Monthly Archives: September 2014

When churches adopt Nyabinghi chants


There was some hype last year in December when Men’s Choir St. Johann of Basel in Switzerland performed three Nyabinghi chants. Many questions arose as to why a church should use something from another that do not in a way … Continue reading

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MUM’s Chimwemwe Mhango


Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) must be a very lucky institution to have the Rev. Chimwemwe Mhango at the helm. To start with, when he was starting, I dismissed him as just one of the many heads of the then … Continue reading

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Piracy resurrects Ned Mapira


This week on Monday my brother, Ephraim, called me from the grounds of Hyper Store in City Centre Lilongwe. Apparently, he was in his car at the parking lot waiting for my in-law, Clara, who had gone inside for some … Continue reading

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Where are the Sunbird stars?


So, the Sunbird ‘Search for a Star’ is now in eviction phase which is a sure way of trying to ape the South African and US Pop Idols, although without being a complete replica when it comes to what accrues … Continue reading

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Why Oliver Mtukudzi still matters


Was it a privilege? Yes, I guess it was. On the night of Wednesday, August 20, I had an opportunity to share the same dinner table with Oliver Mtukudzi, hosted by Latitude 13, barely 48 hours before he staged a … Continue reading

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Learning from the best  


Last week I had the honour to be flown to Jo’burg by Malawian Airlines to interview headliners at this year’s Lake of Stars Music Festival. These were the Mafikizolo duo, Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza, as well as South African … Continue reading

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Where is Lloyd Phiri’s song?


When you are a gospel artist you risk being dismissively given the rubbish tag that is cynical of every musical talent and endowment on display. In the past, I have argued on the basis that every religious belief is a … Continue reading

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