Stand up for poet Robert Chiwamba


Robert Chiwamba, who is now based in Karonga, is arguably the poet of the moment.

His poems continue to enjoy airplay in many poetry programmes on some local radio stations and people continue to request for his poems.

Some quarters have, however, faulted him for putting too many jokes in his poems which they feel is not poetry.


But he has defended himself saying he has his own style of poetry and that some people have said his poems are good.

After releasing his debut album titled Chanco Mu Nthawi Yanga which has 31 poems, Chiwamba is back launching his second album titled Kwa Mayi Chiwamba which has 33 poems.

The journey to the launch starts this Sunday at Chrichi Gardens in Chitawira, Blantyre.


“I am ready I will not say much but I just want people to come and see what I have in store for them,” said Chiwamba soon after performing at the just-ended Sunbird Sand Music Festival.

He said that now that he is based in the Northern Region, he will make sure he learns Tumbuka and Nkhonde and then start stitching poems in Tumbuka and Nkhonde.

The launch of his album comes barely three weeks after fellow poet Sylvester Kalizang’oma made history by launching his first DVD.

“I released my debut album Chanco Mu Nthawi Yanga in 2012 and so after three years I am back with a second album,” said Chiwamba.

His debut album had poems focusing more on life at University of Malawi – Chancellor College-but now he has graduated.

Chiwamba’s second album has more poems which are focusing on Mother Malawi and day to day life.

Some of the popular poems that sparked in his debut album include “Mudzafa Imfa Yowawa”, “Kwainu Mahope Anga Ndilira” and “Adzaima Penapake”.

And now the poems in his second album have already started gaining ground and they include “Pampanda”, “Ma l emuwa Api t a ndi Ndalama Zanga”, “BP Yanga Yakwera”, “Takumana pano ndi pa Msika” and “Kukhala Mmalawindi kulimba Mtima.”

“The album is dedicated to my mum for her love and care on me and my siblings, thus the title Kwa Mayi Chiwamba. It has stories on everyday life experiences,” he said.

The 25-year-old poet adds:

“The message is from God to his people, from the poor to non-governmental organisations and government, from an ordinary person to another”.

The album was recorded at Audio Clinic Studios in Blantyre by Uncle Layi and veteran Marvin Hanke.

Chiwamba said the CDs for the album would be sold for the first time during the Blantyre launch.

Other artists set to spice up the launch in Blantyre include veteran musician Giddes Chalamanda, The Chichiri Dancing Troupe as well as poets Mada Nyambo, Raphael Sitima, Sylvester Kalizang’oma and presidential mimickers Mr. Malawi and Atcheya.

After unveiling the album in Blantyre, Chiwamba will then move to Lilongwe, to launch the album at Capital City Motel next week Sunday.

In Lilongwe, musician Lulu will join Mtendere Dancing Troupe, Mada Nyambo, Josephy Madzedze, Hudson Chamasowa, Mr Malawi and Aunt Geti, among others.

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