Financial hiccups delay Joyah’s Chilembwe biopic

Shemu Joyah’s latest film project, the $1million (about K450 million) John Chilembwe biopic, which he intended to start shooting two years ago, has been further delayed by lack of funds. In an interview with The Nation yesterday, the movie director admitted that he needs financial assistance from other institutions to implement the project However, fans…

Emcees fight for territory

  The increase in a number of masters of ceremonies (MCs) for events such as weddings, engagements, and bridal showers has forced some MCs to form an association — Masters of Ceremonies Association of Malawi — to coordinate some of the activities of the members. However, other MCs who do not belong to the association…

  Kumbukani Milundo who is popularly known by the moniker Kumbu, has started his gospel music career with songs Sanalore and Mtima Wanga from his upcoming untitled debut album. The Wakwiya Ndi Mfiti hitmaker has recorded the songs at Lohay Studios in Blantyre by Steve Meleka. In Sanalore, the artist talks about a dead loved…

Ma Blacks rearrange set at Mibawa re-launch

  Since the release of Kuyimba 9, their latest album, Black Missionaries’ routine got so monotonous that a keen patron of their shows would guess how their show went without being there. The Chileka-based band seems to have noticed what was needed—a little spontaneity. That is what they did at the re-launch of Mibawa Café…

14 musicians sing for people with albinism

Fourteen Blantyre-based musicians have recorded a song titled We are One that speaks against the killing of people with albinism. Four languages have been incorporated in the nine-minute long song and among the 14 musicians is Ismael Katawala, Trace Kanyongolo, Will J, L Factor, Joe Masi, Hilco, Paige, Ice, Alice Kanyongolo, C-30 D, Taliq and…

Malawian game goes android

With 7.7 billion mobile devices worldwide by December last year according to www.pennystocks.la and a boom in global smart phone sales by more than 25 percent as compared to the previous year, mobile phone game development is the way to go. According to www.appannie.com , games generated 70 percent more revenue than they did in…

Canvassing myths of Malawi

There are several aspects about Malawian culture that are not told, but the Germany-Malawi Symposium, held under the theme ‘Myths of Malawi’, has exposed more on local myths and folktales while highlighting their moral significance. The symposium, drawing artists from Malawi and Germany, has been taking place at Kris Heide’s residence in Mandala, Blantyre since…

Local arts PR consultant in Zimbabwe sales pitch

Malawi’s arts public relations (PR) consultant Emmanuel Mwanyongo has been selected to make a presentation at Impact Music Conference in Harare, Zimbabwe from April 29 to 30. He will be one of the African music entrepreneurs set to pitch their business ideas to the conference. The conference, which is being hosted by Harare International Festival…

Langa flies solo

Mike Langa Lulanga cannot fight a war single-handedly, but the Kamuzu Barracks-based soldier surely does not need fellow actors crowding his space as he spreads the gospel of Jesus Christ. The dramatist, who founded Yendizo Theatre, has finally went solo performing one act Christian plays. “I have decided to launch a solo career, which will…

Gospel musicians unite for church project

Six top gospel musicians have teamed up for a show at Robins Park in Blantyre on Easter Monday April 6 to raise funds for a multipurpose complex under construction at St. James CCAP Church in Zingwangwa Township. The Gospel Show, dubbed He is Alive Music Concert, will have Favoured Martha, Princess Chitsulo, King James Phiri,…

Photama to introduce annual awards

Noticing the gap that exists between local and international photographers, the Photographers Association of Malawi (Photama) plans to introduce annual photo awards in the country. In an interview with The Nation, Lucky Mkandawire, President of the association said they noticed that Malawi was the only country within the region that does not recognize the work…

Muthi on the rise

A decade-and-a-half ago, Muthi Nhlema was like many Malawians today—a religious reader of Malawian newspaper and a critic at heart. He filled the literally columns with red ink and often criticised them for lack of originality, creativity and imagination. “But the thing is I didn’t do any writing myself—I felt I didn’t earn the right…

Do we need ‘beef’?

The East Coast–West Coast hip-hop rivalry in the United States of America in the 1990s is arguably one of biggest musical rivalries in history. The feud was between artists and fans of the East Coast hip-hop with The Notorious B.I.G and his New York record label Bad Boy Records as the leading faces while the…

17-year-old premiers movie Sunday

Mid Media, in collaboration with Dikamawoko Arts, premieres The Designer, a movie which was directed by Chimwemwe Mkwezalamba on Sunday at Steers Gardens. The movie is centred on a protagonist Sharon (played by Vinjeru Kamanga) who is a financially struggling fashion designer told by her boss (played by Rina) to design for her ex fiancés’…

Andiamo Band off to Bostwana

Andiamo Band, winners of last year’s Chibuku Road to Fame competition, left for Botswana yesterday to take part in that country’s Road to Fame finals. Speaking in an interview with The Nation, Chibuku Products Limited (CPL) marketing and corporate affairs manager Chimwemwe Chikwana said the trip will give the band a chance to interact with…