By Harold Kapindu
2017 has been an eventful year. It may sounds like a cliché but truth be told, the year was awesome to some and awful to many established and up and coming artists in various fields. This year saw established artists struggling for a comeback, rookies failing to take off while others had their breakthrough.
Musically, Zathu Band was the dominant rookies of the year. Apart from the radio drama, Zathu released hit singles such as "Zimatele Zimatele", "Sitigonja" and "Panga Zako" which dominated on local airwaves.
On the other hand, the Ghetto King Kong, Fredokiss had a successful year having released "Dear Jah Jah" and registered record breaking crowds at his free concerts in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. He also became a brand ambassador for NBS Bank. This was also a year which saw Fredokiss winning his first award at Nyasa Music Awards and later at UMP Awards.
Speaking of awards, despite Mzuzu Fashion Awards and Malawi Hip Hop Awards being postponed to 2018, 2017 was blessed with the inaugural Nyasa Music Awards, M Theatre's Malawi Movie Awards and the annual Urban Music Peoples (UMP) media and music Awards.
In 2017, everybody had a fair share of entertainment and with the return of Africa Fashion Festival, Mzuzu Fashion Week and Fashion and Glam, fashionistas had all the reasons to celebrate and appreciate creativity from local and international designers. In particular, Africa Fashion and arts festival attracted over 20 local and international designers who paraded at Latitude Hotel in Lilongwe.
Music festivals also returned with the exception of Lake of Stars which will return in 2018. This year's festivals and concerts saw local artists sharing the stage with international acts such as Awilo Longomba, Mafikizolo, Jah Pryazah, Sho Baraka, Mag 44, Sipho Makhabane, Da TRUTH, Lilly Million among others.
Malawi's music export Gemini Major won his first South Africa Hip Hop Award for Best Producer, comedian Daliso Chaponda continued to make headlines on international stages while actor Eugene Khumbanyiwa had a leading role in Neill Blomkamp's "Rakka" movie.
Lest we forget, Kufewa Acrobatics also created online buzz with their "Town Monger" movie trailer which went viral on social media. They were also featured on international mainstream media houses such as VOA and Al Jazeera.
Nonetheless, beef is inevitable in showbiz. Saint versus Jay Jay Cee was probably the most publicized beef in 2017. On a positive note, the beef was quickly squashed and the two are in good books again.
2017 was a great year, let's keep the fire burning and move forward in 2018.
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