The Malawi Music industry is diverse and changes overnight like weather. You can wake up to one trend this morning and the next minute , a whole new wave overshadows the previous trend.
Over the past week, Malawi’s top music artists have released smash hits which have turned tables and brought in a new wave. Artists Including Dan Lu, Lawi, Gwamba, Onesimus, and Namadingo have been talk of the week for the past week with their songs having a positive feedback in the weekly top 10 charts.
Topping the local Malawi Chart, is ‘Onesimus’ with his latest song, ‘PANADO’ which is also doing great in South Africa’s top 10 itunes chart (currently at number 4). In the song, ‘Panado’, Onesimus talks about those that hate on successful people, and those that have and envious and jealousy attitude towards progress. He advises such people to take some medication as jealous and envy is a disease.
Another song gaining love is Janta’s ‘Chisoni’ which is based on his life story. In the song ‘Chisoni’, Janta, who has recently gone through a heartbreak, cries out and admits that he was about to commit suicide after his recent heartbreak. His story is something many youths have related to hence making a heavy buzz across Malawi.
3 weeks old, ‘YAZ ABANTU’ by Gwamba ft Mlindo the Vocalist is also doing exceptionally well in the top 10 chart, currently at number 3. Currently, Gwamba is Malawi’s biggest hiphop artist, and with such an international collabo, it is no surprise that he is making great buzz in the charts.
Malawi’s currently trending humanitarian, Namadingo is also making great strides in the music industry upon releasing his latest single, ‘TUMANI’, which is one week old. In the song, he calls upon God to send his Angels to witness the sins happening in some churches. Despite being a secular musician, Namadingos’s tune has received warm response in Gospel corners.
Other artists that are gaining momentum and might be in line for next trends include;- Lawi, Dan lu, Rashley, Zani Challe, and Tyler Da Crisis .
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DANCEHALL NEEDS A NEW KING TO LEAD IT INTO THE FUTURE, I AM THAT KING.” SANTAFELLA CROWNS HIMSELF THE NEW DANCEHALL MESSIAH
He isn’t a stranger in the industry having being mentored by some of the big names in the dancehall circles, Santafella’s musical journey is one that has been nothing short of interesting as he’s proved that nothing beats hard work and dedication.
Commonly known for bringing together a new breed of dancehall artists to form a faction that has solely set it’s sights on leading Malawian dancehall into the future, Santafella has come into his own in 2020, spearheading a 3 man revolution that has seen him lay waste to some of the notable dancehall names with jabs aimed at reigniting the dancehall spark that has slowly been fading over the last few years.
“I love dancehall, and it’s sad to see how much talent we have and yet we aren’t moving forward. I wanna lead us into the future because the others have failed and yet they’re still respected for works they did in 2005. Music has changed, they need to change with the times or pass the torch or else ndilanda.” Said the charismatic New Dancehall Generation leader, Santafella.
This came off the back of a diss video to the dancehall fraternity heavyweights like Malinga and his Archaida Universe (with the exception of Ka Sir Blanca), Mady P and the entire Mabilinganya empire, as well as Blasto, stating that they were supposed to take Malawian dancehall international but they’re too comfortable to do it.
Will the self proclaimed KING back up his words or is it just talk? Time will tell, we’ll patiently observing to see what happens next..
POLICE have taken interest in some video clips circulating on social media involving the late musician David Phiri famously ‘Daev Zambia’.
Daev Zambia is the famous singer behind the hit songs ‘Never been easy’ and ‘Kamba ka love’ and was also part of the XYZ music group.
He died on Sunday evening along side three other people on the Chirundu-Kafue road.
And in the video clips that have gone viral on various social media platform’s, two unidentified young women are seen whipping the late musician.
The two women who can visibly be seen, can also be heard forcing the musician to sing one of his songs titled, ‘its never been easy’.
The two women are also heard asking the late Daev Zambia to apologize while a man’s voice could be heard telling the ladies in a sarcastic way to stop whipping him.
And when contacted, police spokesperson Esther Katongo said police had taken interest in the matter.
“Yes, we have watched the videos and we have taken interest in the matter,” Mrs Katongo wrote.
A man in KwaMashu, north Sister of Durban has reportedly filed for divorce from his wife of 3 years after the wife said Master KG’s new song Jerusalema is better than Sister Bethina.
The man, only identified as Vusi (32) is believed to have been so infuriated by the sentiments by his wife Nokwanda (21) that he asked her to pack and go. Sister Bethina has always been considered to be the unofficial National Anthem of South Africa.
On the day the marriage crumbled, it is believed Nokwanda was playing Jerusalema on repeat as she practiced some dance moved. At the same time, Vusi became irritated with the constant repetition and asked her (Nokwanda) to change the song and maybe play a Sister Bhetina. An argument ensued after Nokwanda suggested that Jerusalema is better than Sister Bhethina.
The statement did not sit down well with Vusi who demanded Nokwanda to take back her words. Nokwanda refused and at this moment, Vusi is said to have told Nokwanda to vacate their rented mkhukhu and go find another husband who she would respect.
Sister Bethina is an old song that was released many years ago by Mgarimbe. The song was a major hit for years with a dance challenge. Lots of people are still moved by the song to date.
Jerusalema is also a hit song by Master KG feat. Nomcebo; it’s music video has reached over 150 million views and it’s bagged international recognition from huge stars, and also at the top of global song charts.
The old hit song trends on social media, as people are considering reasons why it should be SA anthem and vice versa for Jerusalema.
Vusi’s neighbors who witnessed the sad occurrence however said Vusi probably had other reasons to divorce his wife and the Jerusalema Sister Bethina issue was just an excuse.
“I do not believe he really divorced her because of that. He has other issues. He was just looking for an excuse ”
The Nyau King, Tay Grin, has reacted to his appointment as the London Political
Summit (LPS) and Awards Ambassador 2020.
The London Political Summit and Awards has appointed the celebrated Malawian
superstar as an ambassador for the 2020 summit, representing Malawi and the
entire Southern Africa (SADC).
The conferment of this award is planned to take place in London during the 5th
Anniversary of the Summit’s existence.
Addressed as H.E. Limbani Kalilani (his real name), the Nyau King’s appointment
is made in full recognition of his immense contribution to the causes of youth
emancipation for social change for the enhancement of democratic leadership, and
to the role of music and culture in social transformation in Malawi.
“We are convinced that you would be a great role-model and an inspiration to
many young people in Malawi and across Southern Africa. We earnestly hope for
your acceptance of this award and look forward to working with you, as our
Ambassador of hope for young leaders in Southern Africa region,” reads part of
the appointment letter addressed to the Nyau King by Dr. Josephine Ojiambo,
Former Deputy Secretary General Commonwealth, Rotary International
Representative to UNICEF and the United Nations office in Nairobi and Global
ambassador for the LPS.
Accepting the appointment, Tay Grin, who is also a politician, Musician,
humanitarian and Entrepreneur, says, “For the London Political Summit to have
me as an Ambassador representing Malawi and the SADC is something huge. It’s
not only a great honor for me, but for the entertainment industry, the Youth of
Malawi and the youth of SADC.
“I commit to continue championing the course and space for the youth in politics,
arts and business in Malawi and Africa through this appointment, my music,
businesses and humanitarian initiatives. These are values that are dear to my heart.
“I am aware that this latest appointment comes after the same institution awarded
me the “Emerging Young Politician Award last year 2019. I don’t take both
recognitions for granted.
“Having access to that platform is really a big thing because I will have access to
very influential people from different industries across the globe. I want to
maximize on all these avenues. Having access to investors, politicians and
musicians at a top level in different countries will help me bring about
development to Malawi by helping the government achieve some of its goals.”
He adds: “Let me also take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the
decision taken by the new administration to recognize arts at the Presidential level
by creating an advisory office in Arts and for appointing an experienced and
proven artist; Hon. Lucius Banda to be the first holder of that office. Hon. Lucius
Banda has been there and an experienced challenges art face in Malawi and knows
where to start.
“I call upon all artists in Malawi to work with the Presidential advisory office on
Arts for the betterment of arts in Malawi. The President has created the opportunity
for us and on behalf of all the youth and creative in the country, I say thank you
Your Excellency. Let us all embrace and make use of it regardless of political
H. E Nyau King Limbani Peter Kalilani
LPS Ambassador 2020
Just about a week after sponsoring award winning Afro R’n’B artist, Kell Kay’s studio live session, Standard Bank is championing it’s own motto by showing other corporate institutions that with proper support, the Arts Industry can flourish but that “I Can Be” if only we all hold our hands.
The artist is set to record Standard Bank’s theme song “It Can Be” on Saturday, September 12, and will later on shoot the video to the song of which is scheduled to be released on Monday, September 14th.
This project is more than just a Kell Kay, Standard Bank project as it is also employing the services of the music producers, sound engineers, videography crew, models, marketers and many others. This has been done in order to empower every other level of man power present in the creation of art that is loved by the public.
This project is step in the right direction for the Arts Industry as it will serve as a pathway for other institutions to follow and help in empowering the many youths in Arts who’ll in turn employ themselves and others, fostering economic growth in the country.
BRAVO STANDARD BANK!!!!!
By Kelvin ‘Repro’ Mtambo
Who Is GrisVer?
A young man born & raised in Lilongwe, Malawi. GrisVer is a music producer & sound engineer, with an internationally competitive specialty in making Electronic Dance Music (EDM).
GrisVer draws his influences from artists such as Avicii, Skrillex, Daft Punk and Zedd.
I have released a lot music, featuring some of Malawi’s top emerging talents such as Dark Shadow, Eril, Luzio & Mungo.
‘Play Time’, an EP released earlier in 2020 was my approach to travel back in time to my childhood, with a lot of references to my personal interests such as an anime called ‘Dragonball’.
I featured a Canadian singer/song-writer named Xtina Jewel on the lead single titled ‘You’, which debuted in first place of Zonse Malawi’s Weekly chart, in June 2020.
What inspired the ‘Funk Your Feelings’ EP?
After expressing my experimental side with my previous EP, I asked almost everyone I could a set of questions on what they liked & disliked about my project, I demanded unfiltered honesty from all participants, some who I didn’t even know personally. With the feedback , I was geared to develop an even better EP to highlight my more ‘Musical’ touch to my production, as I primarily focused on technique prior.
With a love for instruments, I can play guitar and keyboard, and have always wanted to express these instruments in my music. This EP took me out of my comfort zone, as almost all the songs sound like they are being played by a live band which is in contrast to the extremely digital and electronic sounding character that many know my music for.
What is ‘Funk Your Feelings’ About?
When organizing the EP, I wanted it to feel like a fancy ball-room event. Hence why, I titled the opening track ‘Before We Begin’. This signifies an audience arriving at the venue and socializing over drinks before the performances begin. So Ideally, the listener is the 3rd person seeing this event unfold, like a movie of some sort. Once Luzio starts singing later on in the song, the string quartet stops (as the audience is now settled), and Luzio takes over, while singing and performing ‘Can’t Get Enough’ on the piano.
You can literally sing the entire song’s lyrics from the beginning to the end.
This EP aims at exploring the sound and culture of the Disco/funk era of the 1980s. I listened to old songs from acts such as DAZZ BAND, The Whispers, Grandmaster Flash and Mark Morrison. I took a full week listening to only this music, as well as reading up and watching documentaries about that era in general. All these experiences created a foundation for me to find my feet creatively in this new direction to sound I had taken.
80’s disco majorly explores themes such as heart breaks, love and lust. I expressed just that in the EP, bringing in international talents such as Binco and Liam Leon to help convey the emotion in terms of vocals, as well as another singer/songwriter who will be later revealed as she is part of the bonus track that shall be released shortly after the EP.
When will the EP Be Released?
The EP comes out on Saturday, Septemter 12th. The EP will be available on all major streaming platforms and will also be released for FREE DOWNLOAD to the masses, as a means of thanking everyone that supported my previous project and during my promotional content run.
Following me on my various social media platforms will keep you in the loop with all the details, as well some cool giveaways and music videos planned for the near future.
In-house media on the 7th September premiered “Hide and Seek” riddim medley.
After the radio premiere on MBC radio 2’s Made on Monday, the medley is available for radio play.
“The medley is available especially with reggae dancehall DJs across the country. After two weeks of radio promotion, the album will be released for sale so that people can appreciate and support the talents through buying,” In-house founder and owner BlackJak narrates.
“Hide and Seek” riddim features 17 artists including Blakjak, Nes Nes, Saint, Provoice, Jay Jay cee, Ting Ah leak, K one, Blackafella, Mad spark, Fyah bwoy, Nique Bangin from Jamaica, Black seed (UK), Dattaz and many more.
All the 17 songs were mixed and mastered by Fyah Bwoy, the In-house media producer.
Inhouse media opened its doors in January 2020.
Inhouse media provides conducive environment for artists to explore their creativity.
BlackJak says, “In the near future, the plan is to have an empire and manage artists fully depending on Finances.”
Currently, the firm provides free recording sessions and helps in creating material for artists.
Sometimes you actually need to do the opposite of what people expect you to do.
Emojayne a young talented artist from machinjiri aged 20, is hailed to be one of the greatest upcomingfemale artist.
Who was featured in ndatopa by emmanuel mw and joe santiagp.
I began singing when i was seven years old, mostly at church, people had to appreciate the gift of music but i was afraid to showcase my talent because i was into secular music not gospel. Till my friend convinced me to go record a song at the studio. Which evententually turned out great and loved tittled zammalingaliro.
I realized i shouldnt keep my talent all by myself and forget what people will say, in my freetime i love being in the studio, so far i have produced 2 singles tittled memories and house arrest. I’m really looking forward to a great future and more music.
wongan gerrard mvula , known professionally as wongie balada, is a malawian singer and songwriter. wonderful givens of record label “spremmund entertainment” discovered him in 2019. His genre of music is that of Afro pop and R&B. He was born on 10 October 1999 in mzimba district but currently based in mzuzu, Malawi. He is currently 21 years old.