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- 04/03/16--02:12: Fredokiss spits fire at Kalilani’s anti-Bushiri song
- 04/03/16--02:16: Malawian designer steadily rising on the international scene
- 04/04/16--10:10: Q sets the standards in poetry at ‘People’ album launch
- 04/04/16--10:57: Malawi-music.com makes a big statement for artists
- 04/08/16--00:13: ‘Nyimbo Yanga’ now out: Princes Chitsulo new album
- 04/08/16--02:43: Zodiak hints Facebook identity thieves
- 04/09/16--13:44: Global artists unite for a good cause in Malawi
- 04/10/16--20:38: PSI in Chishango music bash
- 04/10/16--20:49: Single tonight, Zani’s new sexy music video
- 04/13/16--10:26: Malawi to launch Digital Television: ‘Kiliye- Kiliye’
- 04/14/16--22:03: Malawi musician, DJs disagree on “Pay for Play”
- 04/18/16--01:16: Lilongwe to host E-wallet talent show final: 1 May
- 04/18/16--05:56: Malawi Awards UK biggest event – High Commission
- 04/19/16--04:05: 2016 Malawi Awards UK glamour: Pictorial on red carpet
- 04/19/16--20:59: Lilongwe dominates Airtel TRACE Music Star Top 10
There have been mixed reactions from artists and the general public since holy hip hop artist David Kalirani dropped his controversial song “Osaopa”, which highly attacks prophet Shepherd Bushiri. [caption id="attachment_97684" align="alignright" width="600"] Hip-Hop artist Fredokiss connecting with fans[/caption] The track brands the South Africa based showy prophet as fake, asking him to close down his ministry, under the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG. The rapper tells Bushiri to repent or die. Different artists have reacted to Kalirani’s release, others criticizing it others seeing no problem with the song. One of them is hip hop artist Penjani Kalua aka Fredokiss, who has trashed “Osaopa” as he publicly defends Bushiri saying every pastor is a human being with shortfalls. Calling David Kalilani “this chap”, Fredokiss took to social media to air his views on the trending song, saying the former Real Elements rhymer, now a born-again artist and pastor, should be exemplary as a Christian rapper. “Are you saying we should start attacking and castigating them [men of God] in songs? Are you giving us that permission?” “Show me a pastor who is not a sinner, above all show me a saint among us. For me this David Kalirani guy should be exemplary as a christian rapper or whatever you call him. I thought spiritual battles are fought in prayer?” questioned artist, who is reportedly a follower of Bushiri’s ECG. His post attracted a lot of comments from his followers, some attacking him while others in support of his sentiments. The Ghetto Gutter Entertainment rapper told his 31,500 fans: “If you think just because you are my fan then you should force me to accept your opinions and mediocrity then think again. I dont force you to accept my opinions, those who will make it as individuals by his grace.” Fredokiss added that David Kalirani lyrics were unchristian and he owes him no apology. “What he did is unchristian according to my understanding of the bible and am not apologetic unless the word GOSPEL has changed its meaning.” As some fans observed that Fredokiss, who is also fondly known as Ntchana, was only defending Bushiri to attract the prophet’s ‘miracle money’, he brushed off the suggestions. “Some of you are saying am after miracle money, NTCHANA! Ask about me. I made my first million at the age of 23, I work hard, I dont sleep when most of you are sleeping and I dont party when most of you are partying. Whether one likes it or not jesus christ will be my lord and savior,” claimed the University of Malawi graduate who works for Pakachere in Blantyre. Meanwhile, producer and musician Steve Chibwazi aka Stich Fray sees the battle as elephant fight and advises people to be wise and not pick sides. The reggae musician also posted on Facebook: “mukaziona njobvu zikumenyana chanzeru chomwe umachita mkungotalikila [when you see elephants fighting, the wisest thing you do is watch from a distance], I’ve been seeing all this political fights which was goin on recently, and now I hear there has just started another one. “Apostles and Prophets fighting over who is real and who is fake. What can I advise you people is that you should be wise and dont pick sides, we will all see who was real or fake on judgement [sic] day. Fear God alone. Bless up!!”
Despite the fashion industry in the country still making baby steps, Malawian designer Nellie George Donga is steadily carrying the Malawian flag across the international scene with her heart winning designs under the brand Nells Creations. [caption id="attachment_106871" align="alignright" width="300"] Nellie at last year's RVK Fashion Week[/caption] Following her premier at Bingu International Conference Centre last year in June, when she joined Ghanaian designer and actor John Dumelo and local designer Lily Alfonso, Nellie stole the show with her talented and creative designs and managed to secure an invitation to exhibit in South Africa at the Retro Vintage Fashion Week. Due to her impressive designs Nellie has been invited again this year to represent Malawi at the Tshwane Fashion Festival, a two-day fashion event that will host 10 international designers from across African countries like Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Swaziland and more as well as 10 South African designers. Nellie spoke to Nyasa Showbizabout her preparations for the upcoming Tshwana showcase. “I intend to exhibit modern African attires mixed with polka dots in addition to the use of flex material as part of go green conscious campaign and will be colourful and appealing with the use of our very own chitenje product, ’’ she explained. Aside the Tshwana fashion festival, Donga further disclosed that she is yet to represent Malawi for the first time in Ghana in May at the Mercedes Benz African Fashion Week in Accra, after she was picked as one of the three designers out of 20. “This is a breakthrough for my passion to see the talent that God gave me in designing and serves as an opportunity for Malawi and more particularly myself to showcase my designs and put Malawi on the map,’’ said Donga. However the designer mentioned that she is in need of support from companies and other well wishers for the two festivals to be a success. She requires travel sponsorship mainly on air tickets, monetary support for logistics and incidental expenditure as well as press briefings. Nellie also shared with Nyasa Showbiz on how she intends to give back to the community and reach out to the people living with albinism through NGOs like the Association of People Living with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) by particularly making brim hats for them and other necessities such as umbrellas and lotion. The designer also plans to come closer with the little ones and donate school uniforms to drive the passion for education into the young ones and make sure they remain in school. With talent that blossomed from a passion for sewing for her dolls and then herself and family, Nellie’s interest in fashion took her into fashion short courses in England after completing her business administration course and now goes full throttle in designing. Nellie owns a boutique Nells Secret Possessions situated in Lilongwe Area 47/3 next to Seventh Day Adventist Church.
There has been a growing debate among poetry fans that poetry has become more comic in the country hence it is not taken seriously. [caption id="attachment_106980" align="alignright" width="600"] Q Malewezi[/caption] To those that made it to Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) on Saturday where Qabaniso Malewezi popularly known as Q launched his “People” album can seriously disagree with this notion. As promised by the organisers Qoncept Creative an events company that Q also owns, the show kicked off at exactly 8pm with a minute of silence in honour of Rosebill Satha-Sambo. The minute of silence was followed by Prelude Poets Julius Banda, Manto Banda, Sabrina Tambala and Phindu Banda. Among other supporting acts, Menes la Plume and Robert Chiwamba brought their “A” game to the stage. Menes, a Democratic Republican of Congo refugee based at Dzaleka Refugee Camp wowed fans with his poems in both French and English. As it is said that good art knows no language, Menes did not disappoint with his French poems and he proved his greatness when he performed in English. The show was heated when the man of the moment, Robert Chiwamba came on stage. Contrary to public expectations, Chiwamba did not perform his popular “Mudzafa infa wowawa” poem but he did won people’s hearts with his “BP wanga wakwela” poem. What made Chiwamba’s performance more interesting was his English performance. The audience went crazy when he performed in English proving that he is a genius in both languages. When host Alex Lilly Banda introduced the main act of the night, Q, the show reached its peak and he was nothing but amazing. He came with all guns blazing as he performed a selection of poems from his latest “People” album which is already on sale online. Among other pieces, he performed “Wikipedia”, “Heavenly Bodies” alongside Faith Mussa, “Sons of sons” and “Dearest Child/Azania” which was dedicated to his daughter. Speaking to the media, Q thanked his team for the hard work and thanked fans for coming in their large numbers to support poetry. “I had an amazing experience on stage. And looking at the people that came, it is safe to say that all the hard work paid off. I must also thank my amazing team because it was not a one man show, it was a collective effort. Thanks to the sponsors and the media for being supportive,” Q explained. One of the fans, Joy Nyondo said Q has set the bar so high for other poets in the country and described the show as “International”. “This show was amazing. I did not expect this from a local poet. Looking at the organisation, the stage and the performances I am not sure if someone went home disappointed. The show was really worth the money. Am sure other poets have also learnt one or two lessons,” he narrated. Among the notable faces at the launch was Q’s father, former Vice President Justin Malewezi.
Malawi-music.com the country’s leading music file sharing website has announced that in the next few weeks artists with premium content will be contacted with instructions on how to acquire a username and password for the new site. [caption id="attachment_106987" align="alignright" width="600"] Top Malawi musicians[/caption] According to a statement posted on online social media platforms on Monday, customers will now be buying music direct from artists via a new section of the site that offers deals on brand new tracks. Using the new Premium Content feature, artists can also use this account to edit bio, add social media accounts and view downloads and sales statistics. “Payment method to include: Credit/Debit Card, Paypal, Airtel Money and Tnm Mpamba. Songs same price as iTunes $0.99 for people outside. Mpamba and Airtel customers to pay as low as k100 for a track and k12 transaction fee. Each song will have different price set by artist,” reads the statement in part. It added, “Airtel Money and TNM Mpamba transaction fees will still apply. Hence the lower cost for tracks for customers in Malawi. Artists will be able to track and monitor sale transactions in real time and transfer funds using the artist administration section.” The statement further disclosed that music found in the new store will not appear in the normal malawi-music free download site, saying only a short sample if available for promotion. “Customers can browse the music store for premium content tracks. And can also buy multiple songs at once using one of the payment methods. First time Customers will have to create an account to login and out in order to view and stream previously purchased tracks. “The new store comes with a multi-item checkout, compatible with PayPal, Mpamba and Airtel Money, It offers full shopping cart functionality,” reads the statement. It further said the new innovative system will prevent download link sharing and discovery to prevent unauthorized download of your valuable tracks. Once a customer buys a song in the store they can also download it by visiting an artists’ downloads page that will contain all the downloads. According to the statement the new system will be rolled out in 3 stages: 1. Teaching artists to use their secured pages 2. Moving premium tracks into store 3. Customer registration
He’s patience is finally paying him dividends after waiting for so long for a breakthrough. He’s finally made his mark. He’s becoming the country’s most exciting music prodigy, and he’s loved. [caption id="attachment_72963" align="alignright" width="600"] Namadingo: Malawi music prodigy par excellence[/caption] Patience Namadingo is nothing but ‘an ass of the track team.’ He’s arguably loved by all and sundry in the music echelons and it wouldn’t be folly to speculate he’s put on this earth for the sole purpose of giving hilarious entertainment. The undisputed music extraordinaire, Malawian unconventional Afro-Gospel prodigy, Patience Namadingo is without an iota of doubt living up to his new image as the country’s music game changer with his continued sophisticated and plausible ear-pleasing harmonies and mind-blowing lyrical undertones. The ludicrous Msati Mseke hit-maker is a full package and his music exploits put him ahead of his time. The diminutive songster is rolling in the deep and quickly pushing the Malawi music game far-and-beyond the barricade with each new composition that he makes. The illustrious Malawi gospel fallen queen, the late Grace Chinga in an interview in December 2015 labelled Namadingo as ‘a very creative musician’ and prophesied that Namadingo will go far with his music because he’s got it all together. The compelling narrative for Namadingo’s music – from early compositions such as Mfumu Kale and Mtendere through to Msati Mseke to Macheza, Namadingo has created a league of his own and is fast pushing all those pouting rebellious and unappreciative souls and tyrannical high-trousered haters who defied the truth – as now it seems that it was all written on the walls of destiny before he’d even recorded a note. In an interview, the soft-spoken entertainer explains that largely it is his attitude to music that makes a difference saying it makes him happy to see people happy when listening to his music. “Some would choose circumstances, perhaps saying I would be happy if I get rich out of music or be more famous but in reality, though, attitude oftentimes trumps circumstances when it comes to happiness,” he says. Namadingo believes that in music, both for the artist and the listener, happiness is good medicine. “The bible in Proverbs 17 Vs 22 states that; “A joyful heart is a good medicine, but a crushed spirit saps one’s strength.” Unlike circumstances, over which you have little control – you can control your attitude. I make music that makes other people happy, that, is far much more important to me than anything else,” explains Namadingo. Malawi UK based Film and TV Audiences Scholar and communications specialist Dr. Joseph Chimbuto says Namadingo is one musician in Malawi who connects with the souls of the people classifying his music as deep and amazing stuff made of legend. “I have to confess that I’m not a fan of gospel music but having listened to this guy I ‘m impressed for he communicates to the audiences well. As an expert (in audience studies) I’ve problems with the way most gospel music is used as a medium to evangelise to the masses and poignantly they disinterest masses,” explains Dr. Chimbuto who is also a journalist. Chimbuto says it creativity at its best to blend various Malawian adages together and fuse them in the biblical context. “Namadingo’s music is a must listen because he’s relevant. Africans need to receive gospel messages packaged in African way and it's time we’ve to be unchained from the colonial prescribed packaging of biblical teachings. Namadingo is doing well and his video production to his new song is a good piece of art, added Dr. Chimbuto.” ‘Buzz-cuts’ His new sizzling thought-provoking hit song, 'Mozimila' and its lyrics are just too cavernous for an average Joe and Joana to comprehend and his voice is as sweet as a free bird in the green forest. The new song is pure and simple but full of wisdom as the message is deriving from a collection of adages and if truth be told, it can only be Namadingo who can do that – blending the secular and the word together in a danceable arrangement for somewhat a gospel song to be appreciated across the divide. His vocal codes and range are just exhilarating, enlivening and as soft as she-mouse's belly and the song is a swooping, euphoric anthem and comes with a huge pop jazz hook and he follows with an idiosyncratic first-rate music video production. It’s with his ‘coming of age’ new chart-bursting hit single that the Lilongwe born and bred music act launches himself perhaps as a new version of a younger Wambali Mkandawire. In Mozimila, Namadingo is making a bold statement that he is a force to reckon with on the Malawian music front as he has taken a very bold move to fuse his music between traditional beats and a somewhat jazzy tune while at the same time maintaining his individuality. In the new song, Namadingo is not only showcasing his singing abilities he proves that he’s clever and more tactical in his storytelling propensity and his guitar plucking knack, puts him in the league of the country’s radiant and excellent guitar wizards such as Peter Likhomo, Lulu, Eric Paliani among others. The music video of the new track is both artistically and aesthetically ambitious with its concept so simple and easy to relate to the message of the song but the production sophisticated and overambitious and the use of the shooting location complete the storyline. The jazzy buzz-cuts, the drums, the naked bodies playing instruments under water and the outstanding voice coming in from the cold suggest that Namadingo is a complete artist and he greatly enjoys his freedom like a domesticated uncaged bird. The new song starts as a delicate flute-voiced guitar ballad and surges forward with an almost military snare while the lyrics brims with 'crooking' emotion and seriousness of the words of the elders blended with the gospel of Good News. ‘Mozimila’ is sumptuously produced and perfectly sung, with just enough intrigue. If it lacks personality, there are signs – especially on the dubby neo-soul of ‘Truth’ and ‘honesty’ – that he’s in the process of developing one perhaps the only drawback is that the song doesn’t have a chorus for those who love to ‘dance in the Lord.’ The dark days of scripted horseplay with a ‘holier than thou’ attitude in the Malawi gospel circles seem a long way over as Namadingo seems to have thrown the game into the abyss and proves that gospel music isn’t just telling obsolete biblical stories but something that resonates with daily living. Commenting on Namadingo’s music Malawi’s renowned poet, Nyamalikitiki Nthiwatiwa (real name Chisomo Mdala) says he has always known of his potential from his first album but in the latest offering, he's shown a sense of maturity that his music is no longer a hobby but a vocation. “(Patience) Namadingo is currently one of those exciting stage performers always trying to push his envelope. Profoundly I like how he engages audiences and his spontaneity. More work on the guitar will have the musical world swooping to a nearly - complete musician,” lauds the Dziko liri m’manja mwa agalu poet. Veteran music promoter and lawyer Jai Banda Entertainer’ of Entertainers promotions sing praises for Namadingo labelling him the best musician Malawi has ever have saying that he has a bright future in music. Says Banda: “His music style is unique and something very different emerging from the souls of Malawi. It is soulful sweet and captivating and there’s no doubt, Patience will get very far in his music journey. One doesn’t have to be a Malawian to love Namadingo’s music. He’s indeed the future of Malawi music.” The new track which is poised to be a cracker, Mozimila is very Namadingoish, soulful, bright and full of attitude and coming from him, it’s no surprise and the lead guitar and the song’s arrangement is sweet and soft and Namadingo is without doubt rolling in the music deep end. Below is the new video: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHGEcOQd5PI[/embed]
With his easy rolling vocals and upbeat, cheerful and rhythmic tracks, he is one of the key figures of African music and the legend Kanda Bongo Man is coming to Birmingham, UK for an exclusive performance at this year’s Malawi Achievers’ Awards. [caption id="attachment_107023" align="alignright" width="600"] Kanda Bongo Man with some organiser of Malawi Achievers Awards officials in London after sealing deal to perform[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107025" align="alignright" width="600"] Pisky: Coming to UK with Unamatamata[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107024" align="alignright" width="600"] Kanda Bongo Man: Inde Moni, Malawi Achievers Awards April 16 Birmingham[/caption] If this music kingpin doesn’t make you want to dance, nothing will. With soulful solos, this great son of Africa has transformed the African music landscape with his unique brand of music which gave birth to his signature brand of a popular dance rhythm. Time for some serious 'kwassa kwassa' moves on the dance floor as Africa's most joyful pop star brings the party to town for what promises to be a fantastic night out. Soukous is the pop music of Africa and Congo's ‘big man’ is its grand creating master and its joyful, mesmerising, hip-shaking groove has led to stadium-size parties erupting at the many festivals this international superstar has played. Africa’s international music loyalty, legendary King of Kwassa Kwassa, Kanda Bongo Man will be live in concert to headline the mother of all events for Malawians in the Queensland, the organisers have announced. The Malawi Achievers Awards UK, an annual glitz and glamour red carpet event which is aimed at recognising and honouring hardworking and illustrious UK based Diaspora Malawians making a positive change in their communities and country will take place at the magnificent CSN International Conference Centre in Birmingham. The event, dubbed ‘The Malawian Oscars in UK’ will also feature the country’s top-notch music acts Tsika hit maker DJ Sonye real name Sonyezo Kandoje and Afro hip-hop music phenomenon Evance Zangazanga popularly known as Piksy, him of the Unamata fame on April 16th 2016 from 6pm prompt to 03:30 am. ‘Fireworks’ In an interview Malawi achievers Awards UK Project Director, Felix Banda explained that all is set and promises the greatest night of entertainment ever and encourages all Malawians, friends of Malawi to come in their large numbers to join the fun. “It’s that time of the year again when all Malawian across the UK come together to celebrate, honour and recognise their own achievers, the people who work hard in the service of others and diligently does something special for their communities and the motherland, Malawi,” said Banda. Banda explained that Malawi achievers awards UK is not a popularity contest saying people honoured based on what they have achieved in a calendar year. “This event is not only an avenue for honouring only those who deserve to be recognised, the event also gives a platform for networking among Malawians and it is also an avenue to come together as one people and celebrate together,” said Banda. Speaking in an interview, Kanda Bongoman says he is very excited to play at this year’s Malawi Achievers Awards and promises music fireworks at the show. “I am honoured to have been invited to perform at the Malawi Achievers Awards in Birmingham on April 16. For me, Malawi is my second home. I love Malawi and I will give it all and I would like to appeal to Malawians to come and see Kanda live in action backed by a band and my dancers,” said Isambe and Inde Moni sizzling hits maker. Kanda has a great connection with Malawi having lived for a considerable period of time and toured almost every corner of the country in the 90’s and 2000’s. He started his music journey as a singer for Orchestra Belle Mambo in 1973, developing a sound influenced by Tabu Ley. Kanda Bongoman’s breakthrough as a solo artist came in 1981 when he cut his first solo albums, Iyole in 1981 and after it became successful, he followed it with a new album "Djessy" in 1982. The Yesu Khristu singer who is best known for his electric stage-work and antics revolutionised soukous by encouraging guitar solos after every verse and even sometimes at the beginning of the song. ‘Billing’ Kanda is by far an ambitious choice for the Malawi Achievers Award UK organisers considering that he is not only Africa’s greatest music icon, he is a global superstar and Malawi Association UK chairman Martin Guga said the idea to have Kanda as a headliner is a sure way to give patrons to the event a special treatment. “This is our third time organising this great event and, therefore, we had to come up with something special and that means that we had to think outside the box and we came up with something big for the big occasion,” explained Guga. Guga explained that with Piksy and DJ Sonye in the mix the event will be a night to remember in a lifetime saying that the organising team is working on final touches to ensure that the event lives up to its billing. On their part, both Piksy DJ Sonye said he is ready to perform in the UK for the first time and entertain their fans and the international music lovers. “They will be going to be music explosive. We will give out nothing but the best. We are ready and we are excited to come there and meet out fans,” said DJ Sonye. “We are ready and equal to the task ahead. We will give the patrons nothing but the best,” said the Kora Award nominee Piksy. “We encourage Malawian to come and support us and the event in celebrating our crème de la crème.” Malawi Achievers Awards is an event organised by Malawi Association UK, an umbrella body for all Diaspora Malawians n the UK and thrives to recognise and honour people who are making a positive difference to the Malawi community in the UK and their country, the warm heart of Africa. The event also seeks to bring Malawians and friends of Malawi from all walks of life together to share ideas and knowledge while at the same time promoting the Malawian culture, especially among the younger generation.
Blantyre based gospel artist Princess Chitsulo has finally dropped her 12 track album titled “Nyimbo Yanga”. [caption id="attachment_107234" align="alignright" width="300"] Princess Chitsulo[/caption] The songstress says the new album is a continuation from her past album called “Udzaimba Nyimba”. She gives testimony on how God has challenged her when many people never gave her a chance to survive that long after she was diagnosed with heart problems in 2014. “This album is all about glorifying God, his goodness and awesomeness, more especially what He has done in my life, taking me from mud to where I am,” explained the singer. “He is still taking me from one level to another,” she added. Princess Chitsulo also said the newly released album has an element of maturity. The vocalist and composer said through the album, people should expect a touch from the hand of God, healing, deliverance and more things to happen in their spiritual lives. Meanwhile, the artist has taken time to thank her fans for being with her through thick and thin “Nyimbo Yanga”, which has already hit the market, was recorded at One Heart Studios by Lolyd Phiri. It has songs like “Petulo”, “Sakhala Chete”, “Ukulu Wanu”, “Akayimilira”, “Sikufuna Kwanga” and “Pandekha”, among others. Princess has three albums which including “Sindilora”, recorded in 2006 in South Africa and released in 2008 in Malawi, and “Palibe Otsutsa” which was released in 2012.
Private broadcasting house, Zodiak have been dealt a technological blow after some people stole its Facebook identity and are publishing false and misleading news through it. [caption id="attachment_52166" align="alignright" width="304"] Kazako: I have no Facebook account[/caption] Director of News at the radio station, Theresa Ndanga warned Zodiak viewers and listeners to be extra careful when they want to read Zodiak news on Facebook. She said those reading Zodiak news on Facebook should make sure that the page has over 250000 likes and has links that would direct them to Zodiak website, among other features. ”We are investigating to find out who these people are so that we can take them to book," said Ndanga on Zodiak radio. The stolen identity has all Zodiak features except it is written Zodiack and its stories are amateurish, unprofessional, sensational and emotional and has capacity of damaging the reputation of Zodiak. Ironically, owner of Zodiak media group, youthful Gospel Kadzako says he does not have a Facebook account.
Through Beating Heart, global artists Luke Vibert, Rudimental, Machinedrum, Kidnap Kid, Throwing Shade and more have teamed up with a Malawian farm and food processor Malawi Mangoes (MM), and local education NGO Love Support Unite (LSU) to roll out an initiative that enables communities to feed and finance themselves. [caption id="attachment_107329" align="alignright" width="600"] Kidnap DJ coming to Malawi[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107328" align="alignright" width="500"] Rudimental to perform in Malawi[/caption] The artists are sampling previously unheard Malawian sounds (recorded by ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey in the 1950s) from the world’s largest archive of African recordings (ILAM) for the album, “Beating Heart Malawi”, to be released on May 27th 2016 and a concert scheduled for 16-17 April at Golden Sands, Lake Malawi National Park. According to the organizers, Mizu Foundation chairman Dr. Peter Thompson, profits will be put to work in the communities where the music was originally created, using sounds of the past to address problems of the present. “This unusual partnership between the music world, a commercial business and a local educational charity is a tactical rethinking of the expected approach to Aid to the Developing World. The trio have pulled together to roll out a model that provides nutrition and income which, once installed, will continue to develop over time. “The model - Garden to Mouth - is a nutrition project that touches on more than just food. It recognizes that when people are faced with a choice of improved food or increased income – the economic question always wins. The reality of people’s existence in Malawi is one of extreme poverty and until the targets of ‘health’ and ‘wealth’ are joined up therefore, there will be little headway,” Dr. Thompson explained. He added, “To provide both, rather than either or high value crops are identified for sale with the remaining majority going towards improved nutrition. Though education regarding improved health and food security is a critical component of the initiative, just as significant are the business skills and market mentorship that are run in tandem.” Dr Thompson said the Garden itself is designed as an ecosystem that demands neither chemical fertilisers nor costly pesticides – all requirements for maintenance and growth are fulfilled by plants on site. By drip irrigating the entire Garden, the number of harvests increases by 400% when compared to rain fed agriculture. In his remarks, Co-founder and Joint Managing Director at Malawi Mangoes Jonathan D. Jacobs said Malawi Mangoes was thrilled to be involved in this ground-breaking initiative with Beating Heart and Love Support Unite, which shows just what can be achieved if they act together. “We passionately believe that the progress and development of people – socially, economically and environmentally and the success of a long-term sustainable business are not mutually exclusive, but interdependent, in the 21st century perhaps more than at any other time in our past. He then stressed that there is no silver bullet, saying there was no one answer and no straight-forward solution. “However, if we are really going to address urgent development needs in countries like Malawi it is going to be through the kinds of collaborations that this one represents - with committed people from across the sector spectrum coming together with local people, each bringing their core competencies to the table,” he pointed out.
Music icon, Lucius Banda, kept patrons on their dancing floor in Mangochi during the Chishango Music Bash. [caption id="attachment_107391" align="alignright" width="600"] PSI Chishango in music bash .-Photo by Chris Loka[/caption] Chishango Music Bash continue to attract thousands of Malawians during the PSI's national tour in a bid to promote the consistent use of condoms amongst sexually active young people. During the function, in Mangochi and Salima Lucius Banda kept patrons on their toes dancing to the beautiful jive of the music legendary courtesy of PSI. PSI’s Communications Coordinator, Kelvin Shema, said that they were conducting these shows to interact with young people and remind them on the importance of good health in order to achieve their goals. He further said that these shows had been organized to reinforce the use of Chishango amongst sexually active young people, bringing health- entertainment to young people as well as engaging with PSI’s target audience. During the function one of the patron, Vincent Jailosi,from Mangochi, explained that, the coming of PSI was timely intervention, considering that the district remains to have high HIV prevalence rate and the district’s population continues to skyrocketing. Malawi’s population is largely young people and it has been highlighted that initiatives targeting young people are core to winning the battle against HIV/AIDS. Recently there have been similar activities targeting young people but so far, PSI’s Music Bash Shows have managed to bring together thousands of young people in a bid to sensitize them on the use of Condoms. Shema said similar shows are expected to take place in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Kasungu where the Black Missionaries will be performing.
The sassy South Africa based Malawian artist Zani Challe has released a sexy video teaser announcing her new song “Single Tonight”. [caption id="attachment_107394" align="alignright" width="560"] Zani[/caption] Ms. Challe took to social media Friday morning to share with her fans news that she will be releasing a new track and hinted she has worked with a Nigerian artist. In the teaser video, Zani backs it up with vocals saying: “Zani Challe is an African girl, a young woman from the Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi…some might love me, some might hate me, but everyone will be entertained.” From what she says in the teaser, you can tell that despite the artist being based abroad she is such nationalistic and working so hard to put Malawi out there through her work. The 60 seconds snippet is quality with the sexy artist literally teasing the audience with the dancehall vibe to it, and yes expect real entertainment from Zani! Ms. Challe is looking better than ever covered in beads almost half naked. She brings her ‘A’ game on, licking her lips and sassily dancing more or less in an Egyptian way, bringing out the idea of the foxy teaser indeed. So, the question is, who has Zani collaborated with from Nigeria? Is it Patoranking, D’banj, Tiwa Savage, or Waje? Recently she has been sharing photos from Nigeria on her Instagram and Facebook pages, some with the four artists. The singer/rapper is balancing her ‘love’ life upon rumuors that she is dating a top Nigerian artist. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL5Sx7m_jio&nohtml5=False[/embed]
[embed]https://soundcloud.com/jack-mcbrams/patience-namadingo-sindinjenjemela[/embed] Malawi’s rising gospel artist Patience Namadingo newly released song Sinjenjemela is getting viral and most downloands after its release on Monday. In Sinjenjemela, Namadingo is singing about a man who is faced with many challenges, but is not shaken because of his faith and lets God fight his own battles. The song is reportedly inspired by South African based Malawian billionaire Prophet Shepherd Bushiri. Though Sinjenjemela does not mention Bushiri by name, Namadingo is quoted by The Nation saying Sinjenjemela stems from the inspiration that the musician got after interacting with the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) leader. “As a musician, you get inspired; you see things and you sing about the things. On the part of Sinjenjemela, it has been greatly and directly inspired Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, who is a friend and has been a friend for so long. “After the situations that he has been through recently, I had a chance to talk to him as a friend and as a brother and I asked him how he copes with life considering all the attacks directed towards him,” the Msati Mseke and Macheza hit-maker told the paper.
Following the analogue switch off being implemented in phases, Television viewers in Mzuzu and the surrounding areas will not be able to watch any local television channel using analogue equipment starting from the 1st of July, 2016, Ministry of Information, Tourism and Civic Education has disclosed. [caption id="attachment_92964" align="alignright" width="600"] Digital Migration[/caption] This development has also coincided with the launch of Malawi Digital Television at Mzuzu on 23rd April, 2016. According to a statement made available to Nyasa Times, Malawi government through the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Civic Education is encouraging all television viewers to acquire the Malawi Digital Television Decoder also known as “KILIYE KILIYE” which will be unveiled during the launch in order to enjoy better quality television and more free channels. “The channels viewers will access include; Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Luso, God News Broadcasting Services (GBS), Timveni, Luntha, Channel for All Africa (CAN), Calvary (CFC), Times, Hope, Zodiak, Joy, Matindi, Ufulu, Beta, Ufulu, Angaliba, African Bible College (ABC) and Laura Televisions,” reads the statement in part. It further added, “The decoder is not the same as a satellite pay TV or any other Free-To-Air decoder because it enables Malawians to watch more free local television channels with better quality and once the decoder is bought, there is no subscription payment to be made.” In 2015, Malawi joined the rest of the world in migrating from Analogue to Digital Television Broadcasting. Digital Migration Project Coordinator Dennis Chirwa said 17th June 2015, analogue transmission automatically cease to function in some parts of the country. “We have arranged a series of events to bring this information to Malawians so that everyone else should be quick to respond to the migration, Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre is in the mapping of our informative forums,” said the Coordinator. Digital broadcasting is a project falling under the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture which had already appealed to the general public, television broadcasters and television equipment suppliers to unanimously migrate from analogue to digital transmission.
Malawi singer renowned for his spectacular live show Tsika hit maker DJ Sonye real name Sonyezo Kandoje is the first artist to arrive in England for an exclusive performance at this year’s Malawi Achievers’ Awards to be held in Birmingham this Saturday on April 16th 2016 from 6pm prompt to 03:30 Am . [caption id="attachment_107642" align="alignright" width="283"] Sonye: On arrival in London set for the Malawi awards[/caption] And next to arrive is Afro hip-hop music phenomenon Evance Zangazanga popularly known as Piksy, him of the Unamata fame. “I am excited to be here and all set for a great performance on Saturday. People should expect good fun, the joy and a night to remember,” said Sonye after arrival from London-Heathrow Airport. Peter Guga one of the organisers of the Malawi Achievers Awards UK who welcomed Sonye told Nyasa Times: “We are beyond thrilled to welcome Sonye.” Indeed its gonna be fun at the awards as women would have ruled the red-capert with the glamour of their gowns and then others will get changed to suit the sizziling ‘ Tsika Msungwana, itukule itukele’ song performance and others. Guga said there is “a double treat” from Malawi. “Today Sonye has arrived, will be back here again to welcome Pisky,” he said. Piksy will be joining Sonye and Africa’s international music loyalty, legendary King of Kwassa Kwassa, Kanda Bongo Man at the event. And there is Kazz, the Amina Kadeya performer. “We are excited to welcome two of the biggest acts from Malawi – Sonye and hip-hop sensation Piksy who will be coming to perform. This year’s awards is shaping up to be a fantastic night of Malawi entertainment in UK.” The event will be recorded for rebroadcast in Malawi televisions from red carpet to awards presentation, organisers said. The annual glitz and glamour red carpet event which is aimed at recognising and honouring hardworking and illustrious UK based Diaspora Malawians making a positive change in their communities and country will take place at the magnificent CSN International Conference Centre in Birmingham. [caption id="attachment_101086" align="alignright" width="494"] Achievers Awards 2016 Venue CSN International Centre, Birmingham[/caption] Malawi Achievers Awards is an event organised by Malawi Association UK, an umbrella body for all Diaspora Malawians n the UK and thrives to recognise and honour people who are making a positive difference to the Malawi community in the UK and their country, the warm heart of Africa. The event also seeks to bring Malawians and friends of Malawi from all walks of life together to share ideas and knowledge while at the same time promoting the Malawian culture, especially among the younger generation.
In this modern era, apart from promoting their art, artists are also using social media platforms to express their feelings and frustrations. [caption id="attachment_97986" align="alignright" width="400"] DJ Nathan Tunes with singer and his lover Hazel Mak[/caption] Among others, Kanye West, AKA and Cassper Nyovest are some of the well known emotional international celebrities who rant on whatever is bothering them. Malawi is no exception; recently Fredokiss took to his social media platforms where he criticized David Kalilani’s “Osaopa” controversial song. On Wednesday, Gwamba took time to address the issue of “Pay for Play” on social media where he bemoaned, “Some Malawian Radio DJs ask artists to pay them so they can play their music, and yet they play Davido's music every day. Well, kinda sad but funny. Mwinanso Davido amawapatsa dola nanga ife tidziwa bwa” He further stressed that it is really sad when DJs ask artists for money so they can play their music and yet they play Nigerian music 80% of the time. “Maybe Davido and Wizkid pay them too. Maybe they chill with Peter and Paul on WA. Who knows?” he questioned in a tweet. Gwamba further applauded MBC radio DJ Joy Natho, saying “I respect @Joynathu for being one of the few radio DJ's that support and promote Malawian art expecting nothing in return,” adding “I respect @MusicFromMalawi for giving us a platform. They changed the whole game. These days artists have no excuse. We have a platform” However, it seemed the “Better Energy Drink” mastermind’s sentiments did not go down well with Dziko FM’s DJ iWayne real name Sean Kamphulusa. In a subliminal reply, he wrote of his facebook page, “Is there any difference for an artist paying a dj to play their music & paying a prophet to pray for you??? #Thinking out loud #Don't you ever underestimate the power of the DJ or any media!!” “And my fellow DJs it's time we claim our territory whatever this artist can do they still need us let's stop acting cheap. Let's get what we deserve our friends outside they get lots of privileges but in Malawi when you doing your awards you always jump the role of a DJ. These artists to be popular or songs to be appreciated out here it needs a DJ and media respect that #2016 no free work for me!!” Chez Ntemba DJ Maya concurred with DJ iWayne in a simple comment which said, “Osamaphweketsa ngini.ana opusa,tit for tat.”
Season 7 of the E-Wallent Talent Show comes to an end on 1st May, 2016 as five contestants are expected to battle it out in a grand finale scheduled to take place at the Capital Hotel-Marquee Lounge in the capital, Lilongwe. [caption id="attachment_107834" align="alignright" width="503"] E wallet Chair Felix Njawala[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107835" align="alignright" width="503"] Grand Finale[/caption] E-wallet Coordinator Anthony Kafuwa told Nyasa Times in an email response that preparations have so far reached an advanced stage and that the final contestants are ready to showcase their talent. "Indeed the grand finale is on 1st May, 2016 at the Capital Hotel, Marquee Lounge" Kafuwa confirmed. Out of the 21 contestants who were picked at the beginning of the competition in all the three regions of the country, only five have made it to the finals. "The contestants remaining are Eunice Kadzuwa-Mhango, Shanice Tandwe, Kelvin Zalimba, Jeremiah Chikhwadza, and Sigele Akimu," said Kafuwa. The winner will go away with a brand new Nissan Tilda Hatchback worth K3,000,000.00. Kafuwa said it is difficult to predict the winner as the competition is very stiff. Said Kafuwa: "As at now, it is uncertain who the winner would be because the competition this time is stiff considering the prize at stake but Malawians should expect a great night where talent will be unleashed.” The E-wallet Coordinator also revealed that patrons will have a special bonus as musician of the moment Patience Namadingo come face to face with Faith Mussa as guest artists. The journey of the season 7 of the E-wallet Talent Competition started on 24th October, 2015 and the official launch took place at the M-Theatre Cinema at the Chichiri Chopping Mall in the Commercial City of Blantyre. The competition is being managed by E-wallet in partnership with Zodiak Broadcasting Corperation (ZBS). This year's competition is being sponsored by Monarchy Lodge, Mimosa Court Hotel, Green Island Investments, Armtech Security and Freightcom Limited.
The Malawi Achievers Awards have become the biggest event for the diaspora and they are helping promotion of Malawi’s identity and culture in the United Kingdom, the Malawi High Commission has said. [caption id="attachment_107870" align="alignright" width="600"] Malawi Queens UK group[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107869" align="alignright" width="600"] Norah Chiwaula Mclinton with Dr Malawi Ngwira[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107868" align="alignright" width="600"] Diplomat Kondwani Munthali speaking on behalf of the Malawi High Commission[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107863" align="alignright" width="600"] Malawi Achievers Awards audience[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107866" align="alignright" width="600"] Malawi beauty patrons at achievers awards[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107867" align="alignright" width="600"] The organisers of Malawi Achievers Awards UK[/caption] Representative of the mission Kondwani Munthali said the awards bring together Malawians to award and recognise contributions from various Malawians in the diaspora community who have worked hard in various fields. “Over 100 people were nominated this year, these are 100 ambassadors of Malawi in the UK in various fields in various fields and sectors,” he said. Munthali also said Malawi government has now referred the issue of the dual citizenship to the Law Commission which will led the consultation process that will culminate into a decision as to which direction the country should take in response to Malawians in the diaspora. Speaking earlier Chairperson of the Malawi Association UK, Martin Guga said the wards continue to recognise Malawians in various fields as one way of thanking them for the noble work in the communities. CEO of the Awards Stepson Mbewe and Coordinator Felix Banda said since their inception in 2014, the awards have grown in patronage and nominations that more partners are willing to support the annual events as a permanent programme of the MAUK. The Life Time Achiever award was presented to writer Walije Gondwe and the other recipients are academic achiever of the year, Dr Malawi Ngwira a lecture at Glasgow Caledonian University, Against All Odds charity, Nyasa Times online received ‘special recognition award’ for the 10 years anniversary which CEO Edgar Chibaka disclosed will be celebrated with a Banquent on August 27 at Leeds Hilton Hotel. Other awards went to ‘rising star’ Jeremy Winsten, a Malawian born who has joined Manchester City academy. Malawi Queen group, Miss Malawi UK, comedian Dailitso Chaponda were some recognised for their achievements.
From Malawi with love and colour, Malawian artists Piksy and Sonye burned down the stage as they put up brilliant performances at the Malawi Achievers Awards 2016 in Birmingham Saturday evening. [caption id="attachment_107874" align="alignright" width="600"] Sonye performing Tsika Mtsungwana[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107875" align="alignright" width="600"] Dancing antics, Richard Gondwe leads Miss Malawi UK organisers to collect awards[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107876" align="alignright" width="600"] Kondi Bowoyeke Munthali the Miss Malawi UK organiser gets his award[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107878" align="alignright" width="600"] Dumisani Kapanga receives ward on behalf of James Woods Nkhutabasa[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107877" align="alignright" width="600"] Derby Malawi Association gets award[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107873" align="alignright" width="600"] Stebbings Ngolleka aka Wizzy performing[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107865" align="alignright" width="600"] Inde Moni, Kanda Bongo Man performing[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107864" align="alignright" width="600"] Kaz perfomring Amina Kadeya[/caption] Girls screamed, parents returned to their youthfulness when after the equally performance’s by Leicester based Stebbins Ngoleka warmed up followed by Malawian born but raised in Zimbabwe artist Kaz did a child song Amina Kadeya, reminding the CSN International conference hall, that home and roots are the best. When master of ceremonies Zodiak’s Joab Chakhaza and Peter Makossa called Sonye to the stage, Malawian ladies screamed. The lad did not disappoint, every hit was an anthem, with many trying to get to the stage as the “boy” performance, from microphone play to down dances left many wondering who else would bring down the show. When he finally played his finest hit so far “Tsika nsungwana” the stage was mobbed, the kid gave out his lungs best and his dance best, jumping and coming down. The performance left many breathless and when he was called out, people chanted one more, one more. He literally could have played Tsika all night and the audience seemed it could have not minded. When Piksy dressed in all black, gold chain and red shoes jumped on stage opening with “ndafunafuna nzanga wa chikondi”, literally love and colour filled the hall. Every patron joined the dance craze that ensued. Piksy to proved after Sonye’s performance that Malawi has something to offer and it can match any international act. “I pray one day we will fill the O2 arena, these guys are massive,” Chief Judge and CEO for Music streaming site Mvelani, Dumisani Kapanga remarked right at the dance floor as he jumped to “Unamatamata.” Again, Pisky as he switched from Unamatata to his Maskal collabo, ‘Wa CV ya bo’ the stage proved too small for the artist, whose sexy seductive shaking of the torso, saw ladies scream and scream and many jumped on stage. He asked a few to try to voice the song, they included Scotland fun seeker Norah Chiwaula McLintock , but the results for the fun filled revellers were up the mark until Joab Chakhaza turned up and sang with Pisky, to the encores from the hall. Malawians almost demanded that only their artists should remain and sing all night long. No, the organisers had overdone themselves this time. It was Kanda Bongo Man’s turn. The Congolese took to the stage dressed in all black suit and matching trademark hat, a lady in his band opened with “Nairobi” which the old generation could not resist. He sang Yesu Khristu, Muchana, Inde Monie and he reminded Malawians that he was one of them, when he greeted the audience in Chichewa “muli bwanji”. Places like Lunzu Roadhouse of “manda awiri”, Nanjiri’s “stop over motel”, Namadzi, Kasungu’s and Madisi’s Falklands and of course Lilongwe’s Old Namilombwa all came alive. Kanda Bongo Man called out Salima, Lilongwe, Blantyre and repeatedly Mangochi all night, when at 3.20am the time he wanted to bow out, the tired but eager crowd did not want to leave the stage. “This was a marathon of all shows, I would never want to miss anything like this,” party guru Justin Kaunda, known as ‘Ntumbuka-Ntaifa’ remarked sweating after wriggling whole night in competition to his friends Miss Malawi UK organiser Kondi Bowoyeke Munthali and Richard Gondwe whose rhumba dance attracted audience applause. They were a marvel “We hope next year we can do more and more than this year,” Thom Twee Chiumia, Vice Chair of Malawi Assosication UK the organisers said, as patrons laughed, “you can’t beat this.” Next year, fire engines might be needed to cool off the sweat and burn from Malawians!
Glamour, glitz and better describes the 2016 Malawi Achievers Awards, improving every year since their inception. This time held outside its birth city of Leicester in a spacious CSN Arena in Birmingham, the Awards were a truly celebrity event worth memories of all time. [caption id="attachment_107991" align="alignright" width="600"] And there was a dance: Justin Kaunda, Richard Gondwe and Kondi Bowoyoke Munthali[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107990" align="alignright" width="600"] Malawi Queens UK members[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107980" align="alignright" width="400"] Sandra Jumbe[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107981" align="alignright" width="400"] Dumisani Kapanga[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107986" align="alignright" width="400"] Councillor Getrude Munthali[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107989" align="alignright" width="400"] Felani Golozela of Power Global Radio shows the award[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107988" align="alignright" width="400"] Wowed in blue on the red carpert[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107982" align="alignright" width="400"] Annette ravishing in royal blue dress[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107987" align="alignright" width="400"] Peter and Elizabethe Makossa[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107985" align="alignright" width="400"] Martin Guga and his wife who gave birth after the show[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107983" align="alignright" width="400"] Young cute couple[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107984" align="alignright" width="400"] Kalindawalo took her children to the red carpet[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107978" align="alignright" width="400"] Lawyer Sunduzwayo Madise[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107979" align="alignright" width="400"] Lawyer Boniface Chimpango[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107977" align="alignright" width="400"] Fides Kachale and his wife[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107976" align="alignright" width="400"] Good company for MC Chijota[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107975" align="alignright" width="400"] Cameronian Lary Cumber and wife Peti Mponela Cumber[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107972" align="alignright" width="400"] Feel good factor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107974" align="alignright" width="400"] Felicx Banda and Getrude Banda (some of the organisers) with Malawian Catholic priest[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107968" align="alignright" width="400"] Ladies accentuating their covetable curves[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107969" align="alignright" width="400"] Elizabeth Mtimbusya with singer Kaz[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107970" align="alignright" width="400"] Swag it[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107971" align="alignright" width="400"] Nick Thindwa in animal print jacket[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107961" align="alignright" width="400"] Richard Gondwe had lighter moments on red carpet[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107964" align="alignright" width="400"] Ladies show their gowns[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107966" align="alignright" width="400"] Pastor Edgar Chibaka and Mrs Stella Chibaka[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107963" align="alignright" width="400"] Dapper, Chiletso Shati[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107962" align="alignright" width="400"] Red-hot Ntwana[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107956" align="alignright" width="400"] Dama Phiri made a patrotism statement on red carpet[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107957" align="alignright" width="400"] Racheal Khan Muyepa style nailed, wowing in her white gown[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107958" align="alignright" width="400"] Young girls looked typically fantastic[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107959" align="alignright" width="400"] Thom Kabaghe and wife looked cool[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107951" align="alignright" width="400"] Goodson Saiwala who appeared on X-Factor with his wife as Malawi's 'Jzee and Beyonce' on red carpet[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107954" align="alignright" width="400"] Stunning[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107950" align="alignright" width="400"] Celebrity company on red capert with Piksy[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107955" align="alignright" width="400"] Couple cute[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107953" align="alignright" width="400"] Boom-two-men[/caption] [caption id="attachment_107960" align="alignright" width="400"] Yendamo Brenda Kapaluma[/caption] At the main entrance Okongola Creative Team marshalled by Justin Malewezi Junior was at hand to give lasting memories to the guests, dressed to kill, smiling to murder and ready for a fun filled long night. The red carpet was the first call for the night’s events. Piksy and Sonye let fans took selfies and others posed with them on the carpet. The two guest artists did not even have a chance to enjoy the dinner as they were in high demand for pictures throughout the night. The men dressed in all manner of attires, formal tux led by the Chairperson Martin Guga, his deputy Thom Chiumia, patrons such as Richard Gondwe, to variety of fashions. The other notable names of Malawian community also did not disappoint. Kondi Munthali Bowoyeke, Miss Malawi UK organiser turned up in a red-chinese collar printed shirt, while coordinator Felix Banda opted a Hamburg hat with white jacket. Event organiser Spiwe Zulu was in a printed all red-and orange chilundu tailored jacket designed by Dama Fashions. Head judge and Mvelani music sharing platform director Dumisani Kapanga wore a light blue suit and tie that spoke of European design. Tony Mkandawire’s tux was rare eastern print blue. The DJ Pee Gee turned up in all white long casual shirt modelled on Indian mens shirts but collarless. Dark glasses were all part of the majority of men. DJ Graham Nice of Power Global Radio turned up in a three piece navy blue suit. Manchester based Edmond Ghambi brought in his checked grey/red lined suit which was outstanding on its own. The artist too wore something different, Sonye turning up in blue jeans and slim fit jacket and white t-shirt, Pisky went for all black, a gold chain and red shoes. The backstage was well done, with stars on black background that added ambiance to the occasion. The ladies dressed to kill too. Starting with Phiona Guga’s deep blue gown, armless and latest trend that fitted well with a blessing ‘bump’. Dama Phiri the designer made a patriotism statement, she turned up in her own design of black red and green, the Malawian national colours. Face of Malawi Sheila Banda Tobie organiser came in all white attire but in a red/blue hair, while Pastor Elizabeth Kalonga opted for angelic white long dress with white and gold heavenly hair. The Derby Malawi Association ladies turned up on stage with glamour when they were named for the Best Association Award. There were three black long gowns each with unique fashion, two red long dresses and one armless purple and a star glazed grey, that made them look like the nights best dressed group. If there were fashion Police, Councillor Getrude Chirambo’s ivory and white attire could have be named the attire for the night but Malawi Queens delegation to the stage upstaged every other dressing award, with the ladies who outnumbered the men, killing the night with the attires that shone in the dimly lit hall. Ellee Moesha ‘killed it’ with a sexy short black dress styled in traditional attire but exhibiting her beauty. Annette BC wore a long blue gown perfectly fitted while Sandra Jumbe looked stunning in black figure-hugging dress. The room décor was stunning, the VIP section colours were gold and white, the other side red and white with all white table cloths that could have been as well as any Hollywood Award night. The bar stocked Malawian brandy and Malawi Gin. The Indian curry dinner was delicious for the third edition. Coordinator of the Awards Felix Banda expressed satisfaction only screaming “Behold, everything was Arsenal” when asked for a comment. It was a better night of glamour for the Malawian diaspora. The critique One of the patrons Mzondi Lungu posted his critique of the event on Facebook. Here is what he wrote: What made Malawi Achievers weekend exciting was mostly Kanda Bongo Man entertaining crowd with his Kwasakwasa lyrics, he is simply the best at what he does. He doesn't age, he was on stage longer than I thought. Yes we had Malawi musicians but as for me Kanda Bongo Man stole the show. He engaged with the audience superbly than our own musicians. I could not be satisfied that the other one travelled all the way from Malawi and only performed for ten minutes singing Tsika msungwana Tsika then disappeared, we were left wondering maybe the organisers should have played his CD version, at least there is a chance to rewind as the musician's brief appearance left people in suspense!
Six contestants from the capital city Lilongwe have made it into the Top 10 of the 2016 Airtel TRACE Music Star competition. [caption id="attachment_108045" align="alignright" width="560"] Esther Chitheka[/caption] Airtel Malawi on Tuesday revealed the names of those who have qualified for the next phase of the multimillion Kwacha singing contest. Blantyre has contributed three candidates, while the old capital Zomba has only one representative. The contenders from Lilongwe are Triza Chatata, Ruth Kulaisi who is also a television personality working with Zodiak TV, Chisomo Theteka, Sigela Akimu, Paul Kachala and Chigonjetso Katengeza. The commercial city is being represented by Madalitso Fazili, Verrie Ngoma and Esther Chitheka who alongside Fazili are backup vocalists for gospel musician Faith Mussa. Kalista Kalele, a singer who featured rappers Gwamba and BarryOne in the songsTikakumane Kumadzi and Automatic, respectively, is the only candidate representing Zomba. Thousands auditioned via mobile phones to try their luck in the competition whose winner at national level will walk away with a whopping K10 million. Some of the known casualties are afro pop musician Tigris, Mizu Band vocalist and E-Wallet contender Eunice Kadzuwa Mhango, singer Lilia, poet Yolanda Kaluma, Sunbird Search for a Star 2015 winner MacLuther Mambala and E-Wallet contender Gray, who is also a broadcaster at FM 101. From the Top 10, five participants will be eliminated this coming Sunday, 24 April, at Sunbird Mount Soche hotel in Blantyre, before the grand finals on 7 May in Lilongwe where the judges will decide the Top 3 spots. The first runner up will go home K3 million richer while the second runner up will walk away with K2 million. Apart from the K10 million ultimate prize, the overall winner will automatically qualify for the pan-African grand finale slated to take place in Lagos, Nigeria, on a date to be announced. Before the final show, the national representatives will have an opportunity to meet and be mentored by American R&B superstar Keri Hilson. Apart from mentorship, the winner will also record a song with Keri Hilson and star in their own music video alongside the U.S. mega “Knock You Down” songstress. The winner will also receive a signed contract with a major music label and worldwide media exposure through various TRACE platforms. Airtel TRACE Music Star participating countries are DRC, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia and Niger, which is the newest territory to enter Season 2 of the biggest pan-African talent search competition.