Patani Mwase’s ‘The Divorce’ here


Veteran actor and playwright Frank Patani Mwase’s death on January 15 last year was a heavy blow to the creative industry, with many creatives describing his death as a cultural tragedy.

But despite his death, memories of his works are still fresh and one of the plays he crafted, The Divorce will be staged tomorrow night at Blantyre Sports Club (BSC).

The production, to feature some of the actors that worked with Patani Mwase including Jeremiah Mwaungulu, is part of the activities lined up to celebrate the legend, who died of Covid.


“The actors are ready to show what Frank Patani Mwase was made of. This is a chance for the current generation to sample one of the productions he wrote.

“So we will start with a church service at St Columba CCAP in the morning and thereafter another event at Misesa, where he was buried, before the activities at BSC,” spokesperson of the event Emmanuel Maliro said yesterday.

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife Michael Usi is expected to be the guest of honour at the event, which is also happening on Chilembwe Day.


Apart from the play, activities at BSC will also feature poetry by legendary poet Benedicto Wokoma-atani Malunga and music performance from ethno-musician Waliko Makhala, a long-time friend of Patani Mwase.

Makhala, alongside Patani Mwase and theatre maestro Du Chisiza Jr, partnered to form Wakhumbata Ensemble Theatre.

Mwase, a two-time Entertainer of the Year winner, who came from Nkhata Bay District, was born on January 29 1968.

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