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Key Facts About The Digital Music Industry In Malawi

The traditional music business model in Malawi has shifted dramatically in a number of ways since the introduction of recorded music in the last century. The sweeping changes in music consumption brought on by technological evolution, like in all parts of the world, has been the biggest driving force in how recorded music is consumed in this digital age.

The journey from Vinyl to mp3, print media, radio & TV to web platforms and Social media has altered the way people connect to, and discover music. Success in the new music business, whether you’re are an aspiring performer, songwriter, manager, promoter, record label, studio owner or music entrepreneur, hinges on how you adapt your hustle to the truths of the digital music business.

How many times have you heard the following statement about the music business?

The music industry is dying and there’s no money in music!

Allow me to share an insider truth regarding this topic, there is no one way to succeed in this game in the same way that there is more than one way to skin a cat or loot from government funds for that matter.

Here are some interesting facts about the recorded music business in Malawi as it stands today:

  • Physical album sales have long been on the decline prompting major distributors like O.G Issa to move out of the business
  • Though radio and TV is still important for breaking and supporting superstar artists, the monopoly they previously held over music delivery has come under serious challenges and threats in the new digital business model with a stronger connection with music lovers via Social Media platforms. (Remember when MBC was the only way to see new music videos?)
  • Digital music consumption is the biggest form of music consumption surpassing CD’s, Cassette Tapes, and live shows.
  • Music licensing and synchronizing for TV is a growing viable business

Despite the many industry changes, music is still a rich and complex symbolic, social, and political product that can captivate audiences, providing cathartic and embodied experiences, grounding identities and communities.


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RIP Faith Chibale

RIP Faith Chibale

RIP Faith Chibale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would like to condole the family and friends of Faith Chibale as well as the whole nation of Malawi on the passing of the former Miss Malawi, and Malawi News Model of The Year.

Faith Chibale was the reigning Miss Malawi from 2010 to 2011 a year after she had won the Malawi News Model of The Year 2009. She had taken over the Miss Malawi crown from Ellah Kabambe. Faith Chibale was an avid Malawian music fan and showed support to the home industry wherever she could. She was laid to rest today at Manjawira, Ntcheu today.

Rest in peace “Cutepie”. Gone but not forgotten.

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Happy Martyr’s Day

Happy Martyr’s Day! Hope you enjoy the holiday as we celebrate our National heroes on this 3rd day of March. This is a special year as the nation of Malawi turns 50 in July 2014. Let us all reflect how far we’ve come and how much further we need to go as a people and a nation to make sure our dreams and aspirations  are fulfilled.

We salute all those who have given their all and sacrificed their lives for our country’s sake in order to move us forward.

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Sister Fire

Catching up with Sister Fire aka Chemwalimoto

Highflying radio and TV journalist, Sister Fire had the world at her feet. A recognizable and respected member of the community, she beamed her inner convictions and moral principles across the FM airwaves from Limbe and on TV screens across the entire continent. As a presenter and host at POWER FM 101, she defined Malawi’s freedom generation, who took full advantage of freedom of speech in the post Kamuzu Banda democratic era. As an attractive face on M Net’s Studio 53, she took the world along with her to some of Africa’s choicest secrets and sources of pride. In September 2007, she was on such a mission, which in addition was of great personal significance.

Chiozo, Sister Fire, Monica

Chiozo, Sister Fire, Monica

It was the Ethiopian New Millennium and the whole world was present in Addis Ababa. The Tosh and Marley clans represented just a fraction of reggae royalty from all over the globe. Ethiopians resident outside of their home country returned for the mammoth celebrations. On a rest day, when the film crew where relaxing, Sister Fire decided to spend the day by herself walking around Haile Selassi’s capital. As a Rastafarian, she felt at home as she passed by the Palace gates to her father’s house. So when she later slipped and hurt her foot, she did not think much of what seemed like a minor inconvenience. She kept on walking, unaware of the long term damage she had initiated.

At the time of writing, she is making regular use of a wheelchair, although, the total paralysis of recent times has disappeared. Just months ago, she checked out of a Johannesburg hospital where she had undergone vigorous and relentless physio-therapy. More radiant than ever, her face and voice belie the turmoil and anguish that has come to define her daily life.
Travelling between Chirimba and Limbe, she faithfully goes about serving her community. If ever proof of her commitment to socio-economic issues was needed, this is it. Refusing to be on the receiving end of pity, she bravely fights back and overcomes personal obstacles in order to serve. As in the days of glamour and celebrity, she is an instant magnet to all who come near her as she floors people with her witty and sharp sense of humor. An air of regal authority almost forms an aura, as the look in her eyes confirm that she has been to hell and back. Working away diligently in obscurity and pain she fights a noble battle.

Tilitonse Children’s Rehabilitation Centre. Based in Dunduzu road, it is in the vicinity of her old work place. The physical distance is short, but the journey between the two places for Sister Fire has been epic. In 2010 hopes of accompanying fellow Rastafarian philanthropist Chiozo on an 18000 kilometer walk from “Cape Town To Cairo were crushed as the minor injury from Addis Ababa began to manifest its different complications. A period of darkness descended upon her life, as she was also burdened with caring for her sick father who was advanced in age. Her father eventually succumbed to a third and fatal stroke, and Sister Fire lost her true soul companion. The trauma left her paralyzed and all treatment in Malawi was abandoned in favor of South Africa. On her return to Malawi she continued the physio therapy regime that was started in Johannesburg. Discussions between herself and Monica her physiotherapist led to the establishment of Tilitonse.

The centre takes into account all the aspects that confront the victims of cerebral palsy in its many variations. As families and careers also are indirect victims, consideration of their needs and duties is also emphasized.
The dream is to offer training, space and a platform for holistic and comprehensive treatment. A meticulous perfectionist in all that she does, Sister Fire is keen to stress that what is visible is only the beginning. Hoping to get support from all her former contacts she eagerly awaits answers to requests she has put out. But this is not radio. This is not glamorous. This not as attractive. So for now she appears to be waiting in vain. However if her previous radio presentations and the dedicated fans she won are anything to go by, Malawi can expect that the talk of the past will become the burning issues and actions of the future with the inextinguishable Sister Fire setting consciences ablaze.

Contact
Tili Tonse childrens rehabilitation centre
P O box 51394 Limbe.
Cell: 0888357655 / 0999145920
0999342354/0996608901
Email : kastigumonica@yahoo.com

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