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    Morgan Heritage

    Celebrated Jamaica's reggae band Morgan Heritage arrived in Malawi Friday afternoon through Kamuzu International Airport for a show slated on Sunday at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe. [caption id="attachment_99700" align="alignright" width="450"]Morgan Heritage Morgan Heritage[/caption] The aeroplane carrying the band members landed at exactly 2:15, to the welcoming of Rastas drums and chants by the local community. Just like their counterparts, Fantan Mojah and Luciano who performed in the country earlier, they too took part in singing Rasta chants before taking questions from the media. A convoy that welcomed the Morgan Heritage members brought Lilongwe to a stand still as people queued along the roads waving and rejoicing upon seeing that the band that is loved so dearly is finally home. "Morgan Heritage is here to entertain Malawians, we will give them a show to remember as we share the message of love and salvation,"  said Peetah. The band is on a world tour promoting their new album, Strictly Roots, and will perform in Malawi courtesy of the country's music promoter and reggae artist Born African. The Malawi show is way cheaper compared to what Morgan Heritage charges in other countries, for instance the Lilongwe show’s cover charge for a standard ticket is K10, 000.00 (approximately £10 in the UK and approximately $14 in the US but when holding shows in other countries Morgan Heritage pegs its standard tickets at £40 for a standard ticket or $50. Malawi's Black Missionaries and Soul Raiders will curtain raise the show.

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    Lucius Banda:  I don't want gays at my shows

    Fun seekers were left akimbo on Christmas Day at Zithere Pano in Mangochi when legendary musician Lucius Banda abruptly ended his show after seeing two men caressing (touching) and kissing each other in front of the patrons. [caption id="attachment_95765" align="alignright" width="600"]Lucius Banda:  I don't want gays at my shows Lucius Banda: I don't want gays at my shows[/caption] Most patrons struggled to come to terms with his decision and argued that the best was just to ask security personnel to take the two men away other than ending the show. But Lucius said the two men deflated his morale and spirit such that he could not continue performing. Banda has since apologized to his fans for the cancellation through his official Facebook page saying he “had to” because he felt irritated. He becomes the first public figure in entertainment circles in the country to come out strongly on the issue of homosexually which is still a crime in Malawi. Banda said he has reservations on the subject, and that personally he “is not for homosexuality.” He wrote on Facebook: “Let me apologize to my fans for what happened yesterday [on December 24]. Even though, I had two more songs to perform I had problems to continue after I noticed two men intimately engaging each other to the extent of kissing each other.” Banda said he failed to rebuke the two on the spot arguing it would have caused a hullaballoo considering the “controversial nature” of the subject in the country. “The fact is that most people in the country are not for homosexuality and having made me mention them in public would have gotten the two men assaulted surely,” said Banda. He sent warning message to homosexuals in the country never to do that in his face again. “I’m not musically funded by any western country. My donors who are God the father, the Son and the Holy Ghost [provide funding to me] with a no sodomy condition attached,” wrote Banda. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Malawi face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. The Penal Code prohibits "carnal knowledge against the order of nature", attempts to commit "carnal knowledge against the order of nature", and acts of "gross indecency". However, in November 2012, President Joyce Banda suspended all laws that criminalized homosexuality. In July 2014, the Justice Minister announced that Malawi would no longer arrest people for same-sex sexual activity and review its anti-gay laws. In late December 2009, a trans woman, Tiwonge Chimbalanga, and a man, Steven Monjeza, were arrested after holding a traditional "engagement" party. On 18 May 2010, they were found guilty of having committed "unnatural offenses" and "indecent practices between males". On 29 May 2010, then President Bingu wa Mutharika pardoned both individuals. On 17 April 2015, The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Law came into force and banned all same-sex marriages and unions. While the law was praised for raising the minimum age of heterosexual marriages from 16 to 18, it was at the same time condemned for the exclusion of homosexual couples and for its language stating that one's gender is assigned at birth. The new law does not allow people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery to marry someone of that person's prior gender and also draws comparisons of gay sex to rape and sexual harassment.--Additional reporting by Pius Nyondo and Ulemu Teputepu, Nyasa Times

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    Morgan Heritate: We will be back

    Renowned reggae band the Morgan Heritage have expressed desire to work with Malawian artist after successfully recording a song with Nelson Shaba a.k.a Born Afrika. [caption id="attachment_100413" align="alignright" width="600"]Morgan Heritate: We will be back Morgan Heritate: We will be back[/caption] This was disclosed during a news briefinhg the band had on Saturday in Lilongwe, Malawi's Capital. The band is on a world tour promoting their new album, Strictly Roots, and will perform in Malawi courtesy of the country’s music promoter and reggae artist Born African. "We are happy to in Malawi for many years, as a group we have the desire to be in Africa, a warm continent and we are here back home. "As we were starting our journey to Malawi, we didn't understand what they meant by saying 'a warm heart of Africa' but soon after landing at the airport,  we understood. This is a very beautiful country, warm, green and the mountains with lovely people, it’s been a great experience," said Peetah Morgan. Working local artists The crew was honest enough to disclose that they have never sampled many Malawi reggae music but have worked closely with Born Afrika and therefore open to serious local musicians. "We have produced one song with Born Afrika and if there is an opportunity we are ready to work with more Malawian artists. We want to give back to our home, our recording company Cool To Be Conscious (CTBC) will have music projects in Africa, so yeah we are here," said Mojo. However, Peetah had tips to local musicians on how to prosper in the industry. "Sometimes we he to  persevere, for us to reach this far we have to pass through thick and thin. What is Paramount sometimes is to spend time listening to established musicians. If its reggae then listen to Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Fantan Mojah, Luciano and other great musicians, the same applies to Hip Hop and different roots genres. "You don't rush into studio without knowing what you want to come out with. Do your voices again because that also matters most in music. I can say Africa had the best vocalist in reggae music in the name of Lucky Dube, he was great (may his soul rest in peace) and Malawians can also do the same," he said To be back Taking his turn, Mojo disclosed of the second coming to Malawi next year. "As you can see, some of supporting band members are not here with us for various valid reasons beyond our control. We have cancelled the Zimbabwe show but didn't want to let down Malawians so we have to come and be assured we will give out massive performance. "We are planning a big event in Malawi next year around October with the whole band crew. It will not be us alone but several Jamaican artists because we want it to be like a festival," he said while thanking Born Afrika for having passion in promoting reggae music. Afrika said as a Rasta he is determined to be part of enlighten people on the movement of Rastafari as a way of life and reggae music. "I love Rasta's way of way of life, I like reggae music and am determined to work hard is spreading the message through music. If you love reggae and Rasta, you will do your utmost best to take part in the   building part of it because if we  all bring a brick for a house for sure it will be done," he said. Born Afrika has managed to bring renowned reggae artists from Jamaica like Fantan Mojah and Luciano.

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    Great Angels launch Mwasankha Ine

    Malawi’s leading choral grouping, Great Angels on Christmas day hit a jack-bot after selling on auction DVD copies of its best-selling album Mwasankha Ine during a sold out concert in Lilongwe. [caption id="attachment_100417" align="alignright" width="600"]Great Angels launch Mwasankha Ine Great Angels launch Mwasankha Ine[/caption] [caption id="attachment_100416" align="alignright" width="600"]Record crowd at Great Angles choir album launch Record crowd at Great Angles choir album launch[/caption] Mwasankha Ine became a record-breaking album in Great Angels’ history after more than 100,000 audio copies were sold during its launch on January 1st, 2015 at Sheaffer ICA Marque in Lilongwe. And twelve months down the line, the grouping returned to the same venue on Friday with the DVD album and managed to sell a copy at K2 million. Prophet Justice Hara bought a copy at K2 million while Parliamentarian Allan Ngumuya bought one at K50,000 during an auction. The sold-out concert- which is one of a series of shows outlined across the country- was characterized by performances from former Parliamentarian, Billy Kaunda, Mlaka Maliro, Grace Chinga, Limbani Simenti, Marvelous Deeds, King James Phiri, Evance Meleka, Peter Mulangeni, Steve Muliya, Violet Tengani, Donnex Muva, Mau K, Martha Kasambara, Martha Nthakomwa and many others. Mwasankha Ine CD was recorded by former Parliamentarian, Joseph Tembo at Groove Magic Studio and has so far sold over 40,000 copies. The album contains songs like Tadikira, Samadziwa Kanthu and Akuyimilira ndani. Great Angels is one of the leading choirs in the country with best-selling albums such as Ndiyende Bwanji, Mundifungatile and Gwireni Dzanja, which contains a popular song Paine Ndekha Sindingathe. “We are happy with the turn-out and we expect the same response in Balaka on 27th December at Balaka Mlambe Motel and final show on 1st January, 2016 at Mzuzu Boma Park,'' explained the choir’s Music Director, William Zonda, Zonda said the patronage during the Friday's show signifies people’s affection towards the choir. The 10-track Mwasankha Ine DVD was officially launched in Blantyre on 6th December at BAT Ground before moving to Lilongwe on Friday 25th December at Sheaffer Gardens Sheaffer ICA Marque. The DVD has been produced by John Nguluwe of Positive Arts Company with the videos shot in various sceneries across the country which include Chikala Hills in Machinga district, Salima, Blantyre and Lilongwe among other places.

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    Morgan Heritage used pre-recorded music while Malawi's Black Missionaries performed live as a supporting artist.

    Morgan Heritage band dubbed the ‘royal family of reggae’ have caused mass disappointment amongst  Malawians who went to Silver Stadium for their live show only to be treated to a music from the pre-recorded USB flash drive. [caption id="attachment_100492" align="alignright" width="600"]Morgan Heritage used pre-recorded music while Malawi's Black Missionaries performed live as a supporting artist. Morgan Heritage used pre-recorded music while Malawi's Black Missionaries performed live as a supporting artist.[/caption] The reggae band has come under fire on social media after a performance from the USB flash drive, - annoying many fans who thought it was supposed to be live. Organisers promoted the show as a live performance Taking to Facebook rto vent their fury some users criticised the show's promoters for appearing to mislead them. Former radio presenter Tailosi Bakili posted on Facebook: “Wen Bob Marley performed at Madison Square Gardenz, he was called back on stage 3 times. The fourth time he refused. But those were the Wailers. They never used flash discs or CD's. They played live music. Unfortunately, Bob Marley died and the Wailers are disbanded. So don’t expect too much from young kids. Policitian and former cabinet minister Clement Stambuli  argued that Malawians should Kutengeka a “ get contented” with the local music bands like Black Missionaries and Zembani . “It's just that our country brand in music is not up to scratch it's time we started exporting our talented artists and play around Africa, I suppose we will get there,” Stambuli wrote. Showbiz journalist Howard Mlozi wrote: “Malawi got amazing talent and let's try it. I believe given the resources they can make it, even better than these so-called international artists whom we exaggerate beyond limit. Big up to the Black Missionaries Band, The Wailing Brothers, Soul Raiders, The Roots, The Solid Rocks, Mizu Band and many others” Malawi’s Black Missionaries performed live as a supporting artist. However, other were more forgiving, as football administrator Casper Jangale wrote: “I am totally flabbergasted that we are complaining for the grotesque mediocre show which the Heritage Family put on yesternight at Silver. We knew long way back that these guys want to romanticize with our ganja (weed), the Malawian gold, the contraband. But alas, we were caught up in the slumber, we were hibernating to realize that we got what we deserve. “ Funny Mbewe who attended the show said: “It was still amazing.” She, nonetheless, expressed her frustrations that it was not live. Audrey Mvula said the K10,000 he paid to watch the show was “extortionate fee” considering he expected a live performance. Nyasa Times has contacted organisers fthe show but has yet to receive a reply. The much-loved quintet, comprised of siblings Peetah, Una, Roy (known as Gramps), Nakhamyah (known as Lukes) and Memmalatel (known as Mojo) Morgan. They recently released their new album Strictly Roots – their first independently released record.

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    Morgan Heritage

    Jamaican music group, Morgan Heritage has defended its disappointing performance in Malawi on Sunday, labelling it as an appetizer, and hassince pledged to compesate patrons with a half-the-ticket-price event next year. [caption id="attachment_99700" align="alignright" width="450"]Morgan Heritage Morgan Heritage[/caption] The band dubbed the ‘royal family of reggae’ caused mass disappointment amongst Malawians who patronized their live show at Silver Stadium only to be treated to a music from the pre-recorded USB flash drive. Patrons to the show had to pay K10,000 for an advance ticket and K15,000 on the door while on VIP paid K25,000. However, the grouping has come under fire for its performance from the USB flash that annoyed many fans who anticipated scintillating live band as promoted by the organizers- Born African Productions. In an email on Monday, the group admitted it could not give Malawian audience the desired live band performance as some of its members did not make the trip. Mojo Morgan told Nyasa Times in an email, the group, instead of postponing the show, decided to come and give Malawians what he called an appetizer while hoping to have a bigger show next year. ''We could’ve chosen to postpone the show but when speaking with Born African Productions, We expressed our love and desire to still come to Malawi to do something from our hearts for the people by any means necessary,'' said Mojo Morgan. Mojo disclosed it was the band's decision that a few of its members should come to Malawi to ''at least let the people see us and receive an appetizer''. He added: ''It was important for us not to be like previous attempts where negations didn't materialize. So we want to take this time to assure all Malawians that at our show in 2016 the full band will be there with better production by any means necessary.” He has since guaranteed to compensate Malawian audience during next year's show, adding  ''we guarantee that the ticket price will be half of what everyone paid last night (Sunday)''. It was Malawi’s very own reggae groupings, the Black Missionaries and Soul Raiders who performed with live band as a supporting artist during the Sunday's concert. Taking to Facebook to vent their fury, the frustrated Malawians criticised the show’s promoters- Born Afrikan- for misleading them. The much-loved quintet, comprised of siblings Peetah, Una, Roy (known as Gramps), Nakhamyah (known as Lukes) and Memmalatel (known as Mojo) Morgan. They recently released their new album Strictly Roots – their first independently released through the group's CTBC Music Group record label.

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    At the Great Angels CD launch

    Veteran musicians Billy Kaunda, Mlaka Maliro and Grace Chinga were left disappointed when they failed to perform during the launch of DVD of Great Angels Choir's Mwasankha Ine album on 25th December at Sheafer Gardens in Lilongwe. [caption id="attachment_100516" align="alignright" width="600"]At the Great Angels CD launch At the Great Angels CD launch[/caption] Kaunda, who alongside Chinga, were the main headliner for the show which started in Blantyre at BAT ground the previous week was set to perform at Sheafer Gardens in Lilongwe in what was called a must not miss show as fans were expecting to welcome on stage one of the veteran in  music circle who after his loss in parliamentary elections in 2014 has been quiet of late in music circle The show which was highly patronised started on a high note with great performances from The Marvelous Deeds, Peter Mlangeni,  Holy Cross Choir from Blantyre, Steve Wazisomo Muliya, The Mighty POV, Limbani Simenti before Great Angels came on stage where they gave the audience five back to back songs before they launched the DVD which was bought at K2 million by Senior Prophet Justice Hara. Great Angels continued to perform other songs from the album when rains started around5pm The rains which disturbed the show as some fans jumped on the stage to hide from it and other run into tents which were erected at the venue with some fans still remain on the ground waiting for more from the artists When the rains stopped after an hour the Director of Ceremonies who were Pentecostal life FM presenter Ali Kalichero and Zodiak Broadcasting Station Presenter Joseph Mwanoka called Grace Chinga on stage but before he started performing the show was stopped by the owner of the band who said the show could not continue. It took close to 30 minutes Grace Chinga and her backers remain standnin the stage while the great angels choir directors William and Ephraim Zonda tried to reason with the owner but it yielded anything as he stood film that they can't continue using the speakers as that will be risky to hus equipments Zonda came on stage to apologise to the fans as the fans were overhead shouting saying they have been robbed since the artists they paid for were yet to perform Kaunda who looked disappointed refused to grant an interview but one of his band member blamed the organisers for inconsistencies of their program as they had to put other artists like POV who were not on the performing list. Chinga and Mlaka said they are disappointed . Meanwhile, Nyasa Times can reveal that Mlaka Maliro was given his K60, 000 fee even he though didn't perform as it wasn't his fault Inside sources within the choir also reveal that they realised closed to K8. 5 million from the Lilongwe show and K4 million from Blantyre show Meanwhile the group is set to launch the DVD in Mzuzu at Boma Park on 1st January, 2016 where Billy Kaunda , Grace Chinga and Mlaka Maliro are not part of the show as their contract was for Blantyre and Lilongwe shows only .

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    Judy Boucher to perform in Malawi

    After successfully hosting the Sand  Music Festival, Malawi's father of music Lucius Banda has confirmed that the Reggae Pop, lovers rock and R & B celebrated singer Judy Boucher is expected to perform in Malawi in February 2016. [caption id="attachment_100519" align="alignright" width="150"]Judy Boucher to perform in Malawi Judy Boucher to perform in Malawi[/caption] Banda made the confirmation when he performed at his Zembani Lodge in a pre-christmas show on 23rd December, 2015. According to Banda, Boucher will perform on Valentine’s day-14th February, 2016 at a venue to be announced later. Boucher is one of the best singers across the globe and launched her solo career in 1985 after producing her hit song "dreaming of a little island". She then released another bombshell "cant be with you tonight" which made a breakthrough and reached position 2 in UK singles chart in 1987. Some of the popular albums Boucher released include Tears on my pillow-1993, Devoted to you-1994, Take me as I am-1996 and Sunshine and dreams-2007.

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    Onesimus

    Record was broken on Monday at Malawimusic.com website when one particular song, ‘Miracle Money’ done by Onesmus Muzik, had to attract an incessant traffic for downloads to an extent that the website had to jam for some good 30 minutes, Nyasa Times can reveal. [caption id="attachment_89350" align="alignright" width="600"]Onesimus Onesimus[/caption] The download trend which was closely monitored by Nyasa Times was hitting a surprising 11, 000 downloads in a space of 11 hours clearly beating the record which had been held by Gwamba. Gwamba’s hit track “John Tembo” broke the record by achieving slightly over 9, 000 downloads in 24 hours. Apparently, Miracle Money hit may as well stand out for a considerable long period of time before it gets outdone by any song on the downloads achievement as it stands estimated that at its download rate, about 23, 000 downloads will have been achieved in 24 hours of its upload. Speaking to Nyasa Times, Malawimusic.com representatives, Timothy Mtilosanje, conceded that Miracle Money hit has, so far, established its own league since Malawimusic.com music download platform was launched in 2011. “Our last record was a song titled John Tembo done by Gwamba. It fetched over 9, 000 downloads in 24 hours. Which means to outdo this record, the next track needed to achieve 10, 000 or more downloads. Apparently, Miracle Money has surpassed that benchmark. It’s not 24 hours yet but the track has managed to pull over 11, 000 downloads. It is not even 12 hours yet, actually it’s 11 hours since it has been uploaded,” said Mtilasanje at 18:54 GMT when the song was standing at 11, 237 downloads. The Miracle Money song, which has exploded itself into the arena with a disturbing bang, is contained in Onesmus Muzik’s newly produced album titled “Epikaizo” which has a total of 14 tracks. The song was uploaded along with other songs by other artists including ‘Aposa’ by an artist called Jay Stranger (31 downloads); ‘Bank Account’ by Real Curth (39 downloads); ‘Andisophore’ by Trap C (541 downloads); and ‘Bawa Bawa’ by Mayar Noel ft Martse (2, 044 downloads) among others.

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    Onesimus | Miracle Money

    [embed]http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v56dk6Po8g0&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Hours after breaking downloads record by the neck, the Miracle Money hit, by Onesimus Muzik, has now been followed by a hot video which has been released in the dying hours of Tuesday, January 29, 2015. The video, which has been shot from a flying Jet which belongs to Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, is directed by one of Malawi’s finest producers and video director, Suzek. The footage reflects the lyrical content in a stylish manner that demonstrates the serious levels Malawi music production has gone. The Miracle Money hit of which audio pulled a shocking download record of over 19, 000 downloads within 24 hours, a record that never existed in Malawi music download history, was released Monday, 28 January, 2015 on Malawimusic.com. Meanwhile, Onesimus Muzik’s competitors in the music industry have excused that the record-breaking downloads were achieved mainly because his hit was highly advertised through Bushiri’s Facebook page and heavy link sponsorship. But speaking to Nyasa Times, the promoter of the song, Kelvin Sulugwe, responded to such objections in parables as follows: “You know, it’s funny that someone can make such a laughable objection. Clearly, those people advancing such excuses are yet to know what music promotion is all about. Actually it’s like travelling from Lilongwe to Blantyre, some people will travel by bus while others will fly. “It is only folly for someone to complain why the other one chose to fly when the ultimate goal was to get to Blantyre with any means necessary. What artists should know is that talent without good marketing is dead. They will only shine among their relatives and groupies, only to fade down just like that,” he said. Sulugwe has since promised to champion the record-breaking legacy for a while before another promoter can beat him. “By the way, this is not the first time that my promotion efforts have broken record on Malawi Music Website. I started with Kalawe’s Dzuka Malawi Remix. All in all, I promise to maintain this record-breaking task for any willing artist who is ready to invest what it takes. “Believe me, it will take a while before any music promoter will successfully attempt to beat my established record which I am up in arms to maintain and let me put this challenge, any promoter who will break this record in the next 30 days, I will give him MK100 thousand,” Sulugwe challenged. Miracle Money, which is projected to be the opening hot hit of the year 2016 is one of the 14 tracks packed in Onesimus Muzik’s newly produced album titled ‘Epikaizo’. Other tracks which include ‘Looking for Somebody’ are set to roll the pace before the year 2015 ends.

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    Manganya (R) stands in the dock as he listens to the judge in Cashgate episode

    Actor Micheal Usi , hose showbiz moniker is Manganya, is shooting a Cashgate episode of the Tikuferanji soap to be screened early next year. [caption id="attachment_100594" align="alignright" width="600"]Manganya (R) stands in the dock as he listens to the judge in Cashgate episode Manganya (R) stands in the dock as he listens to the judge in Cashgate episode[/caption] Mangany , who caused stir in the country when he was filming the biographical film of the founding president Kamuzu Banda, is featuring High Court judge Mike Tembo and lawyers Andrew Salamba and Fostino Maele in the cashgate episode. Another High Court Judge Sylvester Kalembera is also guiding actors on court proceedings. In the episode, Manganya is a prime suspect in the cashgate trial and stands in the dock at the High Court registry in Blantyre accused of embezzling public funds amounting to K1 billion (about $1.5million). Manganya is answering charges of corruption by a public officer, which is contrary to Section 24 (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act (Cap 7:04). The plot alleges that Manganya on or about the 20th of January 2015, being the owner of Manganya Construction Company, corruptly gave Mr Phuma K200 000 (about $309) as an inducement for the award of a tender for the construction of a hospital. Manganya through his company, received three government cheques totalling K1 billion meant of the construction of Moyo Wabwino Hospital but no work had been done. “ Poor people are dying of hunger, poverty and diseases simply because [cashgate],” said Usi in explaining the motivation of the episode in Tikuferanji which mostly depicts on HIV/aids issues.

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    Rev Chimwemwe Mhango, Martha Mituka and Lulu - Photo by Chris Loka, Nyasa Times

    Musicians Associations of Malawi (MAM) says there is need for tough rules to be put in place for international music promoters to avoid duping Malawian music lovers. [caption id="attachment_99051" align="alignright" width="567"]Rev Chimwemwe Mhango, Martha Mituka and Lulu - Photo by Chris Loka, Nyasa Times Rev Chimwemwe Mhango, Martha Mituka and Lulu - Photo by Chris Loka, Nyasa Times[/caption] MAM president Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango said this after music fans in Malawi complained that they were duped of their money after Morgan Heritage failed to bring in a live band instead used CDs. Mhango said his office was overwhelmed with complaints. "We don't expect organisers to cheat people. MAM has received a lot of complaints. My in tray is full, there are many texts in my phone, on Whatsapp. Music fans want to find out what we are doing about it," said Mhango, a respected veteran singer. He said MAM, Copyright Society of Malawi and government share the blame because they have not put in place stringent measures to avert such malpractices. "MAM, Cosoma and government were supposed to be notified. We were supposed to scrutinise the contractual agreement," said Mhango. He said his organisation, Cosoma and government will now work together to protect Malawian music fans. Mhango said not long ago, music fans were robbed of their money after an international musician failed to turn up for his scheduled shows after people had already bought tickets. The music fans have not yet been refumded their money. A South African music organiser who organised the show was arrested and his case is court in Lilongwe.

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  • 01/01/16--13:38: Maskal marriage on the rocks
  • Maskal & Sekai:  Zilindi Iwe star in marriage crisis

    Award-winning R&B singer Maskal, born Masiye Kansalu, has been dumped by his wife Sekai Mponda over infidelity allegations. [caption id="attachment_44614" align="alignright" width="600"]Maskal & Sekai: Zilindi Iwe star in marriage crisis Maskal & Sekai: Zilindi Iwe star in marriage crisis[/caption] The two who married two years ago and have a daughter are said to have been on separation for over a year now. Maskal, presently in South Africa for shows and holidays is said to be in new love with one Tapiwa Nkhoma – a UK based Malawi lady. A relation confided in Nyasa Times that things have been shoddy for the two since Maskal went for a UK performance tour in November, 2013. “He [Maskal] stopped communicating to his wife, and instead of coming back the following month, he came back three months later in February, 2014,” the family member said. “After his return, Sekai started noticing strange behaviours on the part of Maskal, and eventually realized that he had a girlfriend in the UK. She asked Maskal about it but he denied saying she was just one of his fans. They kept on arguing about the issue until in March 2014 when they separated with Sekai moving to her uncle’s place.” According to the family member, Maskal left for South Africa in April to perform in Cape Town, and from there he proceeded to Europe without Sekai knowing. Nyasa Times understands that Maskal has been refusing to meet with Sekai’s uncle to formally process the divorce. He has reportedly apologized to Sekai and is seeking reunion but Sekai is not for the idea. “In February, Maskal was literally chased by Sekai at her house after she noticed he was still in touch with Tapiwa who by then was in the country for holidays at her home village in Salima. After months of separation, Maskal came to Sekai again pleading with her to bury the hatchet on the basis that there was no way he would marry Tapiwa considering the fact that it is Sekai who knows him from his childhood. But Sekai is said to have given up on Maskal, and does not want him in her life anymore. When Nyasa Times contacted her, Sekai said she did not want to comment about her private life in public. “I’ve respect for Maskal, and for your own information Maskal is the father of my daughter,” said Sekai. And in an interview from South Africa, Maskal expressed ignorance of the whole story. He said he knew nothing of a “separation” before cutting the call.

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    Duncan 'Gwamba' Zgambo

    Malawian hip hop artist Duncan Zgambo, who is popularly known by his fans as Gwamba, has switched over to gospel music. [caption id="attachment_100727" align="alignright" width="400"]Duncan 'Gwamba' Zgambo Duncan 'Gwamba' Zgambo[/caption] He made the revelation Friday night via social media, informing his fans that he had quit secular music. “I would like to announce that from now onwards I will be making music for the Lord and I will have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with secular music,” announced Gwamba on Facebook. Gwamba’s statement came hours after attending his brother in-law, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s Crossover Night at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. “The Lord has been amazing to me and I am a sinner, this is the least I can do for God. I hope you will still support me and may the grace of God be with you in return. “I love you all and thank you so much for taking me this far, now it’s time for God to take me further,” he continued in his declaration. South Africa based gospel singer Onesimus, who is under Bushiri’s Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG), welcomed Gwamba’s decision to venture into gospel music. He posted a video on Twitter with the caption: “CONGRATULATIONS @GwambaMw FOR ACCEPTING JESUS AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOUR. WHERE IS THE DEVIL NOW?? #BushiriGeneration”. Gwamba is best known for songs such as ‘Tikakumane Kumadzi’ ‘Sindingasiye Bawa’, ‘Carina Ya Mdala’, ‘Ndiyima Pachulu’, ‘Bola Kusache’, ‘Ineyo wa Lero’ and ‘Munthu’. The rapper started off his career when he joined the now defunct Lilongwe hip hop group Pittie Boys in 2007 and released an album titled ‘Sounds of the City’ in 2010. He went solo in 2012 and released the mixtape ‘Ghetto Attitude’, which put him in the limelight and landed him a management deal with Transformers Music, which he later dumped to join another Blantyre stable Prime Time Media (PTM). The artist released his first album ‘Kudutsa Pakhoma’ under PTM in 2014, before he terminated his contract and became a partner at Soul Rebel Entertainment (SRE), before he dumped it in November following disagreements with management. Gwamba has been dominating the game for the past three years. His fans were expecting him to release his unfinished second album ‘Chako Si Changa’ which he launched a week before walking away from SRE.  

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    Q Malewezi

    Multi-decorated performing poet Qabaniso Malewezi has announced the launch of his spoken word album slated for April 2 at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital Lilongwe. [caption id="attachment_58935" align="alignright" width="594"]Q Malewezi Q Malewezi[/caption] Malewezi told Nyasa Times  that he was still “working on the details” and “still recording the material.” He explained: “As for the event itself, I will feature four up and coming and three established poets. I will also have a guest performer from South Africa.” According to him, they were also “developing an application for poets who are passionate about spoken word and poetry” in general. He said “both the CD and the application will be launched [on the 2nd of April]. Some of the poems to be included in the CD are the ones Malewezi has performed at a number of venues all over the world, Nyasa Times understands. Malewezi, better known as ‘Q’, grew up in Lilongwe. With a passion for the arts, he studied performing arts at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) in the United Kingdom. Despite his accumulated expertise in music, Q found his voice in poetry. In 2015, Mzuzu University (Mzuni) awarded Q an honorary doctorate for his positive impact on the country’s arts.

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  • 01/03/16--19:59: A look at modeling in Malawi
  • There are suggestions that government should intervene to protect models like these. Photo by Kimpho Loka.

    In Malawi, if there is an industry that has been the slowest growing and the most criticized, then it has to be the modeling. [caption id="attachment_100781" align="alignright" width="400"]Model Sharon Kadangwe. Photo by Kimpho Loka. Model Sharon Kadangwe. Photo by Kimpho Loka.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_100780" align="alignright" width="400"]There are suggestions that government should intervene to protect models like these. Photo by Kimpho Loka. There are suggestions that government should intervene to protect models like these. Photo by Kimpho Loka.[/caption] Models have been called prostitutes to begin with, and it has on several occasions been blamed for misleading the youth and disrespecting the country’s culture and traditions. I guess it’s safe to call it the black sheep of the industries. However, in a bid to change the outlook the general public has on the industry in Malawi, 2015 saw dazzling and unique shows, including WAFE and HAEZ, which showcased Malawian designs, designers and models. On top of that, the amazing videos released this year featuring Malawian models cannot be ignored. These developments show just how much Malawians have grown in awareness and embracement of the industry. But is it safe to say the modeling industry is ready to take off on the international scene? “Not yet. We still have a long way to go,” observes Samuel Sozela of Sparkling Photography in an interview with Nyasa Showbiz. Sozela, who works with models on a regular basis, feels that the industry is not ready to take off internationally. “I think there has to be modeling agencies and companies that will only focus on how to improve modeling in Malawi. “Our models also need a lot of training. I’ve been to events where you’d clearly see that a model on stage had no idea what they were doing or what they were supposed to do. “People forget that modeling is not just about walking on the stage but also knowing what to do next at a particular time,” he states. Sharon Kadangwe, a model who has worked with big companies such as Airtel Malawi and Nedbank, as well as different designers among them Vanessa Nsona of DoroVee, Lillian Koreia of Miizu, Terrence Edwards of TMD and Lauretta of LV, suggests having a union for the industry. “Malawi is very far from being taken seriously internationally. I think some Malawian models have what it takes to make it out there, but we don’t have an industry here to support us,” says the model. “We are growing, but nothing tangible has been done yet. A union or committee would definitely be a way to start. There needs to be an independent body that sets the standard prices for all modeling work, which would be the foundation of some serious professionalism. “Those who want to model professionally must register. Not everyone is a model. Pretty or unique looks don’t always mean you are the model-type,” adds the model who was also part of the Malawi Fashion Week 2013. Capital FM’s Elita Soko observes: “The problem with modeling is the standards are set based on the western culture. There is a particular body type associated with modeling, which again is western. “As long as we have a culture that we think we should adhere to, there is no way that the industry will grow to a point it can be taken to the international level, because we need to meet the standards which contradict with our beliefs as Malawians.” There have been suggestions that government should be involved in coming up with policies for the industry. “Government needs to be convinced that modeling is valuable enough, economically and socially. We need to prove its worth first,” says Soko. Business and Entertainment journalist Earlene Chimoyo agrees that modeling has not flourished in Malawi because of cultural misconceptions and the public’s mindset about the industry and the players. “To change the situation we need a multifaceted approach. As a country we must intensify awareness campaigns on women and girls empowerment in the social circles,” comments Chimoyo. On policies, she says “It would be imperative to come up with guidelines that would promote use of local talent in the marketing of local and international products in the country. This would see the industry booming because then models, modeling agencies, and designers would find a ready market. And this policy should also encompass issues of protection of rights of people in this industry. To this effect then I would say the government would need to play a role because such policies would have to be made national and properly gazetted.” Are these ideas viable in 2016? Will the New Year see the growth of the industry? What other ideas do you think should be implemented? Please do share in the comments section.

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    Ma Blacks : Homosexuality is immoral

    Malawi’s reggae kings Black Missionaries have added their voice of support to lawmaker-cum-musician Lucius Banda in disapproving homosexual acts, saying it isn't "right". [caption id="attachment_70980" align="alignright" width="600"]Ma Blacks : Homosexuality is immoral Ma Blacks : Homosexuality is immoral[/caption] Banda has been making headlines for his standpoint against homosexuality- locally known as Mathanyula - after he saw two men kissing in the audience as he was performing at Zitherepano on Christmas Eve. Black Missionaries manager Ras Ray Harawa said the reggae stars are rallying behind Lucius Banda, self-acclaimed Soldier of the Poor, on his anti-homosexuality stand. Harawa said ‘Mathanyula’ is immoral and has no place in Malawi. “We have better things to be worried with than discussing gays whose acts are immoral, influenced by Western powers,” said Ras Harawa. He is quoted in the press also saying, gays “better do their stuff in their bedrooms than in public”. Harawa said Black Missionaries can’t stop LGBTI people from coming to their shows but asked them to “behave.” Banda, Balaka North legislator for United Democratic Front (UDF) who has proposed holding a national referendum to ask citizen if the country should decriminalise homosexuality, admitted that homosexuals do exist. He, however, said LGBTI people should not be publicly showing their same-sex lifestyle as that would be tantamount to “provocation” to heterosexual people. “They can do their stuff in their homes, just like they can come to our shows and enjoy,” he said. Banda stood his ground, insisting that he has a right to express himself and that he is not homophobic or inciteful as branded by a leading gay rights NGO Centre for Development of People (Cedep) executive director Gift Trapence. The musician said he even tells his children that he can disown them if they are homosexuals. “We are all sinners but we don’t have to parade with our sins in public,” said Banda. Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu announced amid pressure from several Western countries—including the United States of America (USA) and Germany—United Nations and Human Rights Watch (HRW) that Malawi suspended enforcement of anti-gay laws, among them Sections 137(a), 153, 154 and 156 of the Penal Code pending a High Court review of their constitutionality.

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    Royo: I enjoyed my 21st and 22nd years

    Juliet Royo, also better known as Royo Julz, is one of the blossoming female radio personalities in Malawi. Loved for her charming voice and one of a kind music selection, Juliet is becoming a darling to many urban youths through the Spotlight, a Tuesday night show which she co-hosts with Ian Simbota and features prominent people on the local entertainment scene. Kimpho Loka had a chat with the MBC Radio 2FM presenter. [caption id="attachment_100905" align="alignright" width="400"]Royo: You need to have confidence. Royo: You need to have confidence.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_100904" align="alignright" width="600"]Juliet Royo (right) captured sharing a moment with friends. Juliet Royo (right) captured sharing a moment with friends.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_100903" align="alignright" width="400"]Royo: I enjoyed my 21st and 22nd years Royo: I enjoyed my 21st and 22nd years[/caption] Tell us more about Juliet, off and on air. Off air: I am a reserved person, I keep to myself. Am an avid reader, my free times are filled with sleeping and watching movies or hanging out with my peoples. I observe a lot. I’m always looking for ways to better myself whether it’s physically, spiritually, character-wise or financially. On air: I could be really inquisitive sometimes, am loud and opiniated The name Royo Julz, an interesting name that fits you perfectly, how did it come about? Thank you! [Smiles]. Oh well [shrugs]… I couldn’t come up with a twitter name when I tried to sign up so I just used my name. My friends call me Julz instead of Juliet and Royo is my surname What’s fascinating about radio? The fact that you talk all alone in a soundproof room is fascinating alone, I think [smiles]. Also the fact that as a radio presenter you always need to have that confidence that there is a listener(s) out there, whether there is really someone tuned in it’s scary and exciting at the time because all you have is hope. What’s the best age to be and why? You do host call-in programs, mostly at night, who’s your frequent and favorite caller? Uuuhm I haven’t done those in a while ‘cause of the Spotlight slot, but from the days that I used to do it, there was a guy named Emanuel, he was a lot of fun.   If you weren’t talking to us now, what would you be doing? Probably up and down running errands. I am into business management and investments. I also do voiceovers, ads and acting so am usually on the road most parts of my days. Business management and investments, do you mind sharing your investments and why your peers should borrow a leaf from you on that business tip? I can’t give all details of my investments lest my business partners would kill me [laughs]. But personally I invest in anything I can get my hands on. Sometimes if fails sometimes it pays off. Investments like bonds, treasury bills, shares and other businesses as per available opportunities. It’s important to save for that rainy day, it’s a tip my father instilled in me when I was a little girl. I have known what and how it is to have literally nothing and I seriously don’t want to go back there hence my hands-on on savings and that sort of thing. My peers should borrow a leaf because having your business interests is satisfying, risky but fulfilling. I hear so many of my fellow youths saying they don’t want to work for anyone or for far long. That they hope to do their own thing, but how are you going to start up if you can’t save now or lay the foundation while you can? Interesting. Now back to radio, what makes your station unique? How would you compare it to other stations? Radio 2 FM is diverse. Its primary audience is the youths, but the way that goal is diversified and launched into a number of ways to reach out to the people is interesting. It also has the best presenters and DJs in the industry. People who [have] been in the game for far too long. I feel super privileged to work alongside them every single day. What would people be surprised to learn about you? I won’t take a cold shower even a hottest day. I hate cold water! And I have anthropophobia (social phobia). Talking about social, do you believe social media has made a difference in people’s lifestyle in Malawi? Most definitely! One of the major influences on a person’s life is peer pressure and I believe that with social media in the recent years, peer pressure has gotten too real. It’s both good and bad depending on one’s gate-keeping. What makes you believe you are doing enough to promote local music? I wouldn’t want to believe that am doing enough to promote local music because there is room for improvement all the time no matter how good things are. Therefore, I think there is room to do more. Your Top 3 Malawian songs on your playlist? I always listen to Redemption by David Kalilani, so I place it on position one. I like the single Home Grown African released recently, Nobody and it comes second. On number three there’s Lilia’s Home, I don’t think I will ever get over it. You’re also an actress, what’s the best role you’ve played in your career? I played a chief’s wife on a stage play in Smith Likongwe’s “Presidential Prerogative” a couple of years ago, it was an interesting experience. Does the film industry have a future in Malawi? Yes it does. With time I believe it will do well. It needs massive support from the government, the corporate world, the actors themselves to be organized and united as well as the citizens to be as supportive as they can be. One’s early twenties I think. It’s time to lay out a path for oneself. You start to find yourself as a person and it can be quiet intense. I enjoyed my 21st and 22nd years, both the painful and happy experiences. How old is Julz? Julz was born 25 years ago [smiles]. What’s your best night out? Bonding with my favorite people over dinner or a good movie. Who’s your best male friend and how did the two of you meet? We met through my work six years ago. His name is Lim. Connect with Juliet on Social Media Facebook: Juliet Theodorah Royo Twitter: @Royojulz Instagram: miss_royo_ —Photos courtesy of Juliet Royo—

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    Lilongwe based reggae group Soul Raiders  entertaining people at Mibawa Café in Blantyre

    One of Malawi's top reggae outfits the Soul Raiders Band has outlined a new challenge as they are now aiming to break through the international platform both in their music production and performances. [caption id="attachment_85250" align="alignright" width="600"]Lilongwe based reggae group Soul Raiders  entertaining people at Mibawa Café in Blantyre Lilongwe based reggae group Soul Raiders entertaining people at Mibawa Café in Blantyre[/caption] Soul Raiders Band lead vocalist Prince Martin disclosed this in an interview with Nyasa Times. According to Martin, this comes after the band had shared stage with various international artist in 2015. The band backed some artists  Fantan Mojah show at Lilongwe Golf Club and performed at Luciano  as well as at Morgan Heritage shows both at Silver Stadium in December. "Through these performances, the band has gained enough confidence in an itself. We have reached a stage where our production is supposed to be mature. "We are contemplating to produce our forth coming album with the best producers in South Africa," said Martin The band started in 2001 at University of Malawi - Chancellor College, revived in January 2011 it now consists of three original members and four other talented young musicians with super-blessed with reggae music command.

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    Maskal and Tapiwa: Dating

    Tapiwa Nkhoma, a Manchester based Malawian girl who is dating Zili Ndi Iwe hit maker Maskal, born Masiye Kansalu,  has accused her critics of unfairly demonising her, defending her romance with the award-winning R&B singer insisting their relationship began after his affair with Sekai Mponda ended. [caption id="attachment_101078" align="alignright" width="244"]Tapiwa Nkhoma: I am not a home wrecker Tapiwa Nkhoma: I am not a home wrecker[/caption] [caption id="attachment_101077" align="alignright" width="490"]Maskal and Tapiwa: Dating Maskal and Tapiwa: Dating[/caption] Nyasa Times reported that Maskal and Sekai who they have a daughter together are said to have been on separation for over a year now. The relationship is said to have hit rock bottom since Maskal went for a UK performance tour in November, 2013 when he met Tapiwa. But when contacted for her comment, Tapiwa denies being responsible for Maskal and Sekai problems, saying she began relationship with the singer after he had separated with Sekai. “We didn't start seeing each other until after they had separated,' she said. Tapiwa also said Maskal was not a married man and hence he is not a home wrecker. “He only engaged Sekai and lived together for less than six months in Machinjiri,” said Tapiwa. On how they started their romance, Tapiwa said: “Maskal met me in UK on my birthday December 21 2013. And I was unaware about his life in Malawi. When I asked him about his love life, he said to me that the relationship with his baby mother was not working and he had decided to move on.” Tapiwa said Sekai should take responsibility for her breakdown of their relationship with Maskal, saying she also has skeletons in the cupboard that forces the singer to walk away. She claims Sekai has also moved on. “Maskal loves his two year old daughter and I have much respect for his daughter alone and not the mother who goes out with sugar daddies for money yet at the same time claiming to be Maskal’s wife. No one blessed their marriage, it was just an engagement,” said Tapiwa. “I have known Maskal for two years now, he is not a perfect guy neither I am but we get along very well. I see nothing wrong with that,” she said. “All I do is encourage him spiritually and to take a good care of his daughter. And I do care about his daughter a lot,” Tapiwa said. She said Maskal is a loving man and would not have left Sekai “if she was a wife material.” Tapiwa stressed that she did not destroy the union of Sekai and Maskal, saying she is “a very responsible lady.” According to Tapiwa, the family of the singer has embraced her very well. She sauid she was speaking from Malawi where she is on holiday and having “quality good time” with Maskal. When Nyasa Times contacted Sekai, she did not want to comment about her private life in public. “I’ have much respect for Maskal, and for your own information Maskal is the father of my daughter,” said Sekai. Maskal has been tight lipped on the matter.

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