In a series of tweets, South African musician confirmed that his contract with Reebok expired and the deal was a Sh*tty deal ashe did not get any cent out of it.
“They refused to give me any sort of payment or royalty. Can you believe I never got any cent of of this?” –AKA tweeted after being questioned by Fans.
At the end of last year A.K.A was told that Reebok wouldn’t be renewing the contract because “the brand” wasn’t about the Reebok “classic” direction anymore .They were now geared towards selling gym clothes to women predominantly.
AKA further stated that the only benefit he got was to fulfil his dream of having his own sneaker one day but otherwise there was no monetary benefit. MWAZIMVELA!
Luv C whose Real name is ‘Chikondi luv christ chisale’ was born on 24th June in Lilongwe the capital city of Malawi. He was orphaned at a young age and grew up with his brothers in struggling neighborhoods such as biwi,area 22 chipasula, Chitedze mtsiliza and mtandile.
Before he initiated his music career in 2015, he was undergoing school at African Bible College(ABC)where he was studying mass media and communications. However he faced various struggles mainly was monetary where he did not enough to survive and go through school at the same time and he decided to test out various businesses including becoming a security guard at ABC campus. Luv C says he reached to the point of working as security guard because he had no means at all to generate income for his survival. As of current he is pursuing an executive MBA with Eastern and Southern African Management Institute and is working as an administrator for E-3 worldwide.
Straight after graduating from ABC he set out to establish a career in music. He became a recording artist in 2015, he calls himself Rapper and Sing-Jay because of the versatility he came up with in his sound as he fuses Rap with Afro beats. As of date Luv C has no album but he has a number of singles he has released throughout his musical journey with numerous collaborations including Nesnes, Sangie, Physix, Tida Case and Provoice. On the other hand has also worked with various notable producers including DJ Sley (Chit –Chat records), Daredevilz (low budget beats), Janta (SU records), tricky Beats and His very own producer Cuff B Jimz of Big vision entertainment.
In 2016 he took a break from music due to personal reasons and came back on the the music scene of the 1st of March 2018 however with a different approach compared to his then music and a complete change of direction for his music. With a new direction of projecting Christian content more than anything and promoting justice and fairness. After changing paths, he has worked with artists like Kelvin Sings and Janta and has expressed that the singles he has released will be part of his debut upcoming album titled G.I.S.T (God in the Street). Besides being an artist he is also a social activist, entrepreneur and above everything a believer of the cross.
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Dorothy Shonga is a go getter. She is the type of Woman that never backs down. The type that falls but always comes back on her feet stronger than before. What started as a joke is now a very big movement as “Dorothy Shonga” has taken over the Malawi Cyber with her brand ‘CashMadam”.
She is talk of the town. Two trending topics in Malawui at present are “COVID-19” and “CASHMADAM”. Recently, the business lady got hold of all Malawian top music artists into a “Coronavirus awareness” theme song which has given her a really big buzz across the urban sectors. With the impact she is making both in entertainment, and business fields, Cash madamme is the new trend everyone is looking up to in this generation.
[NEWS] NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER SAYS BATTLE AGAINST THE SPREAD OF CORONA VIRUS HAS BEEN WON AS SCHOOLS REOPEN
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday claimed
New Zealand had scored a significant victory against the spread of the coronavirus, as the country began a phased exit from lockdown.
“There is no widespread, undetected community transmission in New Zealand,” Ardern declared. “We have won that battle.”
After nearly five weeks at the maximum Level Four restrictions with only essential services operating the country will move to Level Three late on Monday.
That will allow some businesses, takeaway food outlets and schools to reopen.
But Ardern warned there was no certainty about when all transmission can be eliminated, allowing a return to normal life.
Everyone wants to “bring back the social contact that we all miss”, she said, “but to do it confidently we need to move slowly and we need to move cautiously.”
“I will not risk the gains we’ve made in the health of New Zealanders. So if we need to remain at Level Three, we will.”
The easing of restrictions came as New Zealand, a nation of five million people, reported only one new case of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 1,122 with 19 deaths.
By: Tendai Malata
Born Sheila Mkhumba Hemingway, Malaikah is a Malawian singer, businesswoman, and lawyer based in the United Kingdom. Malaikah has been recognized for embracing various musical styles and delineate different cultural lifestyles throughout her music.
Born in Malawi, Malaikah emigrated to Zimbabwe in 1996 where she lived for 9 years and left for UK in 2005. In 2007, Malaikah enrolled in law class and finished with an LLB Honours Degree in 2010. Later after graduating, Malaikah ventured into business and spent more time with her small family. She is a happily married woman with 4 children and also the founder of a charity organization called The Angels Across Africa.
Music has always been a passion for Malaikah. After her school days, Malaikah started to do music at her free time. For the love of her enthusiasm in music, her husband aided her build a recording studio and registered her business in the name of PANASH Ltd, a music entertainment company comprised of 2 live rooms, a photo studio, an office, a large reception area and a discotheque room.
The coming of PANASH, which is an abbreviation for Peter, Angelina, Nancy, Anna, Sheila, broadened her knowledge about the music industry as she did not rush to establish herself as an artist but rather took lessons in learning music as a business and artists management. It is in 2017 that Malaikah recorded her first song for commercial release and when her career as a musician heaved in sight.
Throughout the past 2 years, Malaikah has released 5 songs under her record label. Her first releases were premiered on BBC Introducing and the reception among music listeners across England was wondrously phenomenal. Multiple articles from all parts of the world disseminated and gained her massive recognition across UK and Africa.
A common saying states that ‘home is where the heart is’. Malaikah’s overstay in other countries and among mixed cultures hasn’t changed or transformed her patriotism over mother Malawi. Her music partly constitutes a Malawian touch and two of her songs were composed with a smidgen Chichewa in them. Malaikah describes her music as always positive and tackles relatable topics such as love and romance.
Malaikah’s other passion has always been to be connected to her native culture. Since her come up, she has successfully performed in Malawi only twice. In March 2019, she performed at the Celebrate Africa Concert (which she founded) and in October that same year, she performed alongside Janta during his ‘Mwezi watha Tour’ in Zomba and Lilongwe.
Malaikah describes the experience as pretty amazing as she is grateful how welcome she felt at home. Since it was her first time to be introduced to the local scene, the response was fair. Malaikah had an opportunity to collaborate with Janta before she left for UK but looks forward to work with more local artists in near future.
Malaikah looks forward to interact more with her Malawian fans to explore more of what they love. Despite the social distance, Malaikah embraces social media as a tool to be connected with fans, friends and family back home and promises to do more vernacular songs.
Recently on her birthday this year, Malaikah released a beautiful song called ‘Forever Love You’ which is already enjoying massive airplay across the UK and Africa. The song talks about a telepathic affair and how happy the lady is to be in love.
Out of the Blue, she has become topic in Malawi urban entertainment circles. Dorothy Shonga, CEO of DC Branding is the new talk of the town after sponsoring Malawi urban music artists in a new Coronavirus awareness campaign.
As part of her company’s Corporate Social Responsibility, the woman in topic went ahead to bring Malawi Urban music Giants including ‘Tay Grin, Kell Kay, Janta, Macelba, Suffix, etc” on a Coronavirus awareness song. Within 12 hours upon release, the song, and its music video has gained overwhelming feedback and reached hundreds of thousands online.
In an interview with Dorothy Shonga concerning the project, she said, “I believe fighting this new Pandemic is not just about providing medical care but begins with communicating on ways to prevent the spread of this virus. Using artists to communicate about Covid-19 is one of the strategies to make such communication more effective and efficient as artists have loyal fans who are always influenced by their music”.
Dorothy further mentioned that her interest for Malawian urban arts keeps growing with time and her company has set aside a strategy to strictly boost urban entertainment
2020 Brighter Days Campaign: UPRIGHT, led by Ghanian/Malawian Afro-pop artist Desert Eagle with team collaborators, Malawian Hip Hop artist Lady Pace and Canadian business woman Patti DeSante has two primary objectives;
to resource several communities capacity to more easily meet COVID-19 health recommendations and potential lockdown, and
to connect Canada and Malawi in mutual aid during the next couple of months.
Stage 1 of the campaign went into affect early last week. Upon hearing that the country was going into lockdown on April 18, Patti and Lady Pace, both of whom are in British Columbia, Canada currently, started making and selling designer masks made with bright African fabrics, wire rim and hepa filter pockets to support Malawians during lockdown.
On Friday, April 17th 100% of the proceeds from mask sales were distributed evenly between the rural and city initiatives.
As leader and organiser in Malawi, Desert Eagle is actively acquiring the essential resources that he will then distribute within his home community in Blantyre on Monday April 20th. In addition to this initiative, the team reached out to Cape Maclear Child Protection Services and engaged their leader, Mr.Matawere to help resource six rural community’s capacity to cope with the current pandemic.
Stage 2 of the Campaign will commence mid next week. UPRIGHT is all about connecting Canada and Malawi in mutual aid not charity during COVID 19 and beyond.
We are all familiar with the charity model and power differentials that see cash as the only strength exchange. Mutual aid projects are a form of participation in which people take responsibility for caring for one another by sharing their unique strength. They act to build new social relations that contribute to each other’s well-being.
The team has plans to engage Malawian’s experience of dealing with COVID-19 through creative expressive arts. Desert and Lady Pace have set up 2 social media platforms where their fans and others can share their strengths in art, humour, music, poems, and stories with Canadians. It is hoped that this exchange will expand Canadian’s capacity to live with a more open and yes joyful mind-state in times of extended uncertainty.
In spite of living in one of the poorest countries in the world financially, facing more uncertainties on a daily basis let alone the addition of a pandemic factor, that most Canadians can’t even begin to imagine, Malawians are steadfast, peaceful, generous, kind and joyful..yes joyful. This is indeed their power and may well be the strength that is required more than anything else as this planet and its inhabitants go through a world restructuring. A restructuring that is long overdue.
Who knows what will manifest and how Canadians will learn and how they can contribute to Malawi’s well-being?
We hope to forge a new country to country relationship that goes beyond the usual perception and dynamics of charity and is based on sharing strength to strength.
Emmanuel Kamanga also know as Emmzi is a Malawian artist based in Ireland. He is a rising AfroSwing & Dancehall artist who began his music journey in 2012 but started gaining recognition in year 2017 through his then single ‘Whine’, he says the single received great reviews in Ireland and has because of that has been gaining bookings including one of Ireland’s biggest festival ‘Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’. He has worked with a number of internationally recognized producers including Paul Hauss of No Gimmicks from Germany.
Recently, this Dancehall fast rising star released a single titled Roses and is gaining love in Malawi’s local online and offline streams. In an interview With Emmzi, he said “i am proud to carry the Malawian Flag in Ireland, and would like to collaborate with ProVoice, Sangie, and Saint on the local scene and Kranium, Popcaan , Dexta daps & BYoung internationally“. Emmzi’s music has a catchy and authentic vibe to it and has shown a lot of versatility throughout his recent releases. His voice is definitely one to listen out for.
PHYZIX ‘GAMBA SEASON’ EP HITS THE CORPORATE WORLD:- MALAWIANS PRAISE PUBLIC FIGURES AND COMPANY CEOS FOR SUPPORTING URBAN ARTS
Currently Malawi’s hottest hiphop artist, ‘Phyzix’ has released a project that has attracted both general public, and corporate bodies. Company CEOs and many public figures have stormed in to support not only Phyzix, but urban music in General. Within 48 hours, Phyzix’s new EP ‘GAMBA SEASON’ has managed to make over 1 million kwacha in sales.
Putting aside the general public that have bought the Ep at a minimum of MK1000 , some high profile individuals including company CEOs have bought “GAMBA SEASON” EP at as high as K100,000. On his facebook wall, Phyzix went ahead to thank the following
1) Senior Lawyer, ‘Noel Chalamanda’ for buying the EP at K100,000
2) EPIC GROUP CEO, ‘Yollam Kawanga’ for buying the EP at K100,000
3) Music Artist, ‘Fredokiss’ for buying the EP at K100,000
4) Galaxy group of Companies CEO, ‘Tarang Makhecha” for buying the EP at K121,000
5) Music legend, Tapps Bandawe, for buying the Ep at K50,000
6) Musician, Gwamba, for buying the Ep at K50,000
7)Sky Energy Africa CEO and Forbes Africa 30 under 30 2019 list maker, ‘Schizzo Thomson”, for buying the Ep at K150,000
8) and many other public figures including Suffix, Pemphero Mphande, Toast, etc
Live animals are stll for sale in Chinese food markets that reopened after the country recently declared victory over coronavirus.
Cages full of cats and dogs waiting for slaughter and the unsanitary preparation of animals is again reportedly a common sight in Chinese food markets, often called wet-markets, according to in-country correspondents with the Daily Mail.
China ordered that its wet-markets be shut down in January, after facts emerged suggesting that coronavirus was first transmitted to humans via bats and other live animals sold in the often filthy places of commerce, according to Business Insider. However, now that China says it’s beaten the virus, the markets seem to have resumed business as usual.
“The markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus,” said a Daily Mail correspondent who observed the markets re-opening Dongguan. “The only difference is that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures which would never have happened before.”
Another correspondent in Guilin, a city in southwest China, photographed a sign advertising bats, snakes, spiders, lizards and scorpions for sale as remedies for common illnesses.
Images have also begun to circulate on social media of traditional Chinese foods considered odd by Western standards for sale in the newly reopened wet markets. CNBC host Jim Cramer tweeted out a video of live scorpions for sale.
Chinese food market circa now pic.twitter.com/oWE7pHf9yQ
— Jim Cramer (@jimcramer) February 24, 2020