Millennials bring vintage

Their tender ages and exceptional creativity on vintage dressing that trended from 1960s through 80s to strike chords. These are youth from Bangwe and Majiga II townships in Blantyre and Balaka, respectively, trading under the PowerMwee brand. Their works have gone viral on social media platforms for flaring up smiles of the public with the…

Chalira’s hearty strokes

Establishing yourself in the art world is tough. It is, at most times, known for elitism, where connections to the right people could prove to be just as important as talent. Painting, for some, is one such art. And, in more than one ways. Visual artist Mayamiko Chalira has a bright future because he was…

Shammah Vocals releases new single

Artist Shammah Vocals has announced the release of his new single titled Excellence. The new single, lifted from his yet to be released second album Asalama, was produced by Gresham Mokoena of Ituma Productions in Blantyre. In an interview over the weekend, the artist said: “This song is the first to be released from the…

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.…