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- 02/09/16--11:34: Roy View breaks into Malawi fashion industry
- 02/11/16--01:26: Valentine singletons ‘Masquerade’ party in Lilongwe
- 02/11/16--14:36: Lilongwe in action-packed Valentine’s weekend
- 02/11/16--14:44: Malawi songbird Lilia promises unusual sound in 2016
- 02/15/16--02:03: Lulu, Faith Mussa to entertain Mchinji fans
- 02/15/16--02:05: Umunthu ministry holds love relationship seminar in Lilongwe
- 02/15/16--18:01: Ma Blacks, Wailing Brothers mourn keybodist Thugo
- 02/15/16--21:39: Malawi prison band miss Grammy glory as Kidjo wins
- Download the song here: http://www.malawi-music.com/S/880-suffix/1428-mkazi-wa-kumwamba/3796-mkazi-wa-kumwamba-feat-faith-mussa.
- 02/18/16--19:21: Paul Banda, Chitheka to perform at Joseph Chirwa album launch
- 02/18/16--19:27: Lulu signs upcoming artist Mike Akitivi: Two promo singles out
- 02/22/16--01:37: Blakjak returns to Times TV after alleged suspension
- 02/22/16--04:23: Tay Grin flies to SA to shoot ‘Chipapapa’ video: Next stop UK
- 02/23/16--02:14: Kamuzu film ‘Kale’ will be distributed for free –Manganya
To many followers of Malawi music, Roy Banda is a talented young man who has in the past few years made his name in Malawi’s reggae/dancehall music industry. [caption id="attachment_103103" align="alignright" width="514"] Roy View poses as a model for one of his designs[/caption] He’s known for songs like ‘Been working’ and ‘Ukhale’ and is currently commanding a massive following amongst the youth. However, much of the other side of Roy View aka Roy View Banda remains unknown to many. Roy View is yet again one of Malawi’s young entrepreneurs who owns and runs a clothing line called ‘Unique Designs from Malawi’ and is harboring a big vision. Unique Designs founded November 2014, specializes in both men and women fashion wear with the men’s cloth especially being made from traditional cloth. Roy View comes up with the designs and works on the garments himself but sometimes uses the hand of a tailor under his employment and supervision. “I have always had a great passion for fashion and it has always been inside me to do something about fashion. “But, this idea was conceived in me when people started commending me on the uniqueness of my dressing and as a result of this; I started making my own clothes just to look more and more unique. “And when I was in school, people were even more astonished by how the shirts were looking. This subsequently gave me the courage to start using this talent as an investment and probably start making money out of it that I started making these garments available for sale,” said he. According to the dancehall artist cum fashion designer, he has so far received a good response from a lot of people who have been impressed with the garments. This he said even ignites his desire to take the clothing line onto greater heights. “I have very big dreams. As of now, I want to focus on Malawi. I want to open a big shop by the end of this year so that people can have a variety of choices from there. Then I will think of opening more shops and employ more people. “Then later I intend to expand my operations to focus on the rest of Africa and subsequently the world,” said Roy View who has ‘Reformation’ and ‘Heart and Soul’ albums to his credit. “The only challenge right now is that business is becoming hard due to the falling of the kwacha and this is making prices to rise each and every day. As a result, customers tend to think you are trying to rip them off. “But all in all, the youth are lo falling in love with my designs and are the regular customers. I am very confident about the success of this venture because if there is one thing I am sure of is that nothing can beat the uniqueness of my productions and soon I will be fully recognized,” said Roy View.--Mana
Veteran musician ‘Sir’ Paul Banda has been lined up to give love birds a special treat prior to the Valentine’s Day as a headliner for the Valentine’s Eve Concert set for Saturday evening at Comesa Hall in Blantyre. [caption id="attachment_103071" align="alignright" width="600"] Tonderai Banda: Valentine concert[/caption] [caption id="attachment_47657" align="alignright" width="600"] Paul Banda: To perform[/caption] The Balaka-based musician backed by Alleluya band is set to lighten up the mood for lovers alongside gospel music golden boys Faith Musa and Patience Namadingo in a red-carpet event which promises more surprises for the audience. Organized by Entertainers Promotions, aside from music, the concert is expected to be preceded by a photo-booth. “Between 6pm to 7pm couples will be allowed to take pictures or have their pictures taken in the photo-booth. And there will be free roses for ladies at the door,” explained Tonderai Banda Entertainers Promotions Managing Director. Banda said apart from music performance, there will be a cocktail dance as well as a raffle draw sponsored by Blockbuster Megastore. “There will be an open bar for those who like to drink, snacks and food on sale. This is a different show all together; all along we have been organizing outdoor shows and now we want to offer our fans a different show, a memorable red-carpet event,” added Banda. Paul Banda is a veteran Malawian musician and elder brother and mentor to Malawi’s celebrated music great Lucius Banda. He formed one of Malawi's first pop groups, Alleluya Band, in the late 1970's and is now a solo musician and music producer. Valentines Days falls on 14th February each year.
A rising hip-hop artist Slessor Munthali has accused award winning artist Gwamba of reproducing a verse of his Puputa Misonzi song to fuse it in hit song, Better. [caption id="attachment_103233" align="alignright" width="519"] Better fued: Gwamba and Slessor[/caption] Puputa Misonzi was released on January 1 2016 whereas Better -which is getting more famous -was released at the end of the same month when Gwamba turned into a gospel artist. Gwamba and Slessor have taken the centre stage of the industry with a war of words. The two have been throwing jabs at each other on social media. And Slessor accuses Lilongwe-based rapper Gwamba of copying “the first lines of the first verse in Puputa Misozi.” He claimed Gwamba has translated his lyrics in Chichewa , accusing him of copyright infringement. Gwamba dismissed the accusation as outrageous, saying Slessor is seeking public attention. “Right now the only way that guy [Slessor] can make it to the newspaper is when there is a story that has my name on it. I’m tired of making rappers relevant. That’s all I’m going to say on this issue. Otherwise, there is a difference between a phrase and a sentence. “If someone says ‘Mkazi umakhala kuti’ then another says ‘Mkazi umakhala kuti’ then it means they have stolen a song from each other? Or else, Cardwell Bobby once said in his song ‘I know you wonder why’ and in Better I said ‘Ndikudziwa pena umadabwa’ then it means I stole my song from Bobby? “People love the song, and I thank God for that. We all need to live with that. But it’s good to be surprised sometimes,” said Gwamba. The two singers have had bad relationship of late. The Mzuzu-bred Slessor, now based in Blantyre, said the feud was created by Gwmaba when hes started “throwing subliminal lines in one of his songs that is affiliated with my label HB Records.” “He said ‘Inu you work hard, ine I work harder, inu mukamawekha hard ine ndima spenda’ when the “I work hard” is HB’s moto. Then he went on to further take shots at Tanaposi [my label mate] by saying ‘John Chilembwe anatha fasho,” claimed Slessor. Gwamba said those claims are jabs of a dying horse as the ‘I work hard’ motto is a DJ Khalid motto and no Malawian rapper or label would claim owning it. Slessor continued to say that Gwamba has, since then, been shunning songs that had him together with the HP Records lyricist. This comes after another celebrated rapper Tay Grin was implicated in a copyright infringement case, accused of stealing Chipapapa song from little known Zizzi-B. Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) senior licensing officer Rosario Kamanga said they only act on copyright cases when it has been established that there has been a violation.
In a bid to cater for singletons on Valentine’s Day, Macadamia Entertainment in partnership with N1 café & Grill has organized “Masquerade Singles Night” on 13th February 2016. According to Macadamia Entertainment Co-founder and manager Alinane Njolomole, the event has specially been developed with single people in mind in order to give them a chance to find a “valentine” they can spend the following day with. “The event is to take place on the eve of Valentine’s Day because as a team, Macadamia realized that most Valentine’s Day events are purely targeted at couples whilst there are a lot of single people out there too. Why not give them a chance to meet someone new during the season of love itself,” he explained. Njolomole further pointed out that event has been themed as a masquerade ball where attendees will be given extravagant masks upon entry to maintain a romantic and free atmosphere. “At the event, attendees can relax and be themselves while getting to know each other in an exciting environment. There will also be a professional photo-booth at the event and all in attendance are encouraged to dress in their most fashionable attire in order to make the night more memorable,” he said. The Masquerade singles night also boasts a roster of VIP guests which will be kept a secret until Friday 12th February 2016 when it will be officially announced on newly rebranded radio station, Timveni radio. “The official announcement will come through “The Friday Lounge”, a radio show on Timveni radio. If you listen to the show this Friday (12th February 2016), we will announce the VIP list and performers. Listeners will also have a chance to win VIP access to the event by entering a text competition which will be run during the show,” stated Alex “Dizzo” Kachepa, co-host of “The Friday Lounge”. The event will also have a live DJ as well as N1 café’s signature braai stand and refreshments bar ready to serve the hungry and thirsty. Located on the ground floor of the iconic Gemini house, N1 café is a local and international cuisine restaurant and bar in the heart of the capital city center area. The Masquerade singles night starts at 8pm on the 13th February and attracts an entry fee of MK2000.00. Entry fee will also provide for a masquerade mask. The “Masquerade singles night” is the first of many events to be hosted by Macadamia entertainment, a Lilongwe-based entertainment and events company specializing in urban events, talent promotion and entertainment marketing.
Lovebirds in Lilongwe will have an action packed valentine’s weekend full of events across the city. [caption id="attachment_88385" align="alignright" width="600"] Lucius Banda: To perform alongside Judy Boucher[/caption] On Saturday, fans will be treated to a “Be my Valentine” gig at Chez Ntemba and on Sunday, there are two major events, a Dziko FM valentine’s poetry festival at Lz-berg Sports and Leisure Center and Judy Boucher Valentine’s concert at BICC. FM 101 Power radio DJ Kenny Klips says he is set to invade Lilongwe’s Chez Ntemba with a gig dubbed “Be my Valentine” on Valentine’s eve, 13 February. Klips confirmed to this publication that all arrangements have been done and Lilongwe lovebirds should expect fireworks. “As usual I bring a different experience. I don't play sets; I give a performance, a DJ performance to be precise. Am bringing something for everyone,” he boasted. The Blantyre based outspoken DJ further pointed out that Lilongwe’s Chez Ntemba was chosen because it is spacious. Asked on why he decided to bring the party to the Capital City, Klips narrated, “As one of the biggest clubs in Malawi we needed a significant space to fit in the masses and Chez was the perfect selection.” According to the DJ, among other things, ladies will receive a rose flower before 11pm. The following afternoon, on the actual Valentine’s Day, Dziko FM has organized a poetry festival dubbed “Mchezo wa Alakatuli”, a showdown that will attract various poets from across the country. According to Dziko FM’s Facebook page, poets Josephy Madzedze, Samuel Josephy, Humble C, Raphael Sitima, Mr. Malawi, Aunt Getu and Atcheya among others are expected to perform alongside Dziko FM’s DJs at the event. In the evening, perhaps the highlight of all valentines’ events in the city, Caribbean songstress Judy Boucher is expected to perform alongside Musician – cum – politician, Lucius Banda. Impact Events, the organizers of the event confirmed to local press earlier this week that all is set and Boucher will be arriving in the country on 12 February. Banda said Malawians should be assured of a live band performance and no CDs will be used. Judy Boucher (born in St. Vincent in the Caribbean) is a reggae and R&B singer. Her first solo song "Dreaming of a Little Island" was a hit in the reggae charts in 1985, and she is best known for her international hit single "Can't Be with You Tonight", which reached number 2 in the UK singles chart in April 1987.
Songstress Carol “Lilia” Mataya, has promised different and unusual sound this year after taking a small break from the music scene. [caption id="attachment_103311" align="alignright" width="384"] Lilia[/caption] The Lilongwe based singer told this publication that she is currently on a break for personal reasons. “Well I am on a small break due to some personal reasons. But I'll be back later this year with something different and unusual,” Lilia said in an interview with Nyasa Times. She added, “My last musical project was "crossover". However, it was not released due to some financial reasons.” Although she doesn’t have an album to her credit, Lilia is not a new face in urban music and show business. She has also been on Television presenting for Luso TV. Despite being Gwamba’s backing vocalist on stage for a while, Lilia has worked with several artists including Young Kay, Third Eye, DJ Africa, A.K, Trix, Dominant 1, K2B Block, Dizzo, Harry B and Cash. “I have been produced by Sonye as well as Pro Pee, BFB, DJ Sley, DJ Africa again shared a stage with Kwaito/House legend Oskido, recorded with South Africa’s Hip Hop legend HHP and Blasto, the list is long but these are the highlights of my music,” she explained.
Malawian rapper – cum – writer Mandela Mwanza popularly known by his moniker “Third Eye” has once again impressed on an international collaborative song proving that he is one of the heavyweights in both local and international rap industry. [caption id="attachment_103380" align="alignright" width="600"] Awkword - Pic credits - MTV Base[/caption] [caption id="attachment_50695" align="alignright" width="600"] Third Eye performing at one of his previous shows in Malawi[/caption] The song “I AM” released on 9 February, was done by American rapper Awkword and it features nine artists from four continents including: ModeNine (Nigeria), Wakazi (Tanzania), Holstar (Zambia), The Assembly (South Africa) and Third Eye (Malawi). Reacting to the news via Facebook, on Friday Third Eye wrote, “Proud to represent Malawi on a global song both MTV Base and The Source Magazine have already written articles about. Truly, truly I say unto you, some of my life long dreams are coming true.” In an interview with Nyasa Times on Saturday, Third Eye said through the collaborative song he expects bigger doors to open. “I don’t do collabos expecting anything except that bigger doors will open. I’m surrounded by legends on that song and these days I’ve been feeling like one too. So yeah, it’s all good,” Third Eye disclosed. Commenting on recent articles that have been published on well known international entertainment news outlets like MTV Base and HipHopDX, the Malawian rapper explained, “I have always had a great relationship with MTV Base since my days living in Nairobi so I’m really happy that they shed more light on my brother Awkword’s efforts to use hip hop for a higher effort.” In the song, Third Eye is heard rapping, “The warm heart of Africa, there's never no war/But then we fight against the odds just to even the score/But in Malawi what's war, is adding up all these votes/For these fat politicians never knowing the score... “…The floods are coming up, because the rain is going down/Thought I was coming up, until the floods came around/Malawi's named after a flame, so just imagine/A flame standing over the flood, and then he drown.” According to Awkword, “I AM” features 9 emcee sharing truths about their lives in their respective home countries across Africa, the Caribbean and the United States. “The song will appear on my 2016 EP “Mid-Flight”. All proceeds from the sale of the song will go towards financing the production of its music video so that all the artists featured can truly show who they are and where they’re from,” He said on his Bandcamp page. Awkword connected with Nigerian born Canadian producer, Teck-Zilla, Nigerian songstress Maka and French DJ J Hart to recruit an all-star cast of emcees to join him on the “I AM” global posse cut. Apart from the African artists, other artists featured on the song are Latasha Alcindor (USA) and Five Steez (Jamaica). Listen and buy the song here http://awkword.bandcamp.com/track/i-am-ft-modenine-five-steez-holstar-latasha-alcindor-third-eye-wakazi-the-assembly-maka-dj-j-hart-prod-by-teck-zilla
Fans in Mchinji should brace for extreme fun as the country’s top artists Lulu and Faith Mussa are set to tour the border district next week. [caption id="attachment_103481" align="alignright" width="500"] Faith Mussa in blue and his band[/caption] The two musicians, who are best known for their brilliance on the guitar and vocals, are scheduled to perform at Kwidu Holiday Resort on 27 February. They will be joined by Mafilika’s Ernest Ikwanga and poet Robert Chiwamba in what is dubbed “Proudly Malawian Art Concert”, produced by a new events firm Nthanda Artworks Dimensions (NAD). “We are going there with tuned guitars and we expect tuned audience,” Lulu commented ahead the concert. The “Mwachenjera Darling” singer, who disclosed he last performed in Mchinji five years ago, indicated in an interview that he was excited about the tour, which is expected to attract fans from the neighbouring Zambia. “It feels good to perform in a different environment and unusual lineup. Ernest and Faith are my friends but we haven’t played together yet, this is the time,” expressed the Lilongwe-based Mathumela vocalist and producer. Based in Blantyre, Faith Mussa, who is famed for his hit song “Desperate”, said he was looking forward to perform in Mchinji for the first time. “I am looking forward to it. Am sure my fans that side will be glad to meet me and interact with my music in person,” he indicated. “The equipment we are using is also brand new [and] we will give them a performance to remember.” The show will be hosted by Timveni TV personality and Christian rapper KBG, who is also NAD spokesperson. “This show is just the beginning of a series of events that we have aligned for Malawians; they should be on the lookout because more is coming and the best is what we are bringing,” KBG said in an interview. He added: “Our aim is to encourage Malawians to love their identity, culture and values. We want Malawians to be proud of who they are and where they are coming from hence our shows will feature artists who do music/art that has a dominant fusion of our cultural values. “Unlike any other art concerts, we will take our shows to the districts first and the cities next, but even in the districts people should expect 100 percent quality art without compromise, delivered to them the same way it’s delivered in the cities.” NAD is an events company aimed at promoting Malawian arts that carry the country’s values like music, movies, poetry, drama, and dances. Apart from events, NAD also hires out instruments, promotes performances and holds art workshops – sound engineering and management. The firm also has a studio and their goal is to set up a music academy and a record label that is aimed at promoting and reviving Malawian arts and culture from grassroots.
Residents of Area 18 and other surrounding locations in Lilongwe on Sunday cerebrated Valentine’s day in style as Uthunthu ministry organized a relationship seminar dubbed ” Love Yathunthu” held at 18 Lodge with an aim of helping people especially the youth on how to manage relationships. [caption id="attachment_103478" align="alignright" width="514"] Participants at the seminar[/caption] Speaking in an interview with Channel for All Nations radio, founder of Uthunthu ministries Caswell Mkanda said, they thought of organizing the seminar after looking at the challenges people face in managing relationships. “The foundation of any nation lies in the families and the relationships, therefore if we neglect relationships it means we are also neglecting the future of our nation,” he said. He added that people cannot talk of God if they don’t talk of love. “God is love and love is God, despite that the bible has never recorded anything to do with valentine but the fact that we commemorate love which is God the day is worthy cerebrating,” Mkanda said. One of the participants Dickson Kilowe described the seminar as a wakeup call which will help people start managing their relationships and families well. “This has completely changed our understanding especially on the meaning of relationships and how to manage it efficiently.” he said. Uthunthu ministries started in 2014 to help raise the standard of living of people especially the youth and to bring order in ministry.
Death has again hit the Chileka based reggae group leaving them in shock following the death of the band's long time keybodist Gift Thugo. [caption id="attachment_49441" align="alignright" width="600"] Blacks lose keyboardist[/caption] Thugo died on Monday at the Mulanje Mission hospital after a battle with pneumonia. Born on 30th October, 1982, the talented keybodist started his music career in 1988 with the Wailing Brothers before he was roped in to Black Missionaries by the founder of the Blacks band late Evison Matafale. The reigning Blacks frontman Anjiru Fumulani has described Thugo's death as a great loss and admitted every member is in great pain. "He has been with the group for years and we are all in great pain" said Fumulani in brief while confirming the death of Thugo. “His passage is a big loss to us since he contributed a lot to the band. He was talented and we will miss him very much,” said Fumulani. Wailing Brothers also paid tribute to Thugo. "Great talent has been lost," said Wailing Brothers Band manager Chigo Gondwe-Chokani. “He was there in the early 1990’s when the Wailing Brothers was formed. He was there when Matafale formed the Black Missionaries Band, and we wish he were here when the Wailing Brothers relaunch Unfinished Project later this month. “Simply put, he was talented, yet so down-to-earth and humble,” said Chigo. Burial programme for Thugo will be announced later. Meanwhile, condolence message are pouring in through the social media. May his soul rest in peace.
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP6y7k2eyeo[/embed] Malawi's Zomba Prison Project on Monday failed to win the Grammy award but they have put a mark in the music industry’s world most prestigious prize with their highly innovative nominee under the best world music album category which was won by Angelique Kidjo at the gala ceremony in Los Angeles. [caption id="attachment_103547" align="alignright" width="600"] Angelique Kidjo recieves the award for the Best World Music Album, Sings, onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy music Awards in Los Angeles on February 15, 2016 (AFP Photo / Robyn Beck)[/caption] Kidjo, Beninese-born singer based in United States, won for "Sings," a collection of her songs infused with Western classical traditions in a collaboration with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. This is the second straight year that Kidjo has won the Best World Music Album prize, after last year's "Eve" that paid tribute to African women. But despite not winning a Malawian line-up of convicted criminals have been noticed by the world music stage. The 20-track album, "I Have No Everything Here”, arranged by the US producer Ian Brennan, was recorded during recording sessions in a makeshift studio next to a noisy carpentry workshop at the Zomba maximum-security prison. Convicted murderer Elias Chimenya on bass guitar, burglar Stefano Nyirenda, and prison guard Thomas Binamo, one of the band's songwriters, are just some of the 60 prisoners, who make up Malawi's Zomba Prison Project band, "I am a reformed person, and music has helped me to be cool and deal with the situation of being incarcerated for life," Chimenya, who is serving a life term for killing a man in a quarrel, told AFP earlier in Malawi. The three others in contention for the World Music Grammy were all previous nominees -- satirist Anoushka Shankar, Brazilian legend Gilberto Gil and South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo. A visibly happy Kidjo, dressed in a colourful African dress, ran to the stage to accept the award and danced to James Brown's "I Feel Good," performed by a pit orchestra. She dedicated the Grammy to “all the traditional musicians in Africa.” "Africa is on the rise, Africa is positive, Africa is joyful," she said. "Let's get together and be one with music, and say no to hate and violence," she said to applause. Despite not winning the Grammy, the recognition the inmates have got will spur them on in the music industry. Ian Brennan, the album's producer and a 2012 Grammy award winner in his own right, told the Associated Press news agency that he was surprised that his "massive, money-losing labour of love" had gained attention on the world music stage.
Local DJs expect that Malawian Christian rapper Suffix’s latest song Mkazi Wa Kumwamba, which features vocalist/guitarist Faith Mussa, will be the next big hit in the country. [caption id="attachment_103631" align="alignright" width="600"] Malawi Christian rapper Suffix[/caption] [caption id="attachment_103630" align="alignright" width="600"] Suffix (right) on stage with Zambia's Mag44[/caption] Mkazi Wa Kumwamba, Suffix’s second release following his 2015 return from a two-year music hiatus, was released on Friday, 12 February. Five days after release, the track which sees the two gifted artists rap and sing about marriage tribalism in Malawi, has become one of the most-talked and played song on the land. It is also among the most downloaded songs on the local music platform, malawi-music.com, placed on number three in the Top 10 tracks this week, two steps below Tay Grin feat. 2Baba Chipapapa and Gwamba’s Better feat. Emm Q & Tammy. The track has amassed 23,804 downloads on the website alone, making it the second most-downloaded Christain rap song after Better, which to date has received 86,768 downloads, three weeks after release. “Overall ‘Mkazi Wa Kumwamba’ is a hit because the response is already positive in terms of radio play,” saidJoy Nathu, a radio and club DJ working with state broadcaster MBC Radio 2FM. Nathu observed that Mkazi Wa Kumwamba a song where Suffix shows his versatility as an artist by rapping in a more secular way while being observant of his gospel hip hop roots. He commented further: “The song is interesting because it talks about a general issue that raises questions as to how one can choose a lifelong partner, and the answer is found right in the song. “And the decision to bring in Faith Mussa makes the song unique because of his great vocals and helps explain more on the theme. It’s a very nice song because it’s mature and entertaining.” Joy FM radio DJ Marcus Pasanje, who is also a music producer and rapper, also gave positive reviews of the song. “Personally I really love that song. As a rapper he [Suffix] is on point, and having Faith [Mussa] on it will help attract a wider audience, it has all the qualities and potential to become the next Malawian hit,” explained Marcus, adding “Let's hope others will appreciate it the way I do.” Suffix, real name Aubrey George Ghambi, is a gospel rapper based in Blantyre. Before we went on a break, he releaseda mixtape titled D.O.S. Previously, Suffix released several singles including Necessary Noise, Ulendo Wa Kumwamba and his 2015 comeback song D.Y.M. D.Y.M, which got 30,000 downloads across Africa, was featured on the world’s largest Christian hip-hop online magazine Rapzilla. Suffix is currently ranked number 17 on the Top 20 list of Africa’s most influential Christian hip-hop artists. The 25-year-old has featured on Zambia’s award-winning producer/artist Mag44’s album Brave Only. Other notable collaborations are with Zambian artist/producer Geo and DJ Traffik, and Malawi’s David Kalilani. In 2015 he toured Zambiaand shared stages with celebrated artists including Lotahouse’s Pompi, Mag44 and Tim. Suffix has been produced by Daredevilz, Dhalie Beats, DJ Sley, BFB, Sticky Stacks, Zambia’s Stone and others. He is currently working with artists across the continent, from South Africa’s Lilly Million to Nigerian Limoblaze, Kenyan Astar, Ugandan Ruyonga and Zambia’s Olivia, among others. Listen to Suffix Mkazi Wa Kumwamba.
Private owned Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) has, by Beyond FM of Lilongwe, been implicated in a scathing transmitter theft scandal which the latter says was orchestrated by the former’s engineer, Solomon Haswell who was reportedly arrested by Police. [caption id="attachment_101988" align="alignright" width="385"] Kazako: Nonsense[/caption] But both Haswell and ZBS managing director, Gospel Kazako, laughed off the matter in separate interviews . Kazako told Nyasa Times that there was “no story.” Interfering with investigation However, Beyond FM director, Patrick Kamwenje, insisted that Haswell dismounted their transmitters in Dowa, Kasungu and Ntcheu. Kamwenje said that they had reported the missing of two of four transmitters to the police, and that the latter were handling the matter. “We’re sure of the two because those are the ones are in possession of Haswell. We’ve all evidence regarding this. We’re still trying to locate the other two,” he said. Kamwenje estimated the cost of each transmitter at about K6 million. He accused Kazako of interfering with the investigation process alleging that the decorated media owner was “using his influence” to make sure police’s decisions are in his favour. According to Kamwenje, Kazako was doing all he could to protect Haswell and influenced police to release him on bail. Said Kamwenje: “He [Kazako] knows about the theft. He is trying to save himself as well as ZBS but the good thing is that we’ve got all the evidence as far as this issue of theft is concerned.” He promised to send documents with information regarding the transmitters to Nyasa Times via email. We never got the email. Kamwenje further told Nyasa Times what ZBS had done impacted negatively on their business. “We have lost business because we can’t be heard to several of our listeners,” he said. No ZBS link But in an interview Haswell said it was unfortunate that the whole issue was being “linked to ZBS.” While he said that he really worked for ZBS, he said he was being implicated in the transmitter issue as Hachi-Tech Consultants – a consultancy firm which he owns. “It is unfortunate that there is mention of ZBS. It was me and Hachi-Tech Consultants. I was hired by Beyond FM to install their transmitters but even after charging them fairly, they still have not given me my money. It is almost about a year now,” said Haswell. He blamed Kamwenje of not being honest enough. “He is honest. He knows how many times I have reminded them of a remainder of my payment. Beyond FM took my pleas with a grain of salt. I have been taken for granted,” said Kamwenje. According to emails Haswell has shared with Nyasa Times, Beyond FM still owes Hachi-Tech Consultants K450 000 of a K950 000 fee that was charged. He confirmed keeping about six transmitters but insisted he had dismounted them because he was “tired of giving reminders” that bore no fruit. According to an email from Khumbo Sambo of Nile Holdings Limited – Beyond FM partners – request was made to Hachi-Tech Consultants to decommission six transmitters located in Dedza, Kasungu, Dowa and Dowa “at the earliest opportunity.” Nile Holdings Limited (NHL), we understand, was roped into the Beyond FM deal after Kamwenje had failed to “manage” the radio. NHL is reportedly said to have procured the transmitters and other equipment of the radio as part of the deal. “NHL actually owns 59 per cent shares in Beyond FM with only 41 per cent for Kamwenje,” a Beyond FM insider who refused to be named told Nyasa Times. The insider added: “Kamwenje and NHL must first resolve their issues before they can start accusing Haswell of anything. There are issues that need to be resolved in Beyond FM.” Asked why Beyond FM accused him of theft, Haswell said there was nothing like theft. “What I need is my money. I have no issues with Kamwenje or Beyond FM. It is my money that I want,” he said. He emphasized that it was a “non-ZBS issue” and rebutted media claims that he had been nabbed by the Malawi Police Service (MPS). “ZBS allows me to work with my private company. I have worked and continue to work with a number of radio stations including Mudzi and Neno Community Radio,” said Haswell. He said he has “never slept” in a police cell. “Maybe in the future,” he laughed. No story Kazako laughed heartily over the matter saying it did “not make sense.” He said he found it baffling that his company was being accused of stealing transmitters when he had tens of transmitters staying idle. “It does not make sense,” he said. “Do you know that we actually lend out our transmitters to other local radio stations for free?” He added: “I don’t know, but if you asked me: there’s no story.” Central Region Police spokesperson, Ramsey Mushani, confirmed knowing about the matter but said they were not handling it. “It is not a criminal case. It is a civil case, and the two sides are sorting it by themselves through their lawyers. We are not handling it,” said Mushani. Nyasa Times has confirmed that the radio station is persistently dogged by financial challenges. At its headquarters in Lilongwe, the radio’s understaffed personnel work on voluntary basis.
[caption id="attachment_103771" align="alignright" width="927"] Nyirenda (R), Bindano (second from left), Salanje and prison spokesman Maliro pose with the guitar and certificate[/caption] The Malawian prison band which was nominated in the Best World Music Album category at the Grammys Awards has received a major boost from MultiChoice Malawi who have donated two acoustic guitars to as they prepare to release their second album titled Umboni Ndilinawo. The Zomba Prison Project were the first Malawian music outfit to be nominated for the Grammys for their album ‘I Have No Everything Here.’ Despite missing out on winning the award to eventual winner, iconic Benin singer Angelique Kidjo who dedicated her win to aspiring artists across Africa, the prison band has been celebrated for raising the profile of Malawi music. Multichoice Malawi hosted the band at Blantyre’s Ryalls Hotel to a special dinner to recognise its achievements. “As MultiChoice we thought of celebrating their Grammy nomination. Grammy Awards are big and this is why the international media has been following Zomba prison band to tell their story. The dinner was part of celebrating and also encouraging them,” said MultiChoice Malawi marketing manager Chimwemwe Nyirenda . “To us, this is not a mean achievement because it is the first time for a Malawian artist or band to be nominated for such a global music competition,” said Nyirenda. Nyirenda said the nomination of the music grouping is a big lesson for Malawi as it exposes hidden talent which the world yearns. “This is a lesson for Malawi to what type of music can put the country on the global map. We are not saying artists should begin to sing like Zomba Prison Project, but rather strive to come up with authentic sound that will shake the world in terms of creativity,” said Nyirenda. Apart from the donation of the acoustic guitars, MultiChoice Malawi also presented a certificate of excellence to Zomba Prison Project and donated DStv equipment as well as free subscription to the band. Among the musicians on the album was convicted murderer Elias Chimenya, burglar Stefano Nyerenda, and prison guard Inspector Thomas Binamo. Binamo said they were honoured by the recognition. Meanwhile, cting chief commissioner for Malawi prisons , Little Dimizulu Mtengano, has pledged that Malawi Prison Services (MPS) will continue to support Zomba Music Project, which was set up for reformatory purposes. Mtengano has promoted music in Malawian jails for many years, and he said he was delighted that the prisoners had the chance to "compete against seasoned and talented musicians". He said a well-wisher had offered to donate an air ticket for one band member to attend the glittering awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Monday night, but that no prisoner had been allowed to travel. US producer Ian Brennan spent two weeks at the Zomba maximum-security prison in 2013 working with inmates and guards to make the 20-track record.
A Blantyre based gospel artist, Joseph Chirwa has said that all is set for the launch of his long awaited first album titled “By my Spirit”. The album launch is scheduled for 8th April, 2016 at Sunbird Mount Soche hotel in Blantyre. [caption id="attachment_103803" align="alignright" width="480"] Joseph Chirwa.[/caption] In an interview, Chirwa said that people should expect fireworks since all preparations for the show are progressing well. He added thatonly a limited number 300 people will patronize it. During the launch there will be live performances of Sir. Paul Banda and Apostle Enesia Chitheka among others. According to Chirwa, his main aim is not to make money but to win souls by preaching salvation in these last days. Said Chirwa: “I base my music on Christian teaching which is ‘love’. My wish is to uplift hopeless souls by encouraging them through the gospel of Christ.” He further said that he is prepared and expect great things to happen on the night of 8 April. Recorded at One-heart studios by Lloyd Phiri, the album carries songs like Chikondi, Rise and Shine, Gwireni Dzanja, Yehova M’busa Wanga and Increase and Multiplication which are currently enjoying massive airplays in different local radio stations. Chirwa’s show expected to start at 6 O’clock in the evening will attract an entry fee of K10 000 per person.
Malawi's upcoming artist Mike Akitivi has released two album promotion singles which have started hitting the airwaves on. [caption id="attachment_83485" align="alignright" width="526"] Mike Akitivi[/caption] The artist who has just signed a contract and is trading under the label Mathumela Music Company owned by Afro-R & B singer and guitarist Lulu said the singles are 'Ndilira' and 'Ndineneretu'. He said both are love songs. Akitivi said he expects to release the album in May this year. "We have all the songs and we are just waiting for the right time and some of the songs just need polishing up" Akitivi told Nyasa Times. The artist who previously released hit singles Ndimathokoza and Christina featuring Lulu said Ndilira is a track talking of a person crying for his ex-lover who was so beautiful and loving but he ended up messing up and later started to regret and begs for a reunion. In Ndineneletu, the artist narrates of the importance of trust in a relationship. In the song, a partner warns a lover of what will happen once he finds out he was being cheating which may result in landing him in prison for committing a crime out of frustration. The singles can be accessed online and can be downloaded on www.malawimusic.com and www.nyimbozathu.com .
Entry tickets to the 2016 edition of the glamorous and glitzy Malawi Achievers Awards UK to be held on 16 April 2016 in Birmingham, at the red carpet purpose-built CSN International Exhibition and Conference Centre are on sell and most have been bought, the organisers have announced. The awards is hosted by Malawi Association UK (MAUK) an umbrella body for all Malawian chapter and local association and Malawian groups. It was established in 2014 to recognise and identify deserving unsung heroes and heroines of Malawian decency and making a difference in their communities and tirelessly and selflessly work hard to inspire others. The awards project coordinator Felix Banda says people are purchasing the tickets which are pegged at £60 per head for VIP entry and £40 per person respectively and that they are selling at a lightning speed. “We are pleased to announce that tickets for this year’s virtuoso Malawi Achievers Awards are selling fast both online and in print and we are asking those willing to attend the biggest awards function to hurry up and buy their tickets in time so that they are not disappointed when the event is sold out. This year, the event is much more bigger and better than before,” said Banda. Banda said this year’s event has a lot of surprises in stock and patrons to the show will have a memorable night adding that there will be surprise international guest artists and entertainers and the fun levellers will be treated to a sumptuous dinner. Chairperson of Malawi Association UK, who is also Malawi Achievers Awards Information Technology (IT) director Martin Guga, explained that people have the opportunity to book a table online and at the same time choose where they want to sit. “We have made it easy for our patrons. This year we will not have problems with people who have standard tickets trying to gate-crush into the VIP. Everything is systematic,” said Guga. "We operate on no ticket door sales policy and therefore, we encourage all those who want to attend this special event to buy their tickets in time to avoid losing out," emphasized Guga. Guga said for more information the patrons are encouraged to visit the Malawi Achievers awards webpage on http://www.malawiachieversawards.uk/index.php The maiden awards ceremony was held at Marriot Hotel in Leicester in 2014 with the second edition held at Anthena also in Leicester in 2015. This year the event has moved to Birmingham.
Dancehall musician and television personality Blakjak has returned to TV screens after a one-year nonappearance. [caption id="attachment_104096" align="alignright" width="581"] Musician and TV star-Blakjak.-Photo-Kimpho-Loka[/caption] Blakjak, also popularly known as Che Kalonda, was reportedly suspended last year by Times TV on allegations of soliciting a bribe from the 2014-15 Ka Jive dance competition winners Metics Dance Crew. The former TNM Soundtube presenter was part of the team organizing the annual dance contest, produced by the Times TV. “My return is the biggest answer to the rumors that were being speculated around about why I left Times TV,” Blakjak told Nyasa Showbiz in an interview on Tuesday. “If feels good to be back. Just like coming back home after being away for some time,” he added. “To me it’s like being recalled to the national [soccer] team.” Blakjak, who was pursuing a Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies at the Polytechnic during the one year he has been off TV, said he came back stronger and more educated. “Most things have not changed. Just a couple of new faces and the fact that I have to be doing new programs,” he shared. He will now be presenting Fusion Live, a program that airs every day from 10-11am and every three days of the week from 10-12 midnight. Blakjak joined Times TV in April 2014 and upon joining the Times Media owned station said his goal was to promote local music through his job as television producer and presenter. “My mission still remains to see local talent being uplifted and promoted. I will need help to achieve this, together we can,” said the musician-cum-journalist as he disclosed that he was also planning to start writing for the Times Media newspapers and probably try news reading on TV.
Hip-Hop artist Tay Grin on Monday left for Johannesburg, South Africa where he is scheduled to shoot the video for his latest sizzling single ‘Chipapapa’ which features Nigeria’s multi-award winning singer-songwriter 2Baba (formerly 2Face). [caption id="attachment_90841" align="alignright" width="500"] Tay Grin[/caption] The video will be shot by South Africa’s innovative production company, Pilot Films, and will focus on a well-blended fusion of Malawi and Nigerian culture which the superstar rapper Nyau King believes will be out of this world. “Fans should expect a festive video, loads of color and fun. Beautiful scenes and an award winning video that will put Malawi music on the map,” says the Malawian celebrity rapper/entrepreneur. ‘Chipapapa’, produced by renowned Malawian producer DJ Sley, came out on 5 February and became an instant hit, enjoyed by all generations across Malawi and many countries in the Southern, Eastern and Western Africa. With the video expected to be released next month, Tay Grin believes it will be a game changer as he eyes several award nominations this year, saying “We are about to put Malawi on the table with the big boys of music. 2016 is the year Malawi shines.” “I anticipate various award nominations and I expect Malawians to support the video once it's out. ‘Chipapapa’ was a game we all played as youngsters, so this is our song and together we should make history.” Apart from this project, Tay Grin is also working on new material with continental and Malawian music heavyweights for his next album. From Johannesburg, the Malawian hip-hop icon is expected to perform at Chancellor College on 4 March, alongside the Black Missionaries and Skeffa Chimoto. He will then head to the United Kingdom where he is billed to perform with UK X Factor finalists Reggie ‘N’ Bollie on April 1 at the Aston Villa Football Ground in Birmingham. This will be a red carpet event to mark the official launch of Tee Mak Designer. Reggie ‘N’ Bollie were part of the 2015 X Factor series and they finished second behind 17-year-old Louisa Johnson in the December final – watched by 10 million TV viewers.
Malawi’s renowned comedian Michael Usi has said his ‘Kale’ movie depicting Malawi’s founding President Ngwazi Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda era, driving citizens down memory lane, will be distributed for free. [caption id="attachment_55248" align="alignright" width="600"] Manganya depicting Kamuzu in Kale film[/caption] Usi, popularly known as Manganya, said the decision to distribute the move free has been made to allow more Malawians, especially the youth, to learn about the life of Kamuzu Banda. “Although I have invested a lot of money, I intend to distribute the film for free to help people, especially the youth, to learn more about Kamuzu,” he said. He said the film shooting was completed and that what is remaining are “final touches.” “The film will be ready this year,” said the comedian. During the shooting of Kale in 2014, the motorcade carrying Usi took Malawians on the road from Limbe Market to Gogo Chatinkha Maternity Ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) with all the ceremony typical of the fallen leader. There were dances by Mbumba, the party women garbed in cloth emblazoned with Kamuzu’s portrait; traditional performances by Sambang’oma Dance Troupe, sights of bodyguards, police officers and other symbols of power characteristic of the one-party era. And the pintsized Usi clad in a black Wilson hat and khaki coat stood majestically in an open-roof white Land Rover, waving a fly whisk and surrounded by gyrating Mbumbas as well as grand mimics of the defunct red-shirted Youth League members and Malawi Young Pioneers. “By documenting the life of Kamuzu, Kale will set the record straight and ensure children born during the multiparty dispensation know where we are coming from,” said Usi. Kamuzu is the poster face of the self-rule fight that occasioned the hoisting of the rising-sun flag abandoned by the late president Bingu wa Mutharika and reinstated by Parliament when former president Joyce Banda took over power. Manganya also had some shooting of Kamuzu film in Britian. According to the comedian, there are critical lesson to be learn from Kamuzu through the film.