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…

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…

Introducing Legends Night

As the country’s creative industry continues to improve itself and create opportunities for its players, a new firm promoting the arts, Amaravi Creatives, has announced plans to host the Legends Night. Our Arts Editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with the co-partners of the stable Allan Junior Chidzanja and John Kamanga to get more details on…

Beautiful melodies at free gospel show

Gospel artists on Saturday and Sunday treated their fans to a free concert at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre. From sound output to  artists’ voices, it was an impressive festival. The patronage, however, was not impressive on the first day, probably due to the Blantyre soccer derby taking place at Kamuzu Stadium. One by one,…

Bangwe’s got talent!

The stage is set and the talent is overflowing. The youth are ready and fun seekers are anxiously waiting to see what they will witness when the ghetto youths from Bangwe Township take to the stage to showcase what they are made of. This is the first ever Luso La Bangwe Arts Festival. Often associated…

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…

Reflections on july 6 independence party

Malawi became an independent State on July 6 1964. When the black, red and gree, National flag with a rising sun on the black background was raised. It replaced the Union Jack (British flag). Since then, July 6 every year is celebration time. This year Malawi marks 55th Independence Anniversary. However, there are changes in…

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…