With today’s technology, music has become part of life experiences: people listen to it on their drive to work, when they go to parties, when they exercise, and in so many other settings. In Malawi like any other part of the world musicians hope that their words inspire change. Waliko Makhala who is one of Malawi music legends says the power of the music in the society cannot be over-emphasized. He however pointed out that the current Malawi music industry in Malawi is at the crossroads as a lot of songs lack richness and maturity. Makhala adds that music is coming from heritage which is not valued by some of musicians now. “The actual Malawi music is not there now. The music is empty and there is no richness in the music,” said Makhala adding that music is the mirror of every society
There are few reggae bands in the country. They include the Black Missionaries, Wailing Brothers and Soul Raiders. But add to this list the Mighty Ivory Band, a new reggae outfit that is just born. The Balaka-based 10-member group comes with a promise to give people “pure reggae” vibes, according to its owner Chadza Charles Chigonjetso. They do not have their own songs but perform those of other reggae artists such as Culture, Bob Marley and Lucky Dube. But watching them perform, one gets an impression that the group means serious business. “We have come to stay. People should expect pure reggae vibes from us,” said Chigonjetso. It started as Ghetto Youth Band before changing its name to Mighty Ivory Band. The band has so far performed in Lunzu, Blantyre with Young Generation Band and
First Dawn Arts Managing Director and award-winning filmmaker, Shemu Joyah is set to premiere his latest film titled The Road to Sunrise in Lilongwe on November 3, 2017. Joyah, who came into the limelight in literary circles for directing and producing Seasons of a Life and The Last Fishing Boat, movies, which won the hearts of many Malawians said in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Tuesday that Bingu International Convention Centre Auditorium would be the venue for the launch while in Blantyre, it would be premiered on November 11, 2017 at Robin’s Park in Blantyre. Joyah said the film tackles a number of social issues that affect women in society and Malawi in particular. “But the film is for everyone else [to watch] regardless of gender orientation. This is why we are targe
As Superior Country Wide Drama competition reaches climax,Malawians will have the opportunity to vote for the best actor to be featured in South African Television soap Generations the Legacy. Superior Events Management (SEM) Director, Japhet Majekete told Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Friday that the best drama group and actor competition will start soon. Majekete also said they are still discussing with the South-African Soap ‘Generations the Legacy’ to have the best actor featured in the soap. “We are still discussing with the generations crew and soon we will make a statement on this but all is going on well,” said Majekete According to Majekete, the best actor will come from the 10 groups that have made it to the National finals of the competition. “We are going for reality show n
British Oscar-nominated actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor is in Malawi shooting his yet-untitled directorial debut in which he will also star. The movie is an adaptation of William Kamkwamba's 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind' biography. The Oscar-nominated British star of stage and screen has adapted William Kamkwamba's autobiography The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, telling the life-changing story of how the author helped save his village as a 13-year-old by constructing a wind turbine from bits of scrap metal, old bicycle parts and wood. Chiwetel Ejiofor said, "William's story represents what has to be the future in countries like Malawi: developing countries, overflowing with beauty, and with potential [that] simply needs access to opportunity in order to be fully unleashed. William's determina
GOSM production in association with Landline production have come together to produce a master piece movie titled “”Second Chance’’. The movie written by Isaac Misoya, is a story about a boy who lost his parents, brother whilst his girlfriend was impregnated by another man. Misoya added these were the genesis of all problems in the life of the main actor, for he stopped believing in God, and he had no hope of life. He said upon falling in love with a Christian girl he had a second chance to make things right with his life. ‘’The movie was inspired by a number of people whom I know were in the same situation, I thought it wise to bring encouragement to those who are going through the same situation, it’s not only here in Malawi but even in other countries,’’ Misoya explained. ‘’No matt
While the country is being subjected to continuous blackouts, a 35-year-old Cored Nkosi has all the reasons to smile. He has his own power source to rely upon; and it was developed by himself. Nkosi is a complete self-made electrical engineer and four years ago he developed Kasangazi Hydroelectric Power Plant which generates power of about 600 volts (AC). The generated power is transmitted through wires to his Yobe Nkosi Village, a distance of 3 kilometres. His passion in electrical engineering started like a dream during his early days at Mzimba Secondary School but reality has carried through to fruition. A tour to his home, one would think the man is mad, or is trying to invent a rocket. His veranda is full of pieces of metal, wires, screwdrivers and magnetic bars. The items have yi...
All is set for the Blantyre Arts Festival 2017 which is giving a platform to local artists and promoting local appreciation of home grown talent. BAF public relations officer Luckier Chikopa said this year's festival is receiving positive responses due to its uniqueness of promoting local talent. She said with support from Hivos Foundation through Cultural Funds for Malawi, BAF 2017 will run from October 6 to 8. "Apart from the impact the festival is making by providing the much-needed exposure to artists in Malawi, BAF 2017 has decided to have a market zone. The market zone will give an opportunity to small-scale businesses to exhibit and sell their products. We believe doing so will help the small-scale businesses thrive and also contribute to the cultural economic fabric of Malawi du...
Veteran radio-play-actor Smart Likhaya Mbewe who became a household name due to his acting name Kapalepale died on Friday evening after being bedridden for long time due to effects of stroke he suffered in 2004. Mbewe died at Mulanje District Hospital and will be laid to rest at his home Muliya village, Traditional Authority Juma in the district. He is survived by nine children and 33 grandchildren. Kapalepale made a name in the 1980s and 90s when he entertained listeners on MBC Radio in Sewero La Sabata Ino episode which later wore the moniker of Kapalepale the lead actor in the 30 minute play. The lead actor was Likhaya Mbewe himself who was also the producer of the program. Likhaya Mbewe’s career spans 39 good years. He joined the public broadcaster in 1964 as a member of the admin
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