Octogenarian Giddes Chalamanda, popularly known as Agide, on Friday defied his age when he gave a scintillating performance at Chameleon Club in Lilongwe. The show, which was a launch of his South Africa tour, saw him perform for almost an hour with lots of energy and vigour. He opened his set with the hit song Che Melie before performing Nthawi Zina. Then he once more performed Che Melie followed by other songs such as Nellie, Linny and Culture Yathu before he was interrupted by Davis Njobvu of the Edgar ndi Davis duo. “Ngati a Giddes tinapita nawo ku America tikakanike ku Sasafrica? [If we managed to take Giddes to America, can we fail to take him to South Africa],” he said while mimicking former president Bakili Muluzi
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...
Afro-Pop singer Mad Alley has cast his eyes on hitting the international bar as his latest single ‘Nyama’ keeps on gaining grounds. Mad Alley real name Madalitso Chimpeni noted that the Malawian music industry is slowly blooming into a profitable and reliable industry, and that artists and promoters need to cast their eyes beyond boarders. “Artists and music promoters should look at the bigger picture and aim for the international market,” said Mad Alley. “We need to get rid of the stereotypical phrase that “this is Malawi” because it is one of the many reasons people don’t invest time and money in music. Music speaks one language which is “good music”, no matter where you from, the world is waiting to listen to you as long as you speak that language.” The artist has released Nyama
Five South African based Malawian Hip-Hop artists have formed a group called Until we Reach, aimed at advancing their music careers whilst representing Malawi internationally. In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday, the group’s leader, Snag Bomaye, real name, Fraser Evans Masamba, said they have managed to produce four songs including videos which are enjoying massive air-play in South Africa. “We have released four singles namely Ndineneretu, Make it Out, These Walls, which is a collaboration with a well known South African Group, IMG and Things Change. We have also released videos for the songs. In the group, we are all equal with no one being superior to the other and we collaborate in pushing our talents under our brand,” he said. Bomaye said the songs have receive
New rap and R&B phenomenal FOCUS has taken a different direction in his career by working with refugees from Dzaleka camp. Born Chimwemwe Morgan Mayani, FOCUS has become a darling among aspiring young artists within Dzaleka Refugee Camp in the central region, due to his dedication and musical prowess. He has collaborated with the refugees in his song ‘I Believe’, a combination of R&B and rap. “In my free time I volunteer at Dzaleka Refugee Camp mentoring young artists. It is pleasing to work with such young people exploring their talents,” explained FOCUS. With ability to play keyboard, sampler and drum machine, FOCUS uses his music to entertain but also to speak about some of the ills the society experience; and has featured some of the challenges refugees face at the camp in
After successfully holding a free show in populous Ndirande Township in Blantyre last month, hip-hop artist and self-styled Ghetto King Kong, Fredokiss, will next month storm the capital city of Lilongwe with another free performance. Fredokiss on 27th August held a free show at Ndirande Hall Ground in respect of his fans. And this time around he is doing the same for Lilongwe fans at Masintha Ground on 14th October. Dubbed The Ghetto King Kong Show, the event is being powered by Smooth Maheu and will be spiced up performances by other artists yet to be mentioned. In Ndirande Fredokiss behind the current hit song Dear Jah Jah was supported by Young Kay now re-branded as Hyphen, Dare Devils, Rina and The Thomson. Fredokiss born Penjani Kalua is a Masters Degree holder in Public Health m...
After releasing Undipweteka in November 2016 which enjoyed air play in most local radio stations, Samuel Kaira popularly known as Smacks is set to release three new singles in October, 2017. Smacks said the three singles have been produced by three different producers, Alowa m’baja by by Pon G and Gaffer, Nangondo has been produced by OBK and Mubenane by Gaffer. He said the two songs Alowa m’baja and Nangondo were secular whilst Mubenane is his first gospel song where he talks of person asking God for guidance in everything he does. “Alowa m’baja is dedicated to people who have entered into holy matrimony this year,” Smacks said. He added that he will be releasing the three songs as a sign of appreciation to his fans for the support rendered to him. “My fans should expect more music f
She has paraded in several fashion shows and festivals in the country, but cat-walking seems not to be the only talent that the Lilongwe-based model was blessed with. Apart from being a reputable model in Malawi, Blessing has also starred in hit videos like ‘She Never Worry’ by D1 featuring Blasto and South Africa based Zimbabwean Buffalo Souljah’s ‘My Lady’. This year, the budding songstress, calling herself B$C, has appeared with a head banging song “Follow My Pace”, produced by well-known Lilongwe based producer Eril. “My real name implies the fact that I have some gospel roots. I initially started doing music at the age of 12 in church. Consequently, I was thoroughly absorbed into Dancehall and Pop music. "I was also motivated by my parents who are songbirds as well,” said B$C wh