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I WANT TO WIN AWARDS SOMEDAY - WELEE
Each week we bring you some of the fasting rising upcoming artists making trends in the music industry. And this week we had WeLee an upcoming, talented and an interesting artist. We had a very short but interesting interview with him and here is how it was.
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WELCOME TO THE SPOTLIGHT...WOULD YOU PLEASE TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF?

Well my name is WeLee and I'm an artist...I started doing music because my friend (who is also my current producer) has a studio. One Christmas eve we were hanging out and didn't have anything to do and decided to try and see if i will be good at recording then boom we liked the results.

WHAT A WAY TO START SINGING...SO BESIDE MUSIC WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?

Besides music I'm also a good pencil artist, good fifa player and also an entrepreneur.

THAT'S INTERESTING...WHAT CAN YOU ADVISE YOUR FELLOW ARTIST OUT THERE?

To my fellow artist all i can say is.... stay true to yourself, be yourself dont try to be somebody or copy somebody's style know your sound and hardwork pays.

POWERFUL ADVICE...SO WHAT IS YOUR VISION AS AN ARTIST?

As an artist my vision is to accomplish things beyond my limit, get nominated and maybe win an award someday.

THAT'S A GOOD ONE...FINALLY DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA ON HOW THE MUSIC INDUSTRY CAN CHANGE IN MALAWI?

For music to improve in Malawi we need serious promoters and companies that can handle distribution of music for artists effectively, that can help alot on how far the music can go. If that happens trust me we will be alright.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING US TO CHAT WITH YOU

It's my pleasure 😊😊
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This is how we chilled with WeLee we hope you have learnt a thing or more.Till next week God bless you.
Staff reporter
15 Mar 2021

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MEET PROMC THE VOCALIST
This week on the SPOTLIGHT we brought you yet another interesting fast rising upcoming artist who goes by the name of PROMC THE VOCALIST. We had a very nice chat with him and here is how it was.

WELCOME ON THE SPOTLIGHT PROMC...BRIEFLY TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF

Promise Justin Mbalu is my name and PROMC THE VOCALIST Is my stage name. I am a RnB gospel artist who started nusic way back in our church choir. My is Dad is a pastor and used to be a choir master because of that it was easy for me to join our church choir and got used to singing. In secondary school i was part of a music group called One Heart Squad in which we were the three of us but after Secondary school the group dissolved. Since then i started pursuing my own solo career to now.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I want to use music to bring back the lost to God and I love music, dancing and Worshipping God.

APART FROM MUSIC WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?

Apart from music I do school. I am currently doing Mechanical engineering (General fitting) at Lilongwe technical college.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO YOUR FELLOW MUSICIANS?

When doing music you have to do whatever it takes you to seize opportunities and work on developing your talents. Music is an art, so be ready to create something new.

WHAT IS YOUR VISION AS AN ARTIST?

My vision is to see people coming back to God and to start loving Him and let Him guide their souls through my music.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?

The music industry can and will only change and improve when established artists start to work hand in hand with the upcoming musicians. What I am trying to say is that they have to reduce the amount of the collaboration fee to easy for upcoming artist to work with them.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME PROMC

My pleasure. And thank you for allowing me to feature on the SPOTLIGHT.
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That's how we chatted with PROMC THE VOCALIST please do follow him on social media through the following social media handles;

Facebook: Lonjezo Justin Mbalu

Twitter : Promc the vocalist and

Email address : mbalujpromc@gmail.com
Staff reporter
08 Mar 2021

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I USE TO MIMICK FOREIGN RAPPERS
It is always a joy to introduce you some of the talented upcoming artists we have in Malawi. Raw talent that is not usually covered on the hyped social media platforms. This week we are covering STOMINEM yet another fast rising rapper who happens to be the winner of the 2020 MASO Awards best upcoming artists (secular ). We recently had a chat with him and here is how it went.

WELCOME TO THE SPOTLIGHT ON MALAWI SOUNDS. TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR SELF?

Well...my name is Comfort Kaitane, 17 years old. I come from Ntcheu but currently resides in Lilongwe. I
started singing and rapping at a tender age. To be exact I use to mimick to songs by foreign rappers. later realised I could create my own music.
After Primary School, In Form 2 while at St.Johns to be precise, I started rapping in private...my friends used to overhear and after sometime people noticed and I later became one of influential rappers on the campus.
After I was done my MSCE I dropped an E.P titled To Whom It May Concern which I gained wide spread popularity. The EP more than 15,000 downloads. In 2020 I got the Malawi Sounds Online Awards best upcoming artist(secular). This year be on the lookout more fire is coming Up🔥🔥

WHAT ARE THE THREE THINGS THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?
1️⃣I am a second year computer engineering student at University of Livingstonia.

2️⃣ I am the third born in the family of four.

3️⃣ I like humour.I am a comedy fan.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO APART FROM MUSIC?

Apart from doing music I am also a programmer, web developer and graphic designer. I also enjoy doing manual work.

NICE...WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO FELLOW ARTISTS?

My advice is stay positive, nothing is good enough as thinking positive. Thoughts become things, stay positive.

STAY POSITIVE!!...WHAT IS YOUR VISION AS AN ARTIST?

If anything goes according to plan, I see myself very successful in my music career as far as receiving several BET nominations and Awards. I would like to put Malawi on the Map so that people may not despise us anymore... We have talent under our Houses but I choose to fly our taste in music all the way to the USA. We have it too here nd I will promote it.

THANK YOU SO MUCH STOMINEM. IT WAS NICE TALKING TO YOU.

Thank you for the opportunity to be on the SPOTLIGHT.
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That's how our chat with STOMINEM was like. I hope you now know him more and have learnt something. You can download his latest track Zone which he featured checkmate by clicking the link below:

https://malawisounds.com/448-Zone-by-Stominem-ft.-Checkmate-Mike

#KeepITmalawiSounds
Staff reporter
01 Mar 2021

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I USE TO SING OUTSIDE THE HOUSE TWO HOURS NON-STOP WHEN I WAS YOUNG
ON THE SPOTLIGHT LIGHT this week we had another dazzling fast rising star who goes by the name of Jowie 😃.

I hope you will find the interview we had with her very interesting.
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HI JO...NICE HAVING YOU ON THE SPOTLIGHT. TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF?

My name is Jowie, I am a music minister started singing at a very young age in primary school and that desire to sing grow more until I was in secondary School where l joined Scom and l was in the worship team back then l never really had a good voice but l had a heart of worship , l remember l would be outside my parents house and just sing for 2 hours straight. l believed that was the time the holy Spirit was grooming me to be the person l am today . I used to sing in church only until 2019 when released my first single titled unconditional love and from then till now l have released 4 songs .

INTERESTING...WHAT ARE THE THREE THINGS PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?

Three things people don't know about me is that...

1. I am young aged 19😃

2. I also write spoken word in short i am also a spoken word minister.

3. I love inspiring my fellow young people with the word of God.

NICE....APART FROM MUSIC WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?

Apart from music l also do school, I am a second year student at Malawi college of accountancy studying Marketing and public relations , I write music and I do spoken word.

SO WHAT WILL BE YOUR ADVICE TO FELLOW MUSIC ARTISTS?

My advice to fellow artists is that believe in God and believe in Themselves. They can do anything and become anything in life , there is something great in them. They should discover your their purpose in life and fulfill it nothing is more satisfying than that .

THAT SOUNDS LIKE A SERMONI MUST SAY😃...TELL AS MORE ABOUT YOUR VISION?

My vision is to reach out to the world with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ through music to make a difference and impact the world with what God has impacted me with .

AWESOME...WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON OUR LOCAL MUSIC INDUSTRY ?

My opinion on how the music industry can improve in malawi is by empowering our artist in malawi not to depend on other people but to mount up to a place where they can help other people to fulfill their dreams. Many artist in malawi have grown to depend on things or someone but the artist should be trained to be a platform where he can also provide a platform to other people .

FINALLY HOW CAN PEOPLE GET INTOUCH WITH YOU?

If you would like to get intouch with me please follow on follow me og Facebook and Instagram.My social media handles are as follows on
Facebook- JowieOfficial
Instagram - Jowie 769

Thank you.
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The question that most prople oftenly ask is that, who will fill in the gaps of legendary artists like Ethel Kamwendo when they are gone? Recently we have seen young artists like Miracle Chinga tempting to fill in the shoes of her mother Grace Chinga who was a renown Gospel legend. Truth be told it is not easy to do so but if we can nurture and develop upcoming artists like Jowie, Martina chie Matalinah, Alle and Nara Music to mention just a few we can easily have a new breed of legendary artists.

Thank you so much for read this. Let's meet again next week.
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To get featured on the spotlight please contact: 0997857030
www.malawisounds.com
Malawi Sounds Staff Reporter
22 Feb 2021

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THEY USE TO CALL ME CELINE DION
We are so excited to bring you Martina On the spotlight this week. We know many of you have been wanting to know about her and some have never heard about this rising star that's why we thought of featuring her.😃😃.

Here is how our interview with her was.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR MUSIC BACKGROUND?

I started singing in 2020 (April) and I took my first step as an artist by recording a gospel song called Miracle ways later.

Before I ventured into music I already use to love music and would make noise in the house to the point that my family members nicknamed "Celine Dion"😂😂

I had a my late big brother who was so passionate about music. It was like music was giving him life. His passion for music is what motivated me to take this path. My big brother amazed on how he still loved music upto the day he went to glory.

After losing him music and God were the only things that removed me from the state of depression which is why I decided to become a Gospel artist and wrote my first song "Miracle ways" which enjoyed massive airplays in different radio Stations and the feedback was quite good. Initially I was supposed to retire just after I recorded that song but because of people's feedback I got motivated to go full time as an artist and so far I have recorded three song the other two songs were called "savior" and "Linga" which was released recently.

WHAT ARE THE THREE THINGS PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?

1. I value relationships more than anything. I do not let my ego get in the way.

2. I don't give up on my dreams or anything that I believe in just because I once failed, I believe that failure teaches success and there is no successful man that has made it in life without struggle.

3. I love eating no matter how stressed I am I never skip food😂😂. It doesn't in which mood I am, I only skip my meals when am fasting.

WHAT ELSE DO I DO APART FROM MUSIC

Apart from being an artist I am a student at the Polytechnic doing Business Management and am also I entrepreneur I believe in hustling and being independent. I am the type that hates begging and prefer keeping my self busy.

WHAT IS YOUR VISION AS AN ARTIST

I want to draw people closer to God through my music, what to be the type of artist that is outstanding. My music should be something people will still listen to in three or more years to come not something they would listen to once and eventually dump it. I also want to grow as an artist as I keep learning every day and I want to become a better version of me each day .

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?

I believe that all arts are equally important, so my opinion is that it would be best if people that sponsor football and the like also paid attention to the music industry there are so many talented and capable people out there who are not able to become artists because they can not afford a studio session or money to promote their songs for them to be heard.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO FELLOW ARTISTS?

I believe that every artist is not just an ordinary person being able to write a song on their own and sing it.... its not a joke which is why they should not underestimate themselves and doubt their potential just because they think someone is better than them. We're all unique in our own ways and they should always become the better version of themselves without copying from other artists.
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In an industry that is dominated by Males it is quite challenging for females artists to break the ice. However recently we have seen a new wave of female artists trail brazing and one of those female artist is Martina. Support her by downloading her songs on this site.
Malawi Sounds Staff Reporter
16 Feb 2021

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AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL MBENDERA; GOSPEL MUSIC ARTIST AND ALSO AN ENGINEER
Malawi is blessed with so much talent. They are alot of upcoming artists in the country with a promising future.One of such an artist is the Gospel upcoming artist called Michael Mbendera. Recently we had an interview with him to get to know who is and what he does, here is how it was.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF?

I am Mike Mbendera a Gospel Music artist based in Lilongwe Malawi.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR MUSIC BACKGROUND ?

I grew up in a musical environment. My father had a band called Zion Ambassadors in the late 90's which Had Nero, Late Joseph Tembo, Uncle Lai, Peter Asibu and others. Their music had a huge influence as I grew up. On my mother's side the Kaundas were well acquainted with music too. I mostly spent my most of my time serving in church where I learned alot about ministering through music from the likes of Pastor Mtegha, Wambali Mkandawire and many others.

WHAT ARE THREE THINGS PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

1. I like kids alot, I learn alot from them in my free time. A big fan of initiatives like Yohane Foundation
2. like learning new things.
3. I am bass guitarist.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO APART FROM MUSIC?

I'm a Civil engineer. I am into this field because i would like to help my nation develop in the infrastructural arena.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVISE TO ARTISTS?

The journey of self realisation never ends, just let God unfold who you really are and you shall never regret. You are unique and work on the things that make you different, the things that God gave you.

WHAT IS YOU VISION AS AN ARTIST?

My vision is to Carry Jesus' banner all over the world while bringing a unique taste (in the ears of the listeners) that is authentic and original.

I'm looking forward to seeing God work through everything He gave me, for Him alone not me.

WHAT YOU OPINION ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IN MALAWI?

To me the musical industry is a tool to spread the gospel. It has it's flaws yes but it works. It is however difficult to break the ice for many upcoming artists. This makes many to give up. A good way is to make platforms for such so they can easily be helped. I like that Malawi sounds is already doing the needful.
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This is how we chatted with Michael Mbendera this week. Support him by downloading his latest song "mwa yesu" which is readily available on this site.
Staff Reporter
08 Feb 2021

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AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. DREW; GOSPEL MUSIC ARTIST AND A MEDICAL DOCTOR
This week on the spotlight we had the celebrated gospel artist Dr. Drew. He is based in Blantyre the commercial city of Malawi. Below is the interview we had with him.

WHO IS DR. DREW?

I am Dr. Drew a Gospel musician. I know many you know me from songs like Ndi ambuye, wabadwa and always there.

Alot of people dont know that I am actually a Medical Doctor and last year I was one of the front health worker in the fight against covid-19.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR MUSIC BACKGROUND?

I started my music journey with Third Heaven, a trio which I formed when I was 18. The other members were Shyreen Kalulu and Melody Msonkho. I then joined Faith Mussa's Mdidi Band as a piano player, and later on I joined a group called EV Worship, while also serving in the Praise and Worship team at church.

WHAT ARE THE THREE THINGS MANY PEOPLE DONT KNOW ABOUT?

1. I have been offering free music (guitar and piano) lessons to friends and family for many years.

2. In 2020, I had my first ever performance at the Blantyre Baptist Church Youth fest.

3. I have been greatly influenced by the following music acts...Israel Houghton, Fred Hammond, Tye Tribbett, Faith Mussa, Sam Mjura Mkandawire and Wambali Mkandawire.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO APART FROM MUSIC?

I'm a medical doctor by profession, and last year I served on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic.

ANY ADVICCE TO FELLOW ARTISTS?

My advice to fellow artists is that they should take their time to polish up their music before releasing it, so that they may give out their best.

WHAT IS YOUR VISION AS AN ARTIST?

My vision is to create Christ-centric music; to provide a platform where people encounter God through music.

TELL IS MORE ABOUT YOUR NEW SONG "ALWAYS THERE"?

I wrote this song Always there with my producer AB Malinga as a way of encouraging someone who may have had a bad year in 2020. Last year was a difficult year for everybody, but there were those who suffered greater losses than others. And as we have now entered 2021, God's promise to to his children is that through the fire and the rain He will be there. He will never forsake them. There will be greater challenges than those of next year, but God will be a present help.

WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO YOUR FANS?

This year I plan to release more music singles plus videos, God willing. And I'm currently in the final stages of recording my debut album, so there is so much more to look forward to.
I would like to thank all my fans for the support which they gave me last year in the middle of a raging pandemic.Thank you!
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Dr. Drew has what ever it takes to take Malawi Gospel music to another level if given enough support. You can follow him on facebook "Dr. Drew Sings" and on Instagram.
Staff reporter
31 Jan 2021

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ARTISTS TEAM UP IN THE COVID-19 AWARENESS CAMPAIGN CALLED OSAPHWEKETSA
Musicians Hyphen, Barry One, Saint and Ritaa have teamed up, partaking in a task known as Osaphweketsa in the fight against Covid-19 which continues to claim lots of lives globally.

The project has seen the production of an audio produced by Tricky Beatz and Pro-Pee, with the video shot and edited by Ben Bei.Pro-Pee, who has been in the creative industry for a long time and has worked with a number of artists, said yesterday that they thought of looking into all the angles, hence the introduction of a song as well as its series.

“We have planned to have three seasons but, because of the demand that we are getting, we have decided to extend it. At the moment we will be releasing one episode at a time,” Pro-Pee, real name Percy Manyozo said.

He said the first episode was expected to come out Wednesday.
“We are operating without funding at the moment. We are looking for free television slots because they have to be followed with a television programme in which we have to be explaining and letting the general public know about the dangers of Covid-19. This is a campaign. We believe the general public can believe that there is indeed Covid-19 through this campaign,” Pro-Pee said.

He said using some of the well-known musicians, who are public figures will spread the message further.
“This is why we choose to work with these musicians. We are working on this project because we love the general public and our fans,” Pro-Pee said.

Saint of the ‘Delilah’ fame said they were happy to be involved in a campaign that is for a good cause.
“This is all about awareness for Covid-19. It is a song but, on top of that, we are also acting what is in the song. It is actually different from how we shoot music videos. The acting is what is happening in the song,” he said.

He said, at the moment, they have not found the right platforms to be putting the material. “We are still looking for partnership but, for now, we will utilise the social media, other websites and then try to partner television stations such as Times,” Saint said.
Sam Banda(Times)
18 Jan 2021

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LEGENDARY MUSICIAN LUCIUS BANDA CALLS ON ARTISTS TO STRIVE FOR QUALITY AND CREATIVITY
Musician Soldier Lucius Banda has called on fellow musicians to strive for quality, saying times have changed and competition is stiff.

Lucius, who is also Presidential Adviser on Youth and Arts, said quality is the only way musicians can win people’s hearts.

“The creative industry has been affected greatly by the Covid-19 pandemic and now we need to find solutions on how we can survive. People are no longer buying CDs and there are also restrictions of not more than 100 people. So the key word should be quality to make it,” he said.

Lucius, who is one of the successful musicians in the country and has more than 15 albums, said quality will always draw people to one’s work.

“If there is quality in your work then you are assured of support and this is what musicians and artists need to put more effort in. Gone are the days when we were only looking at quantity,” he said.

Lucius said, with the pandemic, which has brought restrictions to gatherings, “quality will be key in attracting people to your shows”.

“If we are to hold shows with a smaller number then you will also need to raise the entry fee but people will only accept that high fee when there is quality in your work,” he said.

He described 2020 as a wasted year when artists failed to succeed in their projects.

“This is just a year for us to thank God for keeping us safe and we are hoping that things will be normal next year. One of the sectors that has been affected greatly by the pandemic is creative industry; unfortunately, we are not supported fully,” Lucius said.

He said many musicians and artists have had to adjust and look at other ways of making money to earn a living.

Lucius also said that it was time for the industry to embrace technology.

“We need to move fast and be at par with the world as far as technology is concerned. Where we are now, selling music has now turned online and shows and we have seen artists holding online shows. But this is not easy, we need the ground to be levelled and then we also need support from the government and the corporate world,” he said.

His two shows on Friday and Sunday will see him sharing the stage with his brother Sir Paul, Chisomo Golombe, Nepman, Janta, Saint, Sam Smack, Eli Njuchi, Mr Friday and his son Mr Zembani.
Sam Banda (The Times)
02 Jan 2021

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RASHLEY COMES BACK AGAIN WITH A NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Malawian Afro/R&B artist, Rashley, has released his new music video, “Norah”.

The new song, “Norah” talks about a romantic relationship between two people; how the guy was able to realize their unique love for his girl after she left and how the guy is trying to win back the love and trust from the girl.

The video was shot by VJ Ken while the song was produced by Red Disc, Gaffar and Masclan Records.

Born Happy Jumbe, Rashley is gradually picking his way into the music scene. From early days of being in the church choir, Rashley had always known, that he had a talent for singing and was sure that one day he will make it in the spotlight.

Previously released songs include “Bodza”, “Zomwe Ndimaganiza”, “Chiletso” and “Ndilibe Chonena” gave Rashley a pedestal, officially introducing him as an artist on the Malawian music scene.

Rashley’s latest release, “Ndidzasangalala” elevated his music career, giving him the recognition he solely deserved. The song received positive and overwhelming response from fans and the public, having trending on social media for weeks, circling the top radio charts and serving as a hit song at weddings and events. Since over time, Rashley has grown to becoming a popular independent artist, and constantly keeping as one name to look out for on the urban scene.
Augustine Mukisi
26 Dec 2020

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