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ARTISTS TEAM UP IN THE COVID-19 AWARENESS CAMPAIGN CALLED OSAPHWEKETSA
Musicians Hyphen, Barry One, Saint and Ritaa have teamed up, partaking in a task known as Osaphweketsa in the fight against Covid-19 which continues to claim lots of lives globally.

The project has seen the production of an audio produced by Tricky Beatz and Pro-Pee, with the video shot and edited by Ben Bei.Pro-Pee, who has been in the creative industry for a long time and has worked with a number of artists, said yesterday that they thought of looking into all the angles, hence the introduction of a song as well as its series.

“We have planned to have three seasons but, because of the demand that we are getting, we have decided to extend it. At the moment we will be releasing one episode at a time,” Pro-Pee, real name Percy Manyozo said.

He said the first episode was expected to come out Wednesday.
“We are operating without funding at the moment. We are looking for free television slots because they have to be followed with a television programme in which we have to be explaining and letting the general public know about the dangers of Covid-19. This is a campaign. We believe the general public can believe that there is indeed Covid-19 through this campaign,” Pro-Pee said.

He said using some of the well-known musicians, who are public figures will spread the message further.
“This is why we choose to work with these musicians. We are working on this project because we love the general public and our fans,” Pro-Pee said.

Saint of the ‘Delilah’ fame said they were happy to be involved in a campaign that is for a good cause.
“This is all about awareness for Covid-19. It is a song but, on top of that, we are also acting what is in the song. It is actually different from how we shoot music videos. The acting is what is happening in the song,” he said.

He said, at the moment, they have not found the right platforms to be putting the material. “We are still looking for partnership but, for now, we will utilise the social media, other websites and then try to partner television stations such as Times,” Saint said.
Sam Banda(Times)
18 Jan 2021

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LEGENDARY MUSICIAN LUCIUS BANDA CALLS ON ARTISTS TO STRIVE FOR QUALITY AND CREATIVITY
Musician Soldier Lucius Banda has called on fellow musicians to strive for quality, saying times have changed and competition is stiff.

Lucius, who is also Presidential Adviser on Youth and Arts, said quality is the only way musicians can win people’s hearts.

“The creative industry has been affected greatly by the Covid-19 pandemic and now we need to find solutions on how we can survive. People are no longer buying CDs and there are also restrictions of not more than 100 people. So the key word should be quality to make it,” he said.

Lucius, who is one of the successful musicians in the country and has more than 15 albums, said quality will always draw people to one’s work.

“If there is quality in your work then you are assured of support and this is what musicians and artists need to put more effort in. Gone are the days when we were only looking at quantity,” he said.

Lucius said, with the pandemic, which has brought restrictions to gatherings, “quality will be key in attracting people to your shows”.

“If we are to hold shows with a smaller number then you will also need to raise the entry fee but people will only accept that high fee when there is quality in your work,” he said.

He described 2020 as a wasted year when artists failed to succeed in their projects.

“This is just a year for us to thank God for keeping us safe and we are hoping that things will be normal next year. One of the sectors that has been affected greatly by the pandemic is creative industry; unfortunately, we are not supported fully,” Lucius said.

He said many musicians and artists have had to adjust and look at other ways of making money to earn a living.

Lucius also said that it was time for the industry to embrace technology.

“We need to move fast and be at par with the world as far as technology is concerned. Where we are now, selling music has now turned online and shows and we have seen artists holding online shows. But this is not easy, we need the ground to be levelled and then we also need support from the government and the corporate world,” he said.

His two shows on Friday and Sunday will see him sharing the stage with his brother Sir Paul, Chisomo Golombe, Nepman, Janta, Saint, Sam Smack, Eli Njuchi, Mr Friday and his son Mr Zembani.
Sam Banda (The Times)
02 Jan 2021

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RASHLEY COMES BACK AGAIN WITH A NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Malawian Afro/R&B artist, Rashley, has released his new music video, “Norah”.

The new song, “Norah” talks about a romantic relationship between two people; how the guy was able to realize their unique love for his girl after she left and how the guy is trying to win back the love and trust from the girl.

The video was shot by VJ Ken while the song was produced by Red Disc, Gaffar and Masclan Records.

Born Happy Jumbe, Rashley is gradually picking his way into the music scene. From early days of being in the church choir, Rashley had always known, that he had a talent for singing and was sure that one day he will make it in the spotlight.

Previously released songs include “Bodza”, “Zomwe Ndimaganiza”, “Chiletso” and “Ndilibe Chonena” gave Rashley a pedestal, officially introducing him as an artist on the Malawian music scene.

Rashley’s latest release, “Ndidzasangalala” elevated his music career, giving him the recognition he solely deserved. The song received positive and overwhelming response from fans and the public, having trending on social media for weeks, circling the top radio charts and serving as a hit song at weddings and events. Since over time, Rashley has grown to becoming a popular independent artist, and constantly keeping as one name to look out for on the urban scene.
Augustine Mukisi
26 Dec 2020

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ELI NJUCHI FILLS UP ROBINS PARK
Blantyre’s Robin’s Park was a place filled with emotions over the weekend as music fanatics witnessed 18-year-old Eli Njuchi pull a large crowd on Sunday.

Most of the young artist’s fans made their way to the venue by walking in rains that poured just when the show was starting.Queues delayed car drivers travelling to different destinations along the road leading to Robin’s Park.

Fans stood in long lines just to get their way into the venue where Eli Njuchi was launching his debut album, The Book of Eli.

The venue saw thousands of fans disregard Covid-19 precautionary measures as neither social distancing nor wearing of masks was practiced while they watched the ‘Zitheke’ hit-maker get supported by Piksy, Suffix, Saint, Phyzix, Hayze Engolah, Classick and Charisma, among others, as they graced the stage with their performances.

Eli Njuchi’s set made him drop tears on stage as he looked to be in disbelief at the thousands of people that were singing along to his songs word-by-word.

However, in an interview, Eli Njuchi said, all along, he knew that he would one day pull off such a huge crowd.

“As a young person, it is something I had always dreamed of. I worked for it and I am truly grateful to everyone that made their way to the show to make my dream come true,” he said.

South Africa-based Malawian artist Gemini Major—who rose to fame through a song titled ‘Ragga Ragga’ in which he featured South African artists including Cassper Nyovest— performed at the show as he was already in the country.

The artist said he came to support Eli Njuchi as he was inspired by the artist’s talent despite being a young creative.

“I was in the country for a different show that happened on Friday. When I saw that Eli Njuchi was launching his album, I decided to come and support the young artist. I felt emotioal as he was performing because the love Malawians showed Eli Njuchi was something I haven’t seen in a while,” he said.
The Times
17 Dec 2020

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ELI NJUCHI TO STAR AT KA JIVE SHOWS
Youthful musician Eli Njuchi has partnered Times Group in the promotion of his debut album The Book of Eli .

The album will be launched at Robins Park in Blantyre on December 13, 2020.

The move will also see the musician performing at Ka Jive Season Four elimination shows which start this Saturday at Times Entertainment Studio in Blantyre.

Both Times Group Commercial Manager Lusayo Msukwa and Eli Njuchi’s manager Prince Chikweba confirmed the development.

“This is an exciting development because Njuchi will reach out to people during Ka Jive dance competition as regards his debut album. Again, this will be part of entertaining people,” Chikweba said.

Msukwa said Njuchi being a youthful artist, would appeal to fellow youngsters.

“He is launching his debut album and so, Ka Jive will give him the platform to promote his album and reach out to more people,” he said.

Recently he planned an Eli Juchi Fest to take place at Soche Mountain but postponed it due to challenges beyond his control.

He said he is looking forward to the launch next month and called on people to save the date.

“I have enjoyed working on the songs and I hope people will love them just as I have loved producing these songs,” Njuchi said.

The 15-track album has songs such as ‘Honest’, ‘We Have Maine’ and ‘Confess’.

The Book of Eli also follows in the footsteps of his Extended Playlist (EP) titled The Book of Z.

The artist last year also made history when he was among the youngest to perform at Lake of Stars Festival held at Kachere castle in Nkhata Bay.

“I am looking forward to the performances at Ka Jive. This is another good platform for me to showcase my talent but also warm up for the launch,” he said.

Ka Jive Dance competition Season 4 started with auditions before going to elimination stage which will see 15 groups being evicted.

The winner is expected to walk away with K1 million with the runner up pocketing K400,000. The second runner up will go away with K150,000 courtesy of Mchinji Boys Construction led by Justice Katika.

Meanwhile, Msukwa has said that the grand finale of Ka Jive Dance competition (Tivine Zimenezi) will be held on December 19 2020.
Sam Banda (The Times)
08 Nov 2020

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PATIENCE NAMADINGO OUT WITH NEW SINGLE
Musician Patience Namadingo on Tuesday released a new single titled ‘Tumani’ (Send).

The musician has released both audio and video for the song.

Once again, Namadingo who is trending with humanitarian projects aimed at assisting the needy, has exploited deeper messaging .

He sings in the song that it seems there are more bad than good people and that more people know the Word these days but few act on it.

The singer and guitarist further wrote in the song that ‘men and women of God’ have stopped preaching of God’s coming and that many of them are obsessed with money which is their in thing now rather than preaching salvation.

The musician then calls upon God to send His angels to meet him in Gethsemane simply because “it seems like there are thieves in his house”.

The sound is perfect in the song but the power of it lies in the message.

Part of the lyrics in the song goes like; "Zikuwoneka ngati mwabwera amalonda mnyumba mwanu,zikuwoneka ngati mwabisala achifwamba mnyumba mwanu…. tumani angelo anu andipeze mu Getsemane… zikuwoneka ngati mwalowa akuba mnyumba mwanu…"

Namadingo has done great justice to most of his music videos, he seems to have put together a team that knows how to hatch concepts led by him as the main player in which they have gone on to execute perfect projects.

The music video itself has been done with only two people in a studio set up – featuring – Namadingo, who sings showcasing his vocal ability with renowned producer and drummer Amos Mlolowa on the piano. Namadingo then starts playing the guitar as the track moves to the climax.

He said yesterday he was happy to have come out with another song.

“I hope people enjoy it just as I have enjoyed working on it,” the musician said.

Namadingo has since said that his last single ‘Pefekiti’ will come out on November 30 2020.

Last month Namadingo’s ‘Mapulani’ reached one million views on YouTube in five months since it was released.

In August the musician also released ‘Aliyense’ which was received with mixed feelings.
Sam Banda
12 Oct 2020

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ZANI CHALLE BEMOANS LACK OF SUPPORT FOR ARTISTS FROM THE CORPORATE WORLD
Zani Challe, real name Zani Chiumia, was speaking during a Facebook live interaction with her fans on Saturday. She said, “There’s so much talent in Malawi. The unfortunate thing that holds Malawian artists back is lack of support from the corporate world. Our friends from other countries are getting sponsorship from big companies,” she said.

Zani said, " the entertainment industry requires you to put in so much money before you start making your own money, but a lot of corporates in Malawi don’t take the entertainment industry serious and they are not willing to invest."

The artist also shared her misgivings with Malawian music promoters for settling for international stars at the expense of locals.

The live chat took an interesting turn when a fan, Jemu Jaxon Tyler, asked the musician which female artist  she would love to collaborate with in Malawi to which she responded: “Nobody.”

She, however, said: “I would love to work with Gemini Major. It’s just that I am always travelling in and out of South Africa and he is so busy.”

Zani Challe also took time to respond to her critics over some of her recent raunchy pictures which have attracted criticism.

The artist said how she dresses does not define who she is but, her craft as an artist.Though some artists have complained of lack of support from the corporate world, history has recorded some major collabolations between artists and companies.

Recently National Bank of Malawi plc sponsored live perfomances of Find Codi and Piksy at its premises in Blantyre, FDH Bank plc hired Patience Namadingo as its brand ambassador while Standard Bank has until recently was sponsoring the annual Standard Bank Jazz Nights. Other institutions that have sponsored artists are Airtel Malawi, Lilongwe Dairy Limited, NBS Bank plc, MultiChoice Malawi and Unicef, among others. 
Augustine Mukisi
06 Sep 2020

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MEET PHRONEE; THE VERSATILE AND CHARISMATIC RAPPER
Real name Phronesis Chance Fumbula Phronee is a second year student studying Bachelor of Social Science in Community Development at Pentecostal Life University and is currently signed under Sir Odillo Enterprises(SOE).

Phronee started making music when he was at the age of 9. He use to be one the best lip synchers and use to memorize RnB & Rap songs. The artist officially embarked on a serious musical journey in 2015 when he stated recording on his own.

The artist has so far released a couple of hit singles such as Immutable, 21(Freestyle) and 6th sense which was released recently. Phronee has worked with different artists such as OC and many more.

The artist said, " I think of myself as a rare breed in this industry, I'm coming in with whole lot of new lease of musical life that has never been made before with unheard of flows and unique mode of delivery that are breathtaking, l'll definitely make it for Jesus!"

Like any other upcoming artist Phronee has had his fair share of challenges. One of the most noticeable one is difficulties in penetrating into the mainstream music platform. He said, "l have being taught that a certain type of genre being communicated with a certain foreign language can not make it here in Malawi ,for example making music in English. But l believe if we are to reach out on a worldwide platform we need to communicate with a global language. The industry is diversified some artists are localized they make music in chichewa and others make songs in English. The music industry is becoming global and is no longer defined by what kind of language used. So let's aim high!"

His vision is to be the best Christian Hip hop artist not only in Malawi but in the whole region of southern Africa. Phronee is unapologetic of his love for Jesus and making music. His desire is to shine and represent Jesus on a global scale.

Phronee is set to release his first EP titled "Indigo" on the Saturday the 29th of August, 2020.The EP is expected to overwhelm the Christian Hip-hop scene.The EP has been Mixed and Mastered at Sir Odilo Studios.
malawisounds
21 Aug 2020

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ELIZA MPONYA SET TO RELEASE HER NEW SONG
One of Malawi's female Gospel song birds Eliza Mponya is set to release her new song titled "Musaweluze" this Friday, 7th August, 2020. According to the Kadyelere hit maker Musandiweluze is a song that is advising people to desist from judging others based on their current situation as no one knows what tomorrow holds.

Eliza Mponya started singing way back just for fun. After realising that she could use her music gift to preach the Gospel she embarked on a serious musical journey which has been good so far.

Eliza is well known for songs like Muloleranji, Wakhala bwanji munthu and Kadyelele. She has one album tilted "Muloleranji" to her name which was launched in 2018. Eliza has worked with big artists like Vin Chizuzu and Dr. Ethel Kamwendo to mention just a few.

In 2018 Eliza was voted for the best female artists under Magic promotions and was also nominated for the Gesu Awards in the same year. She has so far performed in countries like Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa successfully.

Asked about what people should expect from her new song and career in general she said, "People should expect the best from me.I have so much more to offer as I am still perfecting my craft and learning a lot everyday."
malawisounds
05 Aug 2020

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LIMOBLAZE RELEASES "BLOW MY MIND" REMIX
Limoblaze real name Samuel Onwubiko is a contemporary Gospel artist who was born in Markudi, Nigeria.He is famously known for his passion for God and his versatility and skill in the art of music making.

His music career started off in the late 2012 and ever since he launched his career he has won several prestigious awards such as the AGMMA Afro hip-hop artist of the year for the years 2018 and 2019 and the best international act at the premier gospel awards in 2019.

Limoblaze has three albums on his name namely; Blind produced in 2016, Before Now produced in 2018 and Afrobeats Rap and Jesus produced in 2019. He has so far colllaborated with well known artists in the Gospel music fraternity like Da Truth, S.O., Okey Sokay, CalledOut Music, Gil Joe, Nkay to mention just a few.

Recently Limoblaze dropped his hit single titled "blow my mind," an Afro-beat feel good song. Following the success of the song Limoblaze has has set to release a couple of remixes. On his first "Blow my mind" remix he has collaborated with Kelvin Sings and Beracah who are Malawi’s finest Gospel RnB singers.He has also slated to do more Remixes with artists from other countries such as Zambia.

On the "Blow my mind" Malawi remix, all the artists have done justice to the song and they didn't disappoint despite having big differences in how they deliver on the mic. Unlike Limoblaze, Kelvin Sings and Beracah have worked on a couple of projects together.

The musical journey for Limoblaze is filled with vast potential.His dedication and versatility has seen him gain recognition in the Christian hip hop and Afro beat fraternitiy around the globe. So soon he will be dropping his new song on which he has collaborated with Da Truth and Travis Green.Be on the look out.
malawisounds
23 Jul 2020

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