Benedicto Wokomaatani Malunga debuted at the storytelling session

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Benedicto Wokomaatani Malunga debuted at the storytelling session held at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre on Saturday afternoon.
The storytelling sessions, spearheaded by Ekari Mbvundula and Wonawaka Gondwe, have been specifically featuring English stories but it was a different story on Saturday when Wokomaatani, who was the guest artist, read his piece in Chichewa.
He was the only one who read his work in Chichewa, with all the writers offering theirs in English.
The veteran poet famed for the poem ‘Ndidzakutengela Kunyanja Ligineti’, did not choose to read his story in Chichewa but he was asked to and although it was the first time, he excited the audience.
Saturday’s session was held under the theme
Zinachitika Ku Malawi (It Happened in Malawi) .
And so Wokomaatani picked the same title for his story telling people about a story that led to the construction of Gogo Chatinkha Ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.
With his versatility and prowess in Chichewa which has led him to win the hearts of many people in poetry, his story was well crafted with all the juice, as he zeroed in on a professional doctor who opened a can of worms by telling the father and founder of the Malawi nation the late Kamuzu Banda the truth about the hospital’s situation upon his visit.
This led to Kamuzu promising to build the Gogo Chatinkha Ward.
The veteran poet said reading the Chichewa story took him down memory lane during Nzeru Nkupangwa on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation days when he used to entertain people with Chichewa stories.
“This was more like reclaiming my origins before I even became the poet people know me today,” he said.
Wokomaatani, who yesterday was also expected to star at the second edition of the Warm Heart Poetry Festival at Robin’s Park in Blantyre, described the event as impressive.
“I am happy with the event because it is relatively organised by young writers with greater enthusiasm,” he said.
The poet said he is fully back and that he is working on a Chichewa anthology of short stories.
There were a variety of stories from the theme.
Writer Temwani Mgunda read a story titled A Bitter Harvest which was written in memory of his friend, who died of HIV and Aids.
It was a touching story that kept people attentive as Mgunda read out the extract.
This was the first time for Mgunda, who has written several short stories, to read a story at the story-telling session.
Female writer Koleta Dama brought something different to the table when she read out a humorous story titled Kathryn’s 15 Minutes of Fame.
The story recounts Kathryn’s behaviour at the funeral where she creates a scene as she tries to avoid eating beans and instead wants meat and she ends up arguing with fellow women.
Koleta said she comes up with stories through what she encounters and that it was the same with this story.
The other stories read on the day were The Willow Tree by Khumbo Mhone and My Brave Brother by Theo Manda.
Mbvundula said it was a very good vibe for the session to have a first Chichewa story by Wokomaatani.
“Wokomaatani is popular with the crowd and, through his reading, it showed that people appreciate stories in vernacular. The story was historical and so we finished in style,” she said.
Having run the storytelling sessions for eight months now, shifting between Blantyre and Lilongwe, Mbvundula said they will take a break in August and return in September.
“The break will give us a chance to assess everything so that we come out with a bang and hope to come out with new things and new ideas,” she said.

Fredokiss’s Ghetto Gutter Entertainment Friday signed a management contract with hip pop heavy weights

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Fredokiss’s Ghetto Gutter Entertainment Friday signed a management contract with hip pop heavy weights Daredevilz.
The contract means the Ghetto King, Penjani Kalua, will be responsible for the management of the centre thus including organization of shows, business and production of music.
The Daredevilz duo, Marcus Pasanje and Graiton Pasanje, will be only responsible for compilation of songs.
Speaking after signing the contract at Ghetto Gutter’s Dilamere offices in Blantyre, Fredokiss said he was excited to take on board the Daredevilz because they are strong and that they played a crucial role in initiating urban music in Malawi.
“Putting aside the music history, I have always respected the role and impact the Daredevilz have made on the country’s urban music. When I talk of true art, the Daredevilz come first in my mind.
“I highly value this new partnership, the power of their music is a true representation of a genuine talent,” he said.
Fredokiss assured Malawians that they should expect better music from the new team.
Meanwhile, the Jah Jah Hit maker has appealed to Malawians and the corporate world to use the entertainment house for marketing and social behaviour change communication.

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This is a summary of MISA Malawi awards received by journalists last night from different media houses.

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This is a summary of MISA Malawi awards received by journalists last night from different media houses.

Times Group :12,

Zodiak Broadcasting Station:7

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation:0,

Nation Publications: 19,

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Malawi Institute of Journalism:5,

Kwaso News: 1,

Maziko Radio: 3,

Freelancer:1.

Media House of the Year Radio: ZBS,

Media House of the Year Television: Times TV,

Media House of the Year Print: Nation Publications.

2018 NYASA MUSIC AWARDS winners

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2018 NYASA MUSIC AWARDS winners

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Lawi- Sunset in the Sky – Winner
Sangie – Painless
David Kalilani – Fore runner
Lucius Banda – Crimes

BEST HIP HOP ARTIST
Fredokiss – Winner
Gwamba
Suffix
Macelba
Martse

BEST R&B ARTIST
Bucci
Kel Kay – Winner
Hazel Mak
Theo Thomson
Kelvin Sings

BEST GOSPEL ARTIST
Suffix
Thoko Katimba
Gwamba
Faith Mussa – Winner
Ethel Kamwendo Banda

BESTNEW COMER
Waxy Kay
Wikise
Episodes – Winner
Ababa Sergent
Seven O More

BESTREGGAE ARTIST
Saint
Sangie
Black Missionaries-Winner
Firestar
Trumel

BESTSECULAR ARTIST
Atohti Manje
Lucius Banda
Lulu
Nepman -Winner
Skeffa Chimoto

BEST PRODUCER
Dj Sley
AK on the board -Winner
BFB
Tricky Beats
Sonyezo

BESTACOUSTIC ARTIST
Patience Namadingo
Lawi
Faith Mussa-Winner
Muhanya
Lulu

BEST MALE ARTIST
Gwamba
Fredokiss
Tay Grin-Winner
Theo Thomson
Macelba

BEST FEMALE ARTIST
Rina
Zani Challe -Winner
Sangie
Hazel Mak
Hilco

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BEST RADIO DJ
Joy Nathu-Winner
Panther
Blackjack
Kenny klips
Atom

BEST TV PRESENTER
Blakjak
Anne Matumbi
Dash-
Connie
Luna -Winner

BEST AFRO POP
Piksy
Sonye
Saint
Stitch fray -Winner
Sir Patricks

BESTGROUP
Homegrown
Bossaro Music Group
Classmates
Nyasa Gurus
Zathu Band -Winner

BESTDANCEHALL ARTIST
Malinga Mafia -Winner
Jay Jay Cee
Purple C
King Chambiecco
Mady P

BEST COLLABORATION
Legends Never Die- Bossaro ft. Blakjak, Hyphen, Barry One. -Winner
Jaiva – Hazel Mak ft Tay Grin and Roberto
Tchekela – Macelba ft Saint
Mr yesu – Gwamba ft Kell Kay
Tsidya lina – Hyphen ft Malinga Mafia

BEST TRADITIONAL
Nyanesi
Kukana kuba band
Innocent chitimbe-Winner
Frank Kaunda
Atoht Manje

BEST FEMALE BROADCASTER
Jean chalungama-Winner
Nicole Kamwendo
Tildy
Sharon Chirwa
Sharon Jumbe

BESTVIDEO
Good Life – Purple C -Winner
21 – Tay Grin-Winner
Jaiva- Hazel Mak
Mbama – Gwamba
Priceless- Theo Thomsom

BEST LIVE ACT
Fredokiss
Tay Grin
Patience Namadingo
Faith Mussa-Winner
Theo Thomson

BEST CLUB DJ
Dj Rubie – Winner
Vj Ice
Nathan tunes
Dj Maya
Dj Flame

SONG OF THE YEAR
Priceless- Theo Thomson
Apsye Mtima – Macelba
Che Patuma – Atohti Manje
Delilah- Saint
Wangongole- Janta -Winner

BEST VIDEO DIRECTOR
Vj Ice
Sukez -Winner
Mest Media
Essim
Ron C

Nic Thindwa arrived home in search of love.

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He confided the feeling to his friend Dan LU who gave a well thoughtful suggestion that such a needy cannot be done without the gifted hands of the hit maker Tricky Beatz.
The artist finally got murdered in the love song ‘Apa Ddafika’ featuring the hook star Dan LU.
According to the artist, the song simply talks love in a greater way that is never felt by many people in search for it. It is a magnet feeling that shocks one once they met such a person.
“The song talks about the journey a man takes to find love but couldn’t find the serious person and ended up being played. This also happened at the time that a similarly heartbroken girl was in search of love. The two met, the rest is a hit song,” explained Nic with a faint laughter.
According to the artist, the song will soon be made available on Malawi-Music, with the video coming a month later. He hinted on shooting the video in Sandton, South Africa.
“It’s a great song that people should look forward to and it will be made available on Malawi Music. Plans are underway to shoot the video in Sandton, South Africa. We are just checking on both our schedules, but sooner or later, we will hit local and international waves with Apa Ndafika,” explained Nic.
The artist met in Ireland during a performance and agreed to work together on a project that has been long coming.
On the other hand, Nic Thindwa is a famous performer among the Malawian community in both UK and Ireland. He has performed at mosyt shows in UK, sharing stage with more local performers. His hits have among others been produced by Janta and Trick Beatz.
The recent collabo with Dan is his first blended work with a mainstream artist from Malawi since his reception in the UK Malawian organised shows