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MOST PROMINENT URBAN MUSIC RADIO PRESENTERS/DJs IN MALAWI

1. Late Philip Mwala Moyo – The first Radio Presenter/DJ to play a Malawi urban song on MBC radio 1 in the 1980s when MBC was the only broadcaster.

2. Tailosi ‘Tai B Bakili’ – He introduced the first reggae dancehall radio show on MBC Radio 2. The show produced renowned reggae dancehall legends such as Annie Matumbi, late Vic Marley, Mad Character Crew, Teargas, Buggle Tanx, Dr Lizard, Moshy Dee

3. Dr Gywnz AKA The Herbalist – He introduced the first Hip Hop show called “The Hip Hop Drill” in Malawi. The show was aired on FM 101 Power from 22:00 – Midnight. The Hip Hop Drill produced Hip Hop greats such as Real Elements, Mo EFX (Barry One, TruDocssy, Vi Tee), Baby Jinx, Chat Rock aka Dynamic, Bantu Kamrades, KRT, Black Squad among others.

4. Kenny Klips – He started as a cohost, hosting FM 101 Power’s “Hip Hop Drill” alongside Dr Gwynz. He later took over the show before moving to Joy Radio where he introduced another Hip Hip show called “The Tunnel”. Klips also known as Shawishe pioneered the urban music movement in Malawi. His song, “Ntofu” featuring Desert Eagle and Goodson Gomonda is one of Malawi’s greatest urban songs of all time.

5. Petros Kubwalo – MBC Radio 2 Presenter. He introduced the first Hip Hop radio show called “Rap Attack” on MBC Radio 2.

6. DJ Lomwe – He also hosted the “Hip Hop Drill” on FM 101 Power. He also cohosted “Da Bomb Squad” radio show alongside DJ Chronic, Naphtali.

7. Nicole Masauli – She hosted the now defunct “Hip Hop Against AIDS” on Capital FM Radio. In partnership with Voice Of America (VOA), the show hosted a Hip Hop competition which saw the then Polytechnic university student, Prolific emerging the winner.

8. Joy Nathu and Ephraim Nyirenda – Probably Malawi’s best radio duo, Joy Nathu and Ephraim Nyirenda hosted one of the most popular radio shows in mid 2000s. Joy Nathu moved on and launched “Made on Monday” which is arguably the hottest urban music show at the moment.

9. DJ Chris – Introduced “Gowelo Beats” radio show on FM 101 Power. The show gave a spotlight on the likes of Young Luv, Renegade, Pilgrim, Don Dadas Alliance and DreamSounds records team.

10. Late Kennedy Nkombezi – Introduced and hosted “Mingoli” on Capital Radio. He played a role when most radio stations shunned Malawi urban music.

11. James Gumbwa – He currently hosts “Born and Bred” on MBC Radio 2. The show was cofounded and previously cohosted by David Kapezi. 12. Mphatso ‘Mr President’ Chikalipo – Former FM 101 Power’s “Gowelo Beats” presenter. He now hosts ‘M-Dubsville” on MIJ Radio.

13. Spyda da Ryda – He championed the establishment of urban youth related programs when he was Head of Programs at Star Radio, now Timveni Radio. He currently hosts “Malawi Reggae Dancehall Circuit” on Joy Radio.

14. Madalitso ‘DJ Krystal’ Kapalamula – Also known as the “Radio Rasta”, DJ Krystal is one of the most underrated radio personalities in Malawi. He has promoted and has been a Malawi reggae dancehall die hard fan since day one.

15. Matilda – She currently hosts the “Friday Lounge” on Timveni Radio. She was nominated as Best Female Radio Presenter at the 2017 Nyasa Music Awards.

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Harold Kapindu

Harold Kapindu is an award winning online arts and entertainment journalist based in Lilongwe, Malawi. He has previously worked with Malawi News Agency and Timveni Child and Youth Organization. Contact malawianrapbattle@gmail.com

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