Madonna’s special birthday celebrations

American pop star Madonna says she will celebrate her 60th birthday with a fundraising activity whose proceeds will go towards supporting orphans and children in Malawi. The artist told The Associated Press that the proceeds will benefit her charity, Raising Malawi Foundation. “I have teamed up with Facebook for the fundraiser which runs from August…

Faith Mussa’s second coming

Gospel artist Faith Mussa is scheduled to launch his album Mdidi tomorrow at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe. While Mussa was in rehearsal, our Arts Editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with his manager Sam Chibaka to talk more about the launch and Faith’s music career. Q : Faith Mussa is launching his album…

BNS Youth Centre in arts promotion drive

Bingu National Stadium (BNS) Youth Centre under the Ministry of Labour, Sports, Youth and Manpower Development will on August 11 host the international Youth Day to promoting art and talent among young students. The day falls on August 12. Temwanani Luhanga, coordinator of the BNS Youth Centre and chairperson of the event, said the event…

Jazz is a beautiful genre of music

Jazz artist Erik Paliani has been around for decades. He started his career as a young man before joining the Acacias Band. Then he trekked to South Africa where his career blossomed. He went on to release his album Chitukutuku which earned him the much-admired South Africa Music Awards (Sama) nomination. This cemented his name…

Ladies and gentlemen, Malawi is one beautiful country with a rich history. Time and time again we hear a lot of interesting events that took place long time ago before many of us were born. These events made history; they shaped the future of our country. Through books and oral narrative we hear of interesting…

Madonna proud of Mercy James Centre

  American pop star Madonna says she is proud of the services offered at the Mercy James Centre for Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre which she funded through her charity. The pop star showered her praises yesterday after touring the facility named after one of her adopted…

Nic Thindwa releases new video

Hip hop artist Nic Thindwa says he is aiming at making an impression on the international scene following the release of his new Boom Boom. The song, which features Jerome, real name Bizwayo Jere, was produced by Tricky Beats. Thindwa, who is based in the UK, says he is aiming at consistence. “I want people…

Fun, dance at Tay Grin free show

  It was an afternoon of fun, music and dance at Kamuzu Stadium upper ground when hip hop artist Tay Grin held his much-publicised ‘free show’. Billed as a ‘thank you’ show for his fans for voting for him during the recently held Nyasa Music Awards, Tay Grin real name Limbani Kalilani started the show…

Sweet surprise from Eric Paliani

  Blantyre jazz lovers were in for a pleasant surprise on Friday when Eric Paliani gave a free surprise performance at Mibawa Arts Cafe. Supported by JJ Munthali on bass guitar and Lightone Chisuse on drums, Paliani gave an impressive performance to the sizeable crowd that had gone to Mibawa to chill. Strumming his lead…

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…