Mandele’s paintbrush hurdles

Malawi is one of the countries endowed with spirited and creative visual artists. Despite that art-making can either be a natural gift, a learned skill or a combination of both, it takes perseverance, imagination and a lot of hard work. However, regardless of the efforts put, the painters frustrations are many and most of the…

Gwaladi arrested, out on bail

Musician Joe Gwaladi was on Wednesday arrested in relation to allegations that he defaced and damaged the Malawian currency at Migowi Trading Centre in Phalombe district. The Tumbocid hitmaker is alleged to have committed the offence on 17th April this year at a drinking joint where he allegedly splashed, soiled and damaged K2000 notes. Confirming the development, Phalombe…

Gracious making strides in fashion

Over the years, Malawians have been accustomed to imported shoes, particularly from renowned labels such as Pierre Cardin, Boss, Gucci, Paul Smith, Versace, Polo, and Giorgio Armani. However, the trend is fast changing with locals displaying their entrepreneurial flair and crafting shoes in their backyards to sell in the streets. The shoes have become a…

Breaking boundaries in visual arts

It is no secret that visual arts in the country is hugely male-dominated and there are few women in the industry. However, visual artist and architect Lerato Upendo Honde believes women have what it takes to stand the heat. Recently, she hosted a solo exhibition titled Seasons at La Galleria (Old Town Mall) in Lilongwe.…

mAdA drops new single

Madalitso Kalikokha, known in music circles as mAdA, has released a new single titled Let’s Go. The Blantyre-based artist said he is excited about the new project, which is enjoying airplay on various radio stations and was produced by Gracium Mokoena at Ituma Music Production Studio in Blantyre. “People should expect inspiring messages in the…

‘Malawi’s fashion industry is on the rise’

Over the years, several urban artists have launched their products on the market, taking advantage of their fame in music. Rapper Fredokiss launched his Ntchana accessories line, gospel ace Faith Mussa launched Mdidi clothing line while hip-hop impresario Tay Grin launched his Chipapapa Fruity drinks. Now, gospel artist Thocco Phiri, who is also a seasoned…

Chibade crawls back

Some musicians are like flowers, they blossom and wilt quickly. But some shine until blown away by wind. Local music star Thomas Chibade once blossomed like Jacaranda trees in the streets of Blantyre with Ulova some 10 years ago only for him to fade quietly. Like a candle he was blown out during a hailstorm…

Pop Dogg releases Valentine’s single

Ireland-based Malawian rapper Pop Dogg has set the ball rolling during this year’s Valentine’s Day following the release of a new single which is ruling the airwaves. The new single, titled Vibes features the voice of Nigerian Afro beat singer Mazi Floss known in showbiz as Badman Floss and it also acts as a special…

King Chambiecco, Methix in collaboration

Dancehall artist King Chambiecco has collaborated with rising star Methix, real name Patrick Dewu, in a new project. Their artisticget-together has resulted in the new track titled Dyake whichwent on the airwaves on December 3 and is expected to form part of Methix’sdebut album NgatiMasomphenya.  Produced and recorded by artist Janta of Wangongole fame at…

Blasto decorates volunteers’ event

On Friday, reggae dancehall musician Blasto decorated the Operation Smile volunteers’ dinner with a surprise performance, which impressed fans at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe. The artist, who appeared midway during the dinner event, dished out two songs—Children Of  Today and Good Girl—lifted from his latest extended playlist (EP). In an interview after the performance, Blasto,…

New movie emerges from Balaka

  Life lessons, inspirations and entertainment. These are some of the elements of a new movie The Empty Blame to be released by Balaka-based film production company We Create Arts Theatre (Wecat). And, if the movie trailer is anything to go by, Malawians should brace for an interesting and mind-gripping action. The brains behind the…

Visual artist on the move

South Africa-based Malawian visual artist Jethro Longwe was first locally trained in Malawi before making it to the rainbow nation. His, is natural talent, decorated by a touch of academic training. Now that he is striving to advance his skill, Longwe says he is in arts school trying to advance his career. Longwe’s art exploits…

Salima around the clock

Salima is a warm and refreshing town in the Central Region of the country. With a population of a quarter of a million and growing, the coastal resort town is an important centre of tourism. The lakeshore district has also a lot to offer; the sandy beaches, tasty fishes, stunning lake view and, of course,…

Disc jockeying for a living

From performing at birthday parties and wedding events, Sam Kamphulusa is now up there. He is a disc jockey (DJ), who answers to the stage name DJ Wayne. Born on October 13, 1998 at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, DJ Wayne has distinguished himself on the decks. While many DJs are obsessed with international music, a…

Jimmy D Psalmist to rock Malawi again

Nigerian gospel singer Jimmy D Psalmist will perform in Malawi for the second time on July 7 at Comesa Hall in Blantyre as part of his Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) tour. He thrilled Lilongwe fans last month with a show that left many asking for more at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe.…

Waste for money?

In the city of Blantyre, Gertrude Gugu Mlanga has risen to stardom with an art idea most artists have neglected for decades. Born 25 years ago, Mlanga is into fashion design. While copycats are obsessed with fashion made from fabric, the young lady is into ideas that give the slogan ‘art is about creativity’ a…

Mhango back on airwaves

Gospel musician the Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango has released his 13th album Yahweh. The Chiuta Muweme hit-maker, who is also president of Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM), said the album was recorded by fellow artists Lulu and Grecium Mokwena at Mathumela Studios in Lilongwe and Ituma Studios in Blantyre respectively. “I’m so grateful to announce the…

From exile to a global music star

Perhaps, the autocratic leadership of Hastings Kamuzu Banda, that pushed many into exile, was an opportunity for Malawi if read from contributions some of the people that spent years in exile are making to the country. Music is one industry that seems to be enjoying more. The likes of Henry Masauko Chipembere walked into exile…

Choices series hits 100 episodes

Choices, a weekly television series that airs on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Television, has reached 100 episodes. The series’ executive director Thoko Tembo described the development as an achievement, but also a call for improvement. “We are happy for the achievement, but it is time to do stocktaking of the series to improve the production,”…