Elections jolts fashion

Campaigning for the May 21 general elections is in full swing. Just like with other years, the canvassing has come in and with style. While political parties, through their torchbearers, are outclassing each other with manifestoes, stalwarts are keeping fashion designers busy – making outstanding outfits. Flipping through social media pages and watching political rallies…

Smith Likongwe writes new book

Celebrated playwright Smith Likongwe has written a book of four plays Kamuzu Banda, Mission to Nyanjania, Stop the Fire and Love and Tears. In an interview, Likongwe said the book, titled Kamuzu Banda and Other Plays,  will be launched on March 31 at Malawi Sun Hotel in Blantyre with a grand unveiling at the Bingu…

Chigwandali drops new single

Local musician Lazarus Chigwandali has released his first-ever professional single done in collaboration with The Very Best’s Johan Hugo. The song, titled Ndife Alendo, shines a light on the persecution of people with albinism in Malawi and other African countries. The song was premiered on BBC 6 earlier this month in preparation for his first…

Malawi introduces levy on media storage devices

In an apparent bid to protect the creative industry faced with a proliferation of music websites where people download creative works such as music for free, government has introduced a levy on all storage devices. The Private Copy Levy will be enforced from April 15 by the Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) and the Malawi…

Theo Thomson ready with new album

Award-winning musician Theo Thomson has finished working on his yet to be titled third album which will be released soon before its launch scheduled for September. Currently, the musician has dropped a single titled Can We which speaks of a relationship on the brink of collapse with the man being remorseful and pleading with his…

Wesm Arts Fest is back!

After a seven-year break, the Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi (Wesm) Arts Fest returns from June 12 to 23 at Four Seasons in Lilongwe to showcase the country’s diverse artistic talent. Festival producer Pádraic MacOireachtaigh said for many years the arts fest presented visual art exhibitions, connected artists to buyers and showcased the ‘finest’…

Whither theatre groups?

For many years,  stage drama has been the source of entertainment for many Malawians. Besides, it has been a conduit of sending across messages to authorities as well, especially in the democratic dispensation. Though done subtly, oftentimes actors have communicated or reprimanded politicians on certain decisions and injustices on people, and the messages were driven…

Cockpit sold to new management

Lilongwe’s uptown club, Cockpit Lounge, has been sold and is under new management. The club has also been temporarily closed from March 15 to April 25 to allow for refurbishment. The lounge, which for the past three years has been a hub for a special class of revellers and entertainment, will be relaunched after the…

Mapanje’s play evokes memories

When it was announced that The Trial of Jack Mapanje will be staged in Lilongwe, it was apparent that the satire will evoke memories. However, those that trekked to the Madsoc Theatre in Lilongwe perhaps did not anticipate that some of those that suffered atrocities at the hands of the one-party regime would be among…

Nyasa Music Festival beckons budding artists

Nyasa Music Awards (NMA), organisers of the inaugural Nyasa Music Festival, are expanding their footprint to up-and-coming musicians for the forthcoming event. Scheduled for Kamuzu Stadium from April 19 to 21, the festival has attracted top musical talents in Malawi and South Africa. The organisers say they have created a platform for promoting and nurturing…

DfID launches anti-gender violence programme

The Department for International Development (DfID) has urged Malawi to mainstream gender-based violence prevention into all sectors to end incidences and deliver better development outcomes. Head of DfID Dave Beer made the call at the pre-launch of the UK development arm’s flagship programme Tithetse Nkhanza which seeks to end gender-based violence (GBV) against women and…

Chigwandali heads to Tribeca

A documentary about a local musician with albinism, Lazarus Chigwandali will be premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The story of Lazarus who goes around town performing with his handmade banjo on the dusty streets of Lilongwe while narrating the plight of people with albinism who are being killed and abducted for…

Writers launch literary website

Two writers have joined forces to establish a website dedicated to short stories written by budding writers. The website, Story Ink Africa, a brainchild of writers Ekari Mbvundula and Wonawaka Gondwe, will accord both local and international literary enthusiasts an opportunity to read and buy stories for their reading pleasure by paying through mobile payment…

3 shows for Mapanje play

Mbona Arts, a theatrical group will this month stage a play written by one of the country’s finest writers and poet, Jack Mapanje. The Trial of Jack Mapanje, which premieres March 16 is based on the poet’s detention which lasted four years. Mapanje was arrested in 1987. In an interview, playwright Stephen Ndhlovu said this…

Malawi behind in Universal Health Coverage

Malawi is still lagging behind in meeting some indicators for attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030. While the country has been lauded for doing exceptionally well in the area of community health services, a lot needs to be done in order to meet all set target for UHC. In an interview on the sidelines…

AMREF to train journalists

Amref Health Africa is set to start offering a tailor made health reporting training for journalists in Africa. Through the Amref International University (AMIU), the program is a way of empowering journalists, according to the university’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Marion Mutugi. “The program, starting this September will be two weeks intensive with a project at…

Malawi recognised on ending child marriages

Malawi has been highlighted as one of the African countries doing well in efforts to end child marriages. This was revealed at the ongoing Africa Health Agenda International Conference (Ahaic) in Kigali, Rwanda. The news follows the successful implementation of an integrated project of withdrawing girls from early marriages using a community philanthropy approach in…

Kamkwamba’s movie set for his Kasungu school

The United States (US) Embassy is scheduled to host a screening session for The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind film at William Kamkwamba’s old school in Wimbe, Kasungu next week Thursday. US Ambassador Virginia Palmer said this in an interview following the Malawi premier of the Malawian-inspired Hollywood movie, depicting a true-life story of Kamkwamba,…

Power of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The mixed reactions that followed the release of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind official trailer showed there were some Malawians who were sceptical of Malawi’s first Hollywood set. But arguably, to many who flocked to Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) auditorium in Lilongwe on Sunday night for the Malawi premiere, the story of William…

Two Malawian writers in African anthology

Two budding female Malawian writers have made it into an upcoming anthology for young African writers to be published this year, according to an announcement made by the Afro Young Adult talent search. The two, Tamanda Kanjaye and Yamikani Mlangiza, are among 17 young  writers drawn from across the continent from a pool of 52…