Malawi films influenced by politics—scholar

In his paper, Factors Affecting the Growth of the Malawian Film Industry published in the journal of Development and Communication Studies, Chancellor College theatre academician Mufunanji Magalasi explores the challenges in the Malawian film industry from colonial times to the present. Magalasi, who is associate professor at the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Chancellor…

Mjura, Faith Mussa,Mawanga in Norway

  Airtel Trace Music Star Malawi winner Sam Mjura Mkandawire, award winning gospel musician Faith Mussa, Afro-soul musician Peter Mawanga and Marlyin Chakwera are carrying the Malawi flag to Harstad, Norway where they will perform at the Northern Norway Arts Festival on tomorrow and Thursday. In an interview from Germany yesterday, Mussa said he will…

Sonye’s Tsika thrills

  Who throws a party without Sonye’s Tsika being on the playlist? Which DJ does not have Tsika on their playlist? The traditional up-beat song is one of the most overplayed songs the past three months. But it is not the first time the 25-year old is rocking the airwaves with his danceable tunes. The…

Family musical picnic on Sunday

  The Music Club will on Sunday host a family music picnic at the Music Club Park at HHI campus in Blantyre. The event will have performances from the music school students and guest artists such as Waliko Makhala, Patience Namadingo, David Mariot, Bryan Mundy, John Benitto and profesional Classical musician Arjan Visser from Holland.…

Sand Fest season six on October 30

Sunbird Sand Music Festival has announced the return of the festival with its sixth season of the festival on October 30 to November 1 at Sunbird Livingstonia Beach in Salima. “Today the 15th of June 2015 the Sand Music Festival Organisers announces its return with another epic 4 days of music and outdoor play,” reads the press…

Chizondi spits fire at Blacks’ critics

It was a Black Missionaries show as usual, but when he took up the microphone to add colour to the Chileka group’s performance, keyboardist Chizondi Fumulani spat fire at critics of the band who have gone to town following the release of four singles off the band’s Kuimba 10 album. The band released Sikwathu, Tidzingocheza,…

Vic Marley to live again

Fallen dancehall musician Vic Marley might live again on the big screen as his family plans a biopic documentary of his life. According to the family of the Ndikadzamwalira hit-maker, the documentary, which is simply titled Vic Marley, will include accounts of his life as narrated by family members and interviews with his colleagues who…

Chaff, wheat in Malawian music

For quite a while, Malawian musicians have lamented the low airplay their music receives on local radio and television stations. Some musicians accuse radio DJs of preferring foreign content over local music. Others, still, have faulted lapses in the country’s policies and laws for not obliging TV and radio stations to prioritise local talent over…

Music for a cause

  Kim to sponsor school dropouts through album sales Art in life is an outlet for self-expression of all kinds of emotions. To celebrate art is to celebrate human expression in the different forms it takes. And using this as the basis of her music, new gospel artist Kimberly Kaunda says she will use her…

Malawian movies missing the market

When one walks in the markets in cities and towns in Malawi they are most likely to find pavilions of CDs and DVDs. Upon closer inspection, one notices that Malawi has more movies besides the popular Last Fishing Boat, Seasons of a Life and Bell’a. It is evident from the covers that most film-makers that…