Veteran and modern DJs and musicians will share the stage at Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Radio 2 FM’s 19th anniversary celebration at Club Mustang Sally in Blantyre tomorrow.
Radio 2FM was opened as the first Modulated Frequency (FM) radio on July 17 1997 by former president Bakili Muluzi, and since 2005, the station has actively been using music to celebrate its birth.
One of the organisers of the event, Ephraim Nyirenda—popularly known as DJ E—said the event underscores the role the station plays in promoting local music in the country.
“The celebrations are significant to the country’s entertainment industry because they highlight the role of radio DJs in promoting local music. You know, there is no DJ without music and vice-versa,” he said.
Music performances during the event will be by Tay Grin, Dan-Lu, Theo Thomson, Diktator, Blaze, Saint and Eddie. Both veteran and new DJs will also spin music from the turntables.
DJs on the line-up are Francis Kapiri (Kapri DJ), Vincent Khonyongwa (Easy V), Felix Pachani (Feli Boy), E, Joy Nathu, Mike Chilimampunga (Mike C), Juliet Royo and James Gumbwa.
“The idea is to connect fans and artists with their Radio 2FM personalities and chart the way forward on how they can drive the local music industry,” added Nyirenda.
He said for the past 19 years, Radio 2FM has introduced several music programmes seeking to uplift the local entertainment industry.
He cited Born and Bread, Made On Monday, Malawi Music Panorama, Kuimba Ku Malawi, Malawi Top 20 and Top 40 as some of the programmes that seek to promote local music and entertainment culture.
One of those to perform at the event, Saint, said the country’s media houses, including Radio 2FM, play a significant role in unearthing and promoting local talent and the entertainment industry.