lips of the cultural custodians, the cultural festivals were aimed at promoting culture. The year showed us…

Rock City to host Lulu tomorrow

Fun lovers in Lilongwe are set to experience something new thanks to a show R ‘n’ B artist Lulu and Mathumela Band will hold at Rock City. In an interview, Lulu, real name Lawrence Khwisa, confirmed the show, saying music lovers in the city should expect to see another side of him. “Mathumela Band and…

New entertainment place in LL

Lilongwe has a new entertainment and arts centre. It is called Rock City. Situated at Corporate Mall along Chilambula Road between Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) offices and DMI. It opened its doors on December 22, 2018 with live music performances. Our Arts Editor EDITH GONDWE engaged one of the owners of…

‘I am running to inspire’

On Sunday, December 23, artist Fredokiss, real name Penjani Kalua, announced his intention to contest as a Member of Parlianment (MP) for Blantyre City South Constituency. The artist, who is popular among the youth, made the announcement when he also launched his K1 million football trophy in Blantyre. Our Arts Editor EDITH GONDWE engaged the…