Artist Profile: Kupa

Kupa is a Pop and RNB artist from Lilongwe in Malawi. Her full name is Chiphokwelo Catherine Chiumya. Kupa uses her music to tell stories and bases her music on her experiences and daily life. She thrust onto the scene this year (2017) with her first single ‘Cinnamon’ which has received positive reviews for its souful touch on the pop genre. The song was produced by Eril and Its Friday, and is an anthem for every great event. Kupa is a songwriter and versatile singer who speaks for a generation…

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Theo Thompson describes his music journey frustrating, educational and pioneering

When he rose to fame with early hits like So Amazing, Stutter and May Be This May Be Love, very few Malawians believed he was on his way to showcase his talent on the global music scene. In 2013, Theo Thompson released an Afropop track Awake which he claimed was a dedication to his long time friend who was suffering from cancer. Ron CZ did the video and it was the first ever Malawian music video to be beamed on Viacom’s MTV Base Africa. Considering advice from critics that his…

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The Ugly Side of Sizzling Collabos

When musicians team up to make a song, they are considering opportunity to use each other’s unique fan base to their advantage. Collabos really work magic if they are well composed. In the United States, record producer Khaled Muhammad Khaled alias DJ Khaled has over the years gotten rich through well planned and timed collabos. Hit singles like ‘Hold You Down’, ‘Gold Slugs’ and 2011 record ‘Am on One’ he featured Drake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross went platinum is just few days after its release. When they say a song…

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Gemini Major’s decision to leave Cassper Nyovest’s Family Tree Records was a grave mistake, here’s why

Malawian-born South Africa based rapper and record producer Gemini Major has been basking in Family Tree’s glory for some time. Family Tree is a record label owned by South Africa’s successful rapper Cassper Nyovest. Major was signed with the label barely two years ago. In March 2017, rumors started surfacing on social media that the youngster had formulated his own record label Rudebouy Major in association with Da L.E.S’ Fresh 2 Def. To set the record straight, Gemini Major’s public relations team released a statement: ‘It has been a great…

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Is Christian Rap Really Christian?

Christian contemporary music happens to be probably the most controversial music genres of all. Some critics argue artistes in the genre only waste their time for hip hop cannot be good medium for spreading the Word of God. Others counter argue with a view that any music genre can fit well to spread the gospel. Those of this view reason that for the Holy Scripture to reach almost all inhabitants of the planet, each genre- be it rock, RnB, pop, jazz, etc. – should have its own Christian singer-songwriters and/or…

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Nyasa Music Awards 2017: Tay Grin Shines Again

When they started talking about the awards, Malawians as usual did not trust the organizers. ‘Just another bunch of jokers and noise makers,’ they thought. To blame countrymen of always doubting new innovations could be unfair sometimes. Some innovators have brought inventions that did not stand the taste of time. Awards for instance, there came Music Union of Malawi Awards (MUMAs) that were organized by Music Union of Malawi and two little known consultancy firms. This was earlier in the decade. MUMAs awarder accolades to not-so-deserving industry players, critics argued.…

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Too much inequality in the local music industry, laments Tuno

One may think female musicians make it easily in the trade. But that’s an opinion so contrary to reality on the ground. Malawi Heat sent Tuno, real name TunosiweMwakalinga, a questionnaire on Monday 27 March, 2017. The publication wanted to have an insider view on what it takes to make it as a female artiste in the country. Her response contained a lot of mind-blowing truths Malawians wouldn’t expect. The upcoming RnB diva first describes her journey in just two words: interesting and amazing. “I’ve gotten to discover myself as…

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Jazz Artist “ERNEST IKWANGA” Live At BICC

By Timothy Ntilosanje Multi-album Afrocentric Jazz recording artist, Ernest Ikwanga, will be performing at BICC in Amphitheatre on Saturday May 6. Doors will open at 6:00pm. Ernest Ikwanga has established himself as one of the true “positive leaders and motivational musicians” as far as Afrocentric music is concerned in Malawi. His incredible upbeat attitude and positive energy combine to make him one of the most sought after performers in the business today both within and outside the country. With guitar his main instrument, Ernest often tours the country with the…

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