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    The-shooting-of-Chipapapa-video-in-SA.-Photo-Tay-Grin.

    Hip hop artist Tay Grin  self-styled Nyau King, born Limbani Kalilani, has  released music video of  Chipapapa, which features the Nigerian legendary singer 2Face. Watch the video. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf0L2XpldqM[/embed]

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    Wailing Brothers

    The Wailing Brothers Band says it has launched a Trust Fund – the ‘Wailing Brothers Trust Fund’ whose aim is to contribute towards the advancement of arts in the country. The Band’s media relations manager, Chigomezgo Gondwe, told Nyasa Times this week that there is “little” that is being done as regards the development of arts in the country. Gondwe said unlike other bands, The Wailing Brothers Band, is not centred on any regionalist tenets. She said the mission the Band has is a “national one.” According to Gondwe, the Trust Fund will see to it that all “deserving” talented Malawian musicians are well supported. She said there is going to be a “committee” to make sure that the Fund reaches out to deserving artists. Band leader Takudziwani Chokani said that the Band was a legacy. “We’re a history. We want to assist you Malawians just like most Malawians in one way or another have supported us throughout our career,” said Taku.

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    Lilongwe-based musician Lawrence Mbenjere

    Musician Lawrence Mbenjere has said he will be releasing a nine track DVD titled Wekha before end of May. [caption id="attachment_108172" align="alignright" width="235"]Lilongwe-based musician Lawrence Mbenjere Lilongwe-based musician Lawrence Mbenjere[/caption] The musician told Malawi News Agency that the release date has delayed in the past due to some hiccups which he has faced along the way but explained it was almost done. “A lot of people do not understand what the musical market is compared to back in the days so for example my dancers were quite expensive, they had very high expectations from me hence the high charges. “I can say that I am no longer doing music in the name of business but to keep my name in the game because even piracy levels are very high we are hardly benefiting from our sweat,” explained the musician. He also bemoaned lack of corporation from most radio Djs saying; “We are not in good terms with most of them because they also do not understand that musicians are not making as much as they were doing in the past which hinders promotion because for them to play our music they also want something in return.” The artist then sent a strong message to his fans saying despite all the hardships he has faced throughout the project, he promises that this DVD is the best compared to any of his old ones and that he has tried to put more powerful songs for the fans to enjoy. He added: “I never take the support my fans give me for granted. I respect them and they will not regret the DVD.” He has featured one upcoming artist in the DVD namely Honorato Pandakwao to promote him and it was shot by Don Clis da singer and Inde Man Ritchie who are under his recording company. He released his debut album Ndimasilira in 2005 and his other albums are Biriwita, Sewere, Udzaleka, Khwekhwelere and Kwawilira Ku Maliketi.

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    Lucus Banda:   Gospel compilation

    Malawi's celebrated music icon Sir. Lucius Banda has revealed that he is working on a new project of compiling a CD strictly containing his best gospel songs. [caption id="attachment_61901" align="alignright" width="600"]Lucus Banda:   Gospel compilation Lucus Banda: Gospel compilation[/caption] Banda said this is in response to a long time plea from his followers who have all along demanded a collection of his gospel tracks. "Good news to you all. For a long time, most of my fans who like my gospel songs have been pleading with me to put all gospel tracks in one CD. I am pleased to say I am working on that and I will just add one or two songs to make it a complete new package," Banda posted on his Facebook timeline. Soldier as he is fondly called in the music circles has however given his fans a chance to choose their favourite tracks they wish to be included. "Please help me in choosing your favourite gospel track from my album," said Banda. Banda, who launched his music journey in the 1980's with assistance from his brother Paul, released his first album Son of a poor man in the early 1990's. In almost all of his albums, Banda has always included a gospel track. Some of the popular gospel tracks of all time include Samuel, Ndakonzeka, Pharaoh, Tsiku lobwera Yesu among others. He has over 17 albums to his credit. Some of the albums he has released include Cease fire, Take Over, Yahwe, Not Easy Lord, Survivors, Life, Enermy, Life, Cell 51 and Thank You. In Cell 51, he narrated the hard times he went through during and after his arrest by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2006 while in Thank You, it was all about giving thanks to Malawians for the support rendered to him since he launched his music career.

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    2016 Miss Area 23

    Organisers of the 2016 Miss Area 23  beauty pageant in the capital city Lilongwe have confirmed that the event will take place this coming Sunday 24th April. [caption id="attachment_108177" align="alignright" width="379"]Mbira-One of the organizers Mbira-One of the organizers[/caption] [caption id="attachment_108178" align="alignright" width="346"]2016 Miss Area 23 2016 Miss Area 23[/caption] According to one of the organizers Mphatso Mbira who is also an urban musician and well known as 'Brainz wa Mbira' in the music circles, said the event will take place at the Luxurious Culture Centre in Area 23. Mbira said the event is aimed at providing something for their fellow youths where they can spend sometime in order to prevent them from indulging in immoral behaviour and it is also part of youth empowerment. He told Nyasa Times on Tuesday that ten beautiful young ladies are expected to compete and the winner will walk away with items worth K25,000.00. Some of the activities will include fashion show, sizzling brai, video shooting and finally disco. There will also be musical perfomances by Mbira himself, Manton, Silence, Geo Beib, Gibo Lantos, Shaddy K, Mwenecho, Don Taz, Ka-sir Blanca among others. The master of ceremonies will be Bless 'Aka' Chill from Beyond F.M. A list of Dj's to dish out music include DJ Wayne from Dziko F.M, DJ Thangz and DJ Crazy. According to Mbira, the event is also part of their [organizers] preparations ahead of musical shows they are set to host in May. He confirmed they are bringing in Zambia's James Magigi of the hit of the moment 'Nilibe Pulobulemu' and Chimzy Kelly of the Dorica fame. "We are three guys organizing this event [Beauty pageant] and this is part of our preparations for three big shows that will be held in May where we will bring in Chimz Kelly and Magigi" said Mbira. He added that a number of Malawian urban musicians will also be taken on board. Meanwhile, Mbira has called upon for support from interested parties as well as urging all the youths of Area 23 and surrounding areas in Lilongwe to patronize the show where they will experience maximum entertainment. The event will start at exactly 1:30pm till late and is pegged at K500.00 only.

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    Maggie Mangani

    Gospel artist Maggie Mangani, who has been spicing up several concerts recently, now  want to stage her own show  to launch album titled Mundiyendere scheduled to take place at Sheaffer ICA Marque in Lilongwe on 1st May. [caption id="attachment_108221" align="alignright" width="276"]Maggie Mangani Maggie Mangani[/caption] This is Mangani’s third album since she came on the limelight in 2006 when she released her first album titled Zatha Zonse. Speaking in an interview Maggie Mangani said she is more than prepared to give people the best saying rehearsals are currently underway. “it’s been long but now the time is here, I am ready ,currently am doing rehearsals and all I can say is to promise my fans to come in large number to watch the best live performances on 1st May,” she said. She said the show will be one of its best and that she cannot afford to disappoint her fans but rather putting up the best. During the launch she will be supported by Allan Chirwa, Favoured Martha, Violet Tengani Dumba, Lloyd Phiri, King James Phiri, Kamuzu Barracks Gospel Singers, Ethel Kamwendo and Maxwell Olotto among others. Recorded by Joseph Tembo at Groove Magic Studios, some of the songs in the album are Kuli moyo, zidzayendanso, Mwandiiwalitsa, Mukhale okondedwa Wanga and Fungatireni among others and she has also used well established musicians like Allan Chirwa and Sam Maliza who have featured songs  like ali mom’mo and you’re the Lord Respectively.

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    Pisky: Coming to Dublin with Unamatamata

    Top Malawian rapper Piksy, who is currently in England has said he will fly to Ireland and  hold a promising show in Dublin on Saturday 30 April before heading back home. [caption id="attachment_108315" align="alignright" width="590"]Pisky: Coming to Dublin with Unamatamata Pisky: Coming to Dublin with Unamatamata[/caption] Piksy will share the stage with ‘Uisova’ rapper Alice Mtanga, popularly known as Nyasa Candy at Teachers Club. Uisova, a slang that has become popular among the Malawian youth, but Alice performed a song with Lilongwe-based trio Nyasa Queens. The  23-year-old is a member of Nyasa Queens, Malawi female hip-hop group in but currently in Dublin studying. Piksy said he is looking forward to the Dublin show. “Dublin here I come Chimfana Chodziwika ndi boma,”” said rapper Piksy of his signature slang. He is expected to come back to Malawi on the 4th of May and fly to South Africa for a show in Cape town on the 5th for a show on the 7th. Piksy travelled to UK at the invitation of  Malawi Achievers Awards UK with Tsika Msungwana star Sonye and Kanda Bongo Man. He two Malawian artists flew on Ethiopian Airways  as part of the sponsorship deal for the awards. Malawi Achievers Awards UK project director Felix Banda said the organisers were “grateful” with Ethiopian Airways for their support and encouraged Malawians to use the airline.

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    Photo opportunity at awards event

    Organisers of the Malawi Achievers Awards (MAA) have heaped tonnes of inestimable praise to Africa’s larger than life and fastest growing airline, Ethiopian Airlines for a timely life-spicing sponsorship for this year’s successful glitzy and glamorous red carpet event held at CSN international Centre in Birmingham on April 16, 2016. [caption id="attachment_108327" align="alignright" width="600"]Photo opportunity at awards event Photo opportunity at awards event[/caption] [caption id="attachment_108328" align="alignright" width="600"]It was the joy time It was the joy time[/caption] MAA project director Felix Banda told Nyasa Times that the organisers of Malawi Achievers Awards, a subsidiary of Malawi Association UK (MAUK) an umbrella body for all Diaspora Malawians in the UK, friends of Malawi and charitable organisations working in the southern African country that Ethiopian Airways gave a colossal spark of verve and made the event grow and glow in a bigger and better way by helping in bringing two top Malawian artists to the UK to perform at the alluring event. “We would like to sincerely register our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to Ethiopian Airways for giving us free air tickets to fly the two musicians to the UK from Malawi to entertain the patrons at the event which is billed to be one of the biggest African events in the UK. We say thank you for the support. Our event was colourful because of their sponsorship. It was great to have the popular Malawian artists at the event and people enjoyed to the fullest,” said Banda. Added Banda: “We are very grateful for their support and we would like to encourage Malawians and everybody flying to Africa or elsewhere, to fly with Ethiopian Airways and we endorse and vouch for them as the best air carriers with a superlative service second to none.” Afro Hip-hop sensation and Kora Award nominee, Evans Piksy Zangazanga of Unamatamata fame and Tsika hit maker, DJ Sonye real name Sonyezo Kandoje during the event performed alongside Africa’s music legend and Kwassa Kwassa inventor, Kanda Bongoman and his band. Banda thanked Ethiopian Airlines for responding quickly to the Malawi Association UK’s request to help them bring Malawian artists to the UK for the awards ceremony which aims at recognizing and honouring hardworking Malawians who make a difference in their communities and their country saying Ethiopian Airlines’s act of generosity proves that they are a people driven airline and care a lot about people in the world.   Head of Marketing for Malawi Achievers Awards Cossagne Kachingwe also applauded Ethiopian Airways for the support and sponsorship saying the continent’s visibility at the event let alone the sponsorship gave the ceremony an uplift adding that the organisers of the Malawi Achievers Awards, Malawi Association UK and all their partners look forward to working with the airline from now onwards. “We are indebted to Ethiopian Airline for all they have done to us. The support they gave us enlivened the event because with the Malawian artists performing at the event helped the Diaspora Malawians muffle off nostalgia and it brought about sweet memories about the motherland, Malawi. It was great and we’re so appreciative of their munificence and goodwill and we hope that we will continue to work together as partners for a long time to come,” said Kachingwe. ‘Fastest growth’   Leading African air carrier, Ethiopian Airlines is the fastest growing Airline in Africa and in its seven decades of operations, the continental flag carriers, Ethiopian Airlines, has become one of Africa’s top air hauliers best known for excellence and unrivalled quality service delivery in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian Airline with its strong mission of bringing Africa and Africans together and closer to the world, the airline has over the years greatly expanded the much-needed air connectivity within Africa and with the rest of the world in the last 70 years. Leading the way in the past, present and the future; Ethiopian has been an aviation technology leader in Africa and has introduced many new aircraft and systems to the continent and the result of such a long journey of dedicated service has now culminated in connecting 51 cities in Africa with the major trading centres of the world in five continents and 41 cities across the globe. “Every single day, we are operating 240 flights with an efficiently designed network of connectivity through our main hub in Addis Ababa with 76 aircraft in service. Along with our Star Alliance partners, we cover the entire world,” says the Airliners publicist, Hanna Atnafu. Ethiopian Airlines is fast, profitable and has a sustainable growth that has seen them registering success in the last 10 years and make them the largest and fastest growing airline on the African continent. According to Atnafu, Ethiopian Airlines operates Africa’s largest cargo service, largest and most advanced Aviation Academy and best MRO services. Group Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde Gebremariam, said on the Airline’s website: “Seventy years is a long time, but Ethiopian is still young, strong, forward-looking and ready to contribute its own share of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena in line with the African Union agenda 2063. Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 92 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. Practically, Ethiopian Airlines is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft. Ethiopian Airlines was the biggest sponsor at the third edition of this year’s the prestigious Malawi Achievers Awards which started in 2014 and is billed as the Malawian Oscars and the biggest Malawian event outside Malawi, is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centres. Malawi Association UK chairperson, Martin Guga adding weight to the praises and vote of thanks said his association is pleased to be working with Africa’s biggest airliner and expressed hope that Malawians in the UK will use the cordial relationship between his association and the airliner to their advantage. “I am pleased that Ethiopian Airlines has opened its doors of friendship to us and I would like to encourage all Malawians in the UK and everywhere else in the world to use Ethiopian Airlines, the pride of the African continent. We’re so elated about this development and suffice to say all that this year’s Malawi Achievers Awards was great and we owe it to Ethiopian Airlines for the enormous support. We salute them,” said Guga.

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    Reptiler: Artists bite Vic Marley's style

    Barely eleven years after the demise of Malawi’s reggae dancehall superstar and urban music pioneer Vic Marley, the country seem to slowly forget the icon, a development which his family has described as unfortunate. [caption id="attachment_108419" align="alignright" width="275"]Reptiler: Artists bite Vic Marley's style Reptiler: Artists bite Vic Marley's style[/caption] Born Victor Kunje, the “Hii Hoo” star died on 24 May, 2005 in a tragic road accident along Lunzu road close to ESCOM transformers. Speaking to Nyasa Times in an interview, brother to the late Vic Marley and upcoming reggae dancehall star, Direct Music Group’s Chifundo Kunje also known as Reptiler disclosed that the family would love to organise something to remember the star in a special way but they lack resources. He appealed to well wishers including fellow artists, government and the general public to come forward as the Memorial Day is fast approaching. “We are actually looking for sponsorship. I personally have plans about his memorial shows and I have talked to a couple of people about it. It’s just that I was young and I wasn't involved with music back then,” he added. “Star Marley has been on the low for a while with his music career so you know it’s hard to talk about it.” Reptiler could not hide his feelings on how some artists seem to have forgotten about Vic Marley and yet they jack his style. “Alotta artists out there bite Vic Marley's style, especially dancehall artists but they do not do anything to show that they remember him. It’s sad and depressing at the same time,” he bemoaned. In 2013, Vic Marley was honoured with a Life Time Achiever Award at Urban Music Party (UMP) Festival which took place at Blantyre Cultural Center (formerly French Cultural Center) in Blantyre. His only album “Mau Anga” had hits such as “Adaferanji”, “Malilime” and “Chidikhodikho feat Annie Matumbi” while “Traffic Police feat Blackamoore” was released as a single.

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    Fikilepi  after receiving award

    Against All Odds Still Standing (AOS) UK 2016 Anniversary Fundraising Gala Dinner returns for its third anniversary celebration on April 30th at the Hilton Dartford Bridge in Kent, United Kingdom to raise towards the AOS’s beneficiaries and its charitable operations both in the UK and Africa from 1800hrs till late. [caption id="attachment_108379" align="alignright" width="600"]Against All Odds' Johnstone receives an award from Thom Twee at Malawi Achievers Awards UK Against All Odds' Johnstone receives an award from Thom Twee at Malawi Achievers Awards UK[/caption] [caption id="attachment_108381" align="alignright" width="600"]Fikilepi after receiving award Fikilepi after receiving award[/caption] [caption id="attachment_108380" align="alignright" width="600"]Dare to Dream Dare to Dream[/caption] The fun filled Red Carpet event, dubbed ‘Dare to Dream! Dare to Fly! Make it Count! Comes after AOS received an ‘International Recognition Award’ at the Malawi Achievers Awards UK organised by Malawi Association UK. The Anniversary celebration, which will be broadcast live by Oasis Universal Radio will be hosted by online broadcaster and host of the Steve Chijota show, MC Chijota alongside resident MC Suki of Against All Odds Still Standing Charity. After two fantastic seasons of unparalled success of fundraising anniversary celebrations, AOS will this year be taking yet another giant leap forward to its annual event. Its mission of multicultural arts promotion, ethnic diversity and positive image still remains strong as it continues to fund-raise for the disadvantaged children in Malawi and the broken hearted who have been the victims of domestic violence and abuse. AOS aims to raise awareness of the plight of women and children where abuses and inequalities are,  according Fikelephi Jackson, Founder and CEO of Against All Odds Still Standing ‘’Our vision is to reach the broken hearted who have been victims of domestic violence and abuse.  We geared to see people’s lives healed and restored by assisting them to discover their true purpose, says Mrs Jackson. “Make it Count by sponsoring one of our 60 Students in Malawi. We also have Women's Empowerment Centres in the Districts of Ntcheu and Chikwawa. So Come and be a part of the solution. We have been working around the clock to ensure you have an unforgettable night,’’ says Fikelephi Jackson who has also authored a book ‘Against All Odds I survived’ This year’s Dare to Dream! Dare to Fly! Make It Count! Fundraising Dinner Ball will provide an exquisitely sizzling 3 course meal, live entertainment and performances by the multi-award winning Malawian/Irish rap artist, Pop Dogg. Also featuring highly on the night will be performances by the South African Gospel Superstar, Sis Maneli, The Marvellous Anointed UK and Singer and Songwriter Bella Jackson. Throughout the evening there will be great entertainment, such as poetic drama, Fashion Show by Sheila’s Designs, Red Carpet photography by Rainbowsmiles Photography, Auction and Raffle Prize – giving. Then of course time for the DJ to let loose patrons with a variety of great music to dance the night away. Like never before, this year’s event is expected to attract a large patronage and prominent people across the United Kingdom contributing towards the good cause and will also feature a couple of renowned guest speakers. Since its inception the UK based non-profit organisation is deeply rooted to providing support, relief needs and is geared to empower victims and survivors in partnerships with other organisations to rebuilding lives and restoring hope. ‘’Our event last year was a huge success. And without indiduals and organisations’ support, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this,’’ noted Mrs Jackson, saying ‘’ we have increased the figures and have more scholarships besides the women that are receiving practical support from us every year. This year we are expecting to achieve even much bigger numbers as we continue to change lives. Tickets for the event are on sale online http://aosuk.org/event/dare-to-dream-dare-to-fly-aos-anniversary-fundraising-dinner-ball/?instance_id=383

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    The top five celebrate their triumph. Photo by Kimpho Loka.

    They dominated the Top 10 and on Sunday they scooped all the last five spots to make it an all-female national finale in the 2016 Airtel TRACE Music Star competition. [caption id="attachment_108491" align="alignright" width="600"]A police officer presenting top 5 results to hosts Wezi Kasambara and Mr 265. A police officer presenting top 5 results to hosts Wezi Kasambara and Mr 265.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_108489" align="alignright" width="600"]The top five celebrate their triumph. Photo by Kimpho Loka. The top five celebrate their triumph. Photo by Kimpho Loka.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_108488" align="alignright" width="560"]Paul Kachala (left) is one of the evicted male contestants. Photo by Kimpho Loka. Paul Kachala (left) is one of the evicted male contestants. Photo by Kimpho Loka.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_108490" align="alignright" width="600"]Judges Patience Namadingo, Rina and Theo Thomson. Photo by Kimpho Loka. Judges Patience Namadingo, Rina and Theo Thomson. Photo by Kimpho Loka.[/caption] The battle for the top five places had eight females namely Ruth Kulaisi, Kalista Kalele, Madalitso Faziri, Triza Chatata, Sigela Akimu, Chisomo Theteka, Chigonjetso Katengeza as well as Esther Chitheka and two male contenders Verrie Ngoma and Paul Kachala. At the end of the intense and exciting singing battle at Sunbird Mount Soche hotel in Blantyre, the ladies still reign. Madalitso Faziri, Ruth Kulaisi, Triza Chatata, Kalista Kalele and Chisomo Theteka are the finalists who will fight for the K10 million national prize and ultimately a place at the pan-African grand finale in Nigeria. During the live performances on Sunday, the three judges were looking at the originality, voice quality, range and pitch as well as the contenders’ expressiveness. Meanwhile the general public will continue voting for their favourite contestants to win the number one spot among the top five. Airtel Malawi have since expressed their satisfaction with the level of competition in this year’s edition. “We are very impressed. Hearing the entries we had to come up with the top 10 and the performances on Sunday were outstanding. “It has been a tough competition but the judges did their best to come up with the top 5,” said Airtel Malawi brand and communications manager Isabel Kachinjika. The event on Sunday was hosted by Times TV personalities Mr 265 and Wezi Kasambara. Hip hop superstar Tay Grin and dancehall whiz Blakjak also made special appearances, with the Nyau King performing Proudly African and the latest Chipapapa, while Che Kalonda dished out Yes or No and Indetu.

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    Britney Spears

    A  34 year old American pop superstar Britney Spears is considering adopting a baby girl from Malawi, online news sources have reported. [caption id="attachment_108549" align="alignright" width="379"]Britney Spears Britney Spears[/caption] According to international media reports, the singer believes it would be wonderful to give a disadvantaged youngster from the African nation a new start in America.   The UK Daily Mail reported that Britney appears to be getting some encouragement from her friend Madonna, who has two adopted children, David and Mercy. “She's considering adopting a little girl from Malawi,” a source told The National Enquirer, adding that she and Madonna have 'discussed the process on several occasions. Britney, who has remained single since divorcing her children's father Kevin Federline almost a decade ago, is yearning for a daughter and believes adoption is the way to go. Britney Spears is already a mother to two fast-growing boys, Sean, 10, and Jayden, nine. Spears's first and second studio albums 1999’s “Baby One More Time” and 2000’s “Oops!... I Did It Again”, became international successes, with the former becoming the best-selling album by a teenage solo artist.  Title tracks "Baby One More Time” and "Oops!... I Did It Again” broke international sales records. She is currently in the studio working on a new album which has not been titled yet. Britney told V Magazine's Spring 2016 issue. “It's not what you would think at all. But I'm not rushing anything. "I just want it to be done right, so that my fans will truly appreciate it. I would much rather have it be completely how I want it to be, whether that takes another year for me to do, or two months. I have no idea at this point.”   If the rumours are true, Britney will be the second pop superstar to adopt Malawian children following Madonna’s David Banda and Mercy James adoption in 2006 and 2009 respectively.

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    Morgan Heritage

    “Ain’t no party like the Morgan party coz the Morgan party don’t stop” will be the song that reggae lovers will be singing after the Civo stadium afternoon concert as SoundFreak Entertainment and Judgement Yard are scheduled to hold an after party from 8pm at Discorium club. [caption id="attachment_99700" align="alignright" width="450"]Morgan Heritage Morgan Heritage[/caption] According the organizers, SoundFreak Entertainment’s co-owner DJ iWayne, Joy Radio’s reggae dancehall DJ Spyda da Ryda and Selekta Kenzo B have also been billed to play at the after party. Among others, DJ iWayne said the after party will give a chance to the fans to see the Morgan Heritage family up close and personal and take pictures. “The after party will be at Discorium because it is a classy club. The place is decent that even the Morgan Family will appreciate. In addition, we chose Discorium because it is the biggest club in Lilongwe,” he explained when asked why the club was chosen to host the event. The Dziko radio DJ further added that he will use the opportunity to his advantage, saying he wants to leave a signature in the mixing history. “People should expect fire because we are all set as you can even see the list of DJs. These are well respected dancehall DJs in the country. Resident DJs Reubie and Spin will also do their thing on the boards. As for me, I wanna leave my signature in the mixing history,” he boasted. In related news, Morgan Heritage team started arriving in the country on Tuesday with another team expected to arrive today (Wednesday) via Lilongwe International Airport. According to media reports, the band has arrived early to put final touches on rehearsals in preparation for Saturday’s showdown. They are expected to hold a press briefing at Capital Hotel on Thursday.

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    Pisky: Coming to Dublin with Unamatamata in July

    Top Malawian rapper Piksy scheduled show in Ireland a on Saturday 30 April  has been  postponed to July, the singer has said. [caption id="attachment_108315" align="alignright" width="590"]Pisky: Coming to Dublin with Unamatamata in July Pisky: Coming to Dublin with Unamatamata in July[/caption] Piksy, who was in London,  was scheduled to share the stage with ‘Uisova’ rapper Alice Mtanga, popularly known as Nyasa Candy at Teachers Club in Dublin. But the rapper said on Thursday he was ending his tour of  England and heading back home. He said he will not proceed to Dublin but reschedule the show to July 8, 2016. “Ireland performance rescheduled to 8 July. . Stay blessed,” Piksy indicated on Thursday before his departure back to Malawi. Piksy travelled to UK at the invitation of  Malawi Achievers Awards UK with Tsika Msungwana star Sonye and Kanda Bongo Man. The Chimfana Chodziwika ndi boma rapper willfly to South Africa for a show in Cape Town on the 7th. “Next show 7 May- #Amadoda - Cape Town with my brother Nep Man,” Piksy wrote on Facebook.

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    Morgan Heritage back in Malawi for live band show

    Everyone who loves reggae music and has been familiar with the current wind of international reggae music artists that have been performing in the country will never fail to mention the name Morgan Heritage. [caption id="attachment_108646" align="alignright" width="600"]Morgan Heritage back in Malawi for live band show Morgan Heritage back in Malawi for live band show[/caption] Four members of the band were in the country in December last year with an 'introduction' performance of their new and Grammy's winning album Strictly the Roots at Silver Stadium. They went back with a promise of a full band performance this year. True, to their word and that of local music promoter Nelson Shaba a.k.a. Born Afrikan, the full house in indeed in town to rock the city with 'sweet' reggae music on Saturday at Civo Stadium. Addressing reporters in Lilongwe on Thursday, Gramps Morgan promised Malawians of a performance Malawians will live to remember. "We will have a performance that with uplift your mind, body and soul through music because music is our ministry. It will be a full show, a catalogue of songs from 1999 up to date," he said. Gramps added that "last time performance was for introduction and we promised to be back and here we are ready to excite our fans here in Malawi." Petah had no other words but expressing his admiration of the country's beauty. "We love Malawi as any other country in Africa. Malawi is a very beautiful country, very peaceful and the nature so green. We love to be here and we will always come to perform if invited," he said. The band has promised to perform for three hours non stop. Born Afrika equated the show to a toughest durby in football circles. "Its going to be tough and very exciting, people will enjoy the show to the maximum," said Afrikan of Born Afrikan Productions. Born Afrikan Productions country Coordinator Mphatso Chaluluka said number of people have bought the early bird tickets but many have missed the oopportunit which ended on Wednesday . "However tickets are now selling like hotcakes with the coming in of the full band,"  he said. The show is being sponsored by Multichoice Malawi.

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    Maggie Mangani

    Malawi’s female gospel artist Chrissie Kamthunzi is set to entertain Blantyre resident on Sunday at Robins Park, when she will launch her eighth album entitled ‘Angathe’. [caption id="attachment_108221" align="alignright" width="276"]Maggie Mangani Maggie Mangani[/caption] Kamthunzi, who has been quite in as far as performing music for the past five years will be backed by Malimba Band. Other artists, who will spice up the launch include veteran Eliza Kachali Kaunda, Wycliffe Chimwendo, Ethel Kamwendo Banda, Allan Ngumuya and Ndirande Anglican Voices. Kamthunzi has urged Malawians, especially people from Blantyre and surrounding areas to come in their large numbers insists they will not be disappointed. “I am more than ready to bounce back on stage after a long time. My message to all my fans is that come Sunday the place to be should be Robins Park from 1:30pm,” she said. As Kamthunzi will be entertaining Blantyre, people from Lilongwe have not been forgotten as another gospel artist Maggie Mangani is also expected to launch her  latest album called Mundiyendere at Sheaffer ICA Marque. Some of the artists to spice up Maggie’s launch include Favoured Martha, Lloyd Phiri, Violet Dumbah and King James Phiri. The launch will start at 12pm. After Mangani’s launch in the afternoon, Lilongwe resident will trek to Bingu International Conference Centre from 6pm to grace another launch of a secular musician Lulu. Lulu will be launching his new album Mwayenera and other artists to spice up his show include Edgar and Davis and Diktator.

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    Busy Signal at Malawi Sand Music Festival

    Jamaican highly rated dancehall artist, Busy Signal is not coming to Malawi, and not any time soon as earlier on promised by music icon Lucius Banda, Nyasa Times has established. [caption id="attachment_97128" align="alignright" width="442"]Busy Signal at Malawi Sand Music Festival Busy Signal at Malawi Sand Music Festival[/caption] In January this year, Banda through his Facebook account revealed that Signal would perform in the country once again by public demand courtesy of Sand Music led by Banda himself. Banda on 7th January, 2016 on his Facebook account wrote: “By public demand (after Judy Boucher on Valentines 14 Feb), Busy Signal returns to Malawi with live band as usual!!! April end”. He did not state the date and venue of the concert. He added: “We are bringing Busy Signal by public demand and we started talking to him in December and he accepted”. Surprisingly with only a day to go before April ends, there is no sign of Busy Signal coming to Malawi; no pomp or flair heralding the much anticipated show. Banda does not answer his phone each time Nyasa Times contact him, but sources close to the veteran artist revealed that the show has silently been cancelled. “The show was slated for April end and was later on moved to early May due to Morgan Heritage’s show taking place this weekend. But on look of things, it will not happen because there is no any ground working in preparation for the show,” said the source. According to the source, the show was Busy Signal’s form of compensation to Banda who had been claiming that he made losses during the Jamaican dance-hall singer’s first show last year. Busy Signal stunned Malawians with a scintillating performance as a headliner of the 2015 Sunbird Sand Music Festival held at Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima. “Lucius claims he made losses during the first show and Busy Signal agreed to compensate him by reducing his fees to perform for the second time in the country. But as it stands, he is not coming,’ added the source. The Signal’s second concert, according to Banda was part of raising funds for this year’s sand music festival. Last year prior to the Sand Music Festival controversy ensued when it Signal revealed he was not coming to Malawi as there was no contract, contradicting the show organizers who labored hard to clear the mist on the Jamaican expected performance in Malawi. However, the issue was resolved and Signal managed to come and perform in Malawi in a show that left patrons impressed and satisfied.

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    Gemini in Badmanting

    South African based Malawian born promising Afro Pop artist – cum – producer Gemini Major on Friday released video for his hit “Bad man ting” and performed his yet to be released song “Ragga Ragga” live on Channel O. [caption id="attachment_108736" align="alignright" width="600"]Gemini in Badmanting Gemini in Badmanting[/caption] “Badman ting” features Aweon Wolf and “Ragga Ragga” features newly Family Tree signed label mate female rapper Nadia Nakai. In an interview with Channel O, the self acclaimed new age Shabba Ranks said his sound is a mixture of different influences ranging from Hip Hop, reggae dancehall and African sounds. “I come from Malawi, we have different sounds,” said Gemini who was heard mentioning Malawi throughout the interview. The Family Tree producer has also recently been featured on DJ Waxxy’s new video “International” featuring Nigeria’s 2Baba and Buffalo Soulja. As a producer, Gemini has produced one of South Africa’s biggest hits Nasty C’s “Juice Back” which earned him a 2015 Producer of the year nomination at South Africa Hip Hop Awards. Born on June 14th, 1990, Gemini Major grew up in Kabula, Blantyre. Watch “Badman ting” video here : [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V8gb57XCNY&feature=youtu.be[/embed]

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    Freshlyground back at  Malawi's top festival Lake of Stars in September

    South Africa award winning group, Freshly-Ground have emerged as first international act to headline this year’s Lake of Stars set for Chintheche Inn on the northern lakeshore. [caption id="attachment_108834" align="alignright" width="600"]Freshlyground back at  Malawi's top festival Lake of Stars in September Freshlyground back at Malawi's top festival Lake of Stars in September[/caption] In March organizers of the most celebrated music festival listed Lusubilo Band, Kora Awards nominee, Piksy and Patience Namadingo among the festival's local acts headliners. “We're really excited to announce the first of our international headliners for this year's festival...the incredible Freshly-ground!” announced organizers on their Facebook page. Freshly-Ground, for years have been at the forefront of the music scene in Southern Africa with chart-topping tracks like 'Waka Waka', 'Doo Be Doo', and 'Pot Belly' followed up with their latest hits 'Don't Leave Me' and 'Army of One'. An accomplished musical outfit known for their energetic live performances, Freshly-ground's music has reached billions - and they will be performing live on the shores of Lake Malawi at Chintheche Inn! in September this year. Freshly-ground have been one of the greatest southern African acts for over a decade, but they rose to global fame with the hit 'Waka Waka' with Shakira as the official 2010 FIFA World Cup song. Freshly-Ground have recently collaborated with Jack Parow to produce this fantastic new track with a great music video to match, recently nominated for the South African Music Awards (SAMAs). Lake of Stars is a combination of music, poetry, and dance; and it give fun seekers opportunity to enjoy the beauty and the sparkle of waters of Lake Malawi. The festival will start from Friday 30th September and run up to Sunday 2nd October 2016. Ayiba Magazine once listed Lake of Stars 2016 as one of the top festivals on the continent.

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    Kelvin Zalimba insert right and the car prize with contestants clapping hands for his win

    Singing sensation 20-year old  Kelvin Zalimba  beat  four contestants in the finals to win the talent E-Wallet contest. [caption id="attachment_108843" align="alignright" width="600"]Kelvin Zalimba insert right and the car prize with contestants clapping hands for his win Kelvin Zalimba insert right and the car prize with contestants clapping hands for his win[/caption] [caption id="attachment_108488" align="alignright" width="560"]Paul Kachala (left) is one of the evicted male contestants. Photo by Kimpho Loka. Some of the contestants in the E-Wallet[/caption] Zalimba battled it  out with Sigele Akimu, Shanice Tandwe, Eunice Mhango and Jeremiah Chikhwaza to win a lucrative  K3 million Nissan Tiida. “I couldn't believe it when the named me the winner," Zalimba told Nyasa Times. “I am very happy. It’s a dream come true,” Chilomoni-based youngster added. Zalimba who performed the reindition of  Luther Vandross’ Buy Me a Rose had to emerge winner in a  tie breaking mechanism when contestants had to vote for each other. He is the only one who got two votes. Earlier, Zalimba got the node from one of the judges, Dumisani Mfune. He said: “Musical aptitude is one of the key attributes I look for in a musician apart from interpretation. We don’t want copycats like what we have in the gospel music scene where most music is copied from South Africa, no disrespect but this is true. That unique voice is Kelvin.” But judges Marvin Hanke settled for  Eunice Mhango and  Rudo Mkukupha-Chakwera picked Shanice Tandwe who emerged  a runner up. Rudo said about Shanice: “Recording her voice, will give you goose bumps.” Shanice was gracious in defeat, calling her rival "unique". She said “the best guy won. Kelvin deserves it.” Eunice Mhango, who is the main vocalist at Mizu Band was announced as the second runner-up. The road to the E-Wallet season six started with auditions in Mzuzu where two were picked Mwayi Matiti and Kennedy Burton followed by Lilongwe where they picked namely three namely Sigele Akimu, Ruth Kulaisi and Shadreck Amos. In Blantyre, nine were selected and they are Enerst Masi, Rita Kalonga, Eunice Mhango, Shanice Tandwe, Jeremiah Chikhwaza, Annie Kapanda, Khumbo Manda, Kelvin Zalimba and Jeremiah Chigwenembe.

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