The Blantyre Chief Resident Magistrate Court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced up-and-coming hip-hop artist, James Kamthumba (Born Chris) to 12 imprisonment with hard labour but sentence suspended to 480 hours of community service. The accused was arrested by Police for insulting another artist, Queen B real name Bertha Lomoti through a song. He was charged with Insulting the modesty of a woman contrary to Section 137 ( 1 ) ( 3 ) of the Penal Code. Born Chris pleaded guilty to the offence and the court proceeded to convict him. Police prosecutor Assistant Superintendent Boyson Yamungo pleaded with the court to pass a stiffer punishment to the accused. The prosecutor told the court that although the accused was a first offender, his attitude has disrespected the plight of women in t...
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
Local hip-hop artist Chavura who was arrested for releasing a son that advocates for rape is expected to pear before Lilongwe Magistrates Court today. Chavura will be charged with obscene matter or things as provided for in Section 179 (1) (a) of the Penal Code. He was arrested on Friday morning by Blantyre Police Station before being transfered to Lilongwe where he is been kept. Chavura recently apologized for releasing the song in which he stirred up emotions- if people’s reaction on social media is anything to go by- with his Rape song- by boasting of his intentions to commit an atrocious act of rape on any girl who dares to rebuff him. Born Mwiza Chavura, the Mzuzu University graduate challenged in the song how he would enjoy committing the sexual offence by getting his cul
Malawian gospel rapper, Suffix, real name Aubrey Ghambi continues to make headlines both locally and internationally with his music. The artist has just revealed his latest piece of work, Ghetto Ndi Nyatwa featuring America American Christian hip-hop artist and writer, Sho Baraka. The song is expected to caltapult Suffix to another level as far as music is concerned. Suffix is a Malawian rapper based in the city of Blantyre. He has one mixtape titled D.O.S and several hit singles to his name including Necessary Noise, D.Y.M, and Ulendo Wa Kumwamba which gripped over 60, 000 downloads on www.malawi-music.com. D.Y.M was also featured on the world’s largest Christian Hip Hop online magazine (Rapzilla). Suffix is currently ranked No.17 on the top 20 list of Africa’s most influential Christ
Malawians have reacted angrily to the production of a hip hop track titled ‘rape’ by Mwiza Chavura. In the song, Chavura was announcing plot to let a girl got drunk on his bills with an intention of raping her for turning down his sexual advances on her. “Ndidzakupanga rape/ kukumwetsa bawa ndikupanga rape/kukamwa kwako nzakumata tape/ zindikana uone udzalira help/ I don’t ……. around nzakupanga rape,” goes part of the chorus of the song. But the song has apparently not gone down well with a lot of Malawians, including some artists who have since taken to the social media condemning it. Spoken word poet Qabaniso Malewezi, himself a former rapper, said much as there was freedom of speech which artists enjoy, there was a line that needed to be drawn. “Art that openly talks about raping a
Musicians in Malawi are attributing their failure to release albums to a surge in piracy. These days, most Malawian musicians only release their music in singles, with very few bothering to give fans a full package. There has been a great evolution in music over the years, especially in terms of storage. From Vinyl records to Tapes, down to CDs and now flash sticks and memory cards. The easier the storage, however, the more challenging it is for artists to secure their works. Musicians are now unable to sell albums as people can now easily access them without having to a cent. Music enthusiasts now obtain their favourite songs simply by downloading them from websites that offer them for free, and through a lot of other ways, like having them transferred to their memory cards. Vetera...
Just weeks after being fired by the public broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporations (MBC), renowned and seasoned presenter, Geoffrey Kapusa has joined private television, Mibawa TV. Kapusa popularly known as Mr. Splash was booted out of MBC last month after he publically criticized management for being overboard with its propaganda in favor of the ruling party Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which he claimed contributed to its shameful loss in the October 2017 by-elections. Kapusa confirmed of his new job on social media and never wasted time to poke fun at his former employers. “Great Lord. Am speechless of your love and care for me and my family. Thank you for the Job offer at Mibawa TV, the only Malawi tv soap producers of Mwachande and Chinganingani,” wrote Kapusa. “Thank you J
Malawi's hip-hop artist and producer, Gemini Major currently based in South Africa has been crowned as producer of the year during the South Africa Hip Hop Awards (SAHHA) 2017. SAHHA are an annual Hip-Hop award ceremony, run by the Ritual Media Group (RMG), that took place on 13 December 2017 at the Lyric Theatre Gold Reef City, Johannesburg. The accolades were given to active members within the industry. Winners received a statue that is called a Pyramid which symbolizes Africans reaching for success. The show featured live performances by some of the nominees and will be pre-recorded for TV broadcast purposes.NE
Thousands of beer lovers thronged Lilongwe Golf Club over the weekend to experience the first ever beer festival courtesy of Carlsberg Malawi. Both the young and the old came together to enjoy the beers under Carlsberg brand with music performances from various local artists. It was a weekend filled with fun as the artists lived up to expectations and consumers behaved, with no major incidents noted or reported. The beer fest, according to Carlsberg Malawi brand manager Twikale Chirwa, is an event aimed at teaching consumers about the positive aspects of beer as well as taking them through the process of brewing it. “We do appreciate the support that we get from beer lovers and we feel they deserve to understand what they drink. On top of that we reduced the prices of beer to let them