Arts project combines photography, theatre

Local arts company, Migrant, is part of organisations from six African countries exploring different dimensions of combining visual and performing arts. Through a project called Staging Times, the design of the concept is to see pictures providing a source of inspiration for theatre artists in Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, Burundi, Mali and Burkina Faso. Migrant…

Namadingo to share stage with Temptations

Organisers of The Temptations show have announced that Patience Namadingo will be the local supporting act of the US group’s show scheduled for August 31. The organisers, Africa Global Travel and Tours, say the award-winning artist has been chosen because of his growing popularity. “We wanted someone who appeals to many people as well as…

Fashion expo takes a break

The Winter Ankara Fashion Expo (Wafe) will not take place this year due to what organisers term as “both internal and external factors”. The development means one of the three main fashion events in the country is off the calendar. Organisers of the event, The Creatives, say the event that since 2015 has been the…

Mpamire’s Malawi moments

Top Ugandan comedian Herbert Ssegujja, popularly known by his stage name Teacher Mpamire, was in the country for three shows in Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre. The comedian started his countrywide tour on Friday evening in the country’s northern city with an impressive performance at the Sunbird Mzuzu Hotel. On Saturday he performed at Lilongwe Hotel.…

Beauty is skin deep

It promises to be a beauty contest and a talent show with a difference. While the country has seen beauty contests over the years, it has never experienced one whose contestants and models are persons with albinism. For years, people with albinism have stayed in the sidelines. Watching as young people strut their stuff on…

The Lilongwe Jazz Festival (LJF) is back this year with a special platform for secondary schools and college bands that play jazz music set to take centre-stage. Organisers say three international performances are set for this year’s edition of the festival. Scheduled for August 30 and 31 at the Lilongwe Golf Club, the second version…

Malawi premiere of Lazarus documentary

After a successful premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, the documentary of Malawian musician, Lazarus Chigwandali will be screened in Lilongwe. On June 14 fans will experience the astonishing life of Chigwandali, a person with albinism, who is using his music and his story to stop the murder and mutilation of…

Malawian artists cherish Bushfire moments

 Malawian artists who performed at the MTN Bushfire Festival in e-Swatini, formerly Swaziland, over the weekend say they will live to cherish the moments they shared with fans. Kufewa Acrobatics, makers of the internationally acclaimed kung-fu movie Town Monger, together with slam poet and musician Menes le Plume represented Malawi at the festival that ran…

‘Working on Deep State was great’

  After an appearance in award-winning Hollywood film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, local actress Lily Banda returns with a role in British espionage thriller, Deep State 2. Now Lily’s fans are watching her latest exploits through DStv Fox channel 131. In this interview with our reporter YVONNIE SUNDU (YS), Lily (LB) talks of…

Agide to tour SA

  Veteran musician Gidess Chalamanda is set to tour South Africa next month. Together with acoustic duo of Edgar ndi Davis, the octogenarian is scheduled to perform in Johannesburg during the first weekend of June.   In an interview on Monday, Davis Njobvu said the idea is to create a profile for the country while…

Lazarus wins Tribeca award in US

Musician Lazarus Chigwandali is one of the recipients of this year’s Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards (TDIA) which are part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, United States. The award follows the successful screening of Lazarus’ documentary at the festival, according to producer Johan Hugo. “He has been recognised with a personal Disruptive Award…

Ma Blacks steal show at SA festival

The inaugural Africa Music Connect Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, promised fun while talking against xenophobic attacks in that country. Come Saturday, it was a melting pot for southern African nationalities, with mostly Malawians, Zimbabweans, Motswana and South Africans converging at Randgate in Randfontein. Top on the menu were performances from South Africa’s award-winning rapper…

Building a brand in special effects make-up

Raziah Akimu is making a name in a field that is not popular in Malawi; special effects make-up (SFX). Her talent is associated with film production, where make-up artists create scenes that depict anything from blood to zombies or aliens. In this conversation with our reporter YVONNIE SUNDU (YS), Akimu (RA) talks of her journey…

Chigwandali’s US moments

Musician Lazarus Chigwandali who is on a tour in New York, United States to promote his documentary had a rare opportunity to perform for American actor and film producer Leonardo DiCaprio. After the world premiere of the documentary, which chronicles Chigwandali’s life as a musician and a person with albinism, the artist was invited to…

Playing with make-up for special effects

When people talk of special effects and prosthetics make-up artistry in Africa, the name Hakeem Onologbo, better known as Hakeem Effects, mostly comes to mind. Hakeem is an award-winning special effects (SFX) make-up artist working in Nollywood. He creates zombies, blood and gore for the multi-billion-dollar Nigerian film industry, which produces thousands of films every…

China beckons Malawi to new initiative

The Chinese government will soon engage Malawi on joining the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) a mechanism aimed at fostering development around the world. Chinese Ambassador Liu Hongyang said at press briefing in Lilongwe that the two countries will sign a memorandum of understating (MoU) as part of the initiative. “To do any project, we…

MaBlacks off to SA festival

Reggae outfit Black Missionaries will represent Malawi at the inaugural Africa Connect Music Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, from May 4 to 5. To be graced by at least 30 acts from southern Africa, Black Missionaries will headline the show with the likes of South African award-winning rapper AKA who performed on Sunday at the…

Govt rolls out malaria vaccine

Malawi has rolled out a malaria vaccine that will see about 120 000 children getting doses in a period of four years. National Malaria Control Programme deputy director Dr. Michael Kayange said in an interview the pilot phase of the vaccine, which started yesterday,   will be done in 11 districts of Lilongwe, Ntchisi, Mchinji, Balaka,…