Robert Chiwamba, tread carefully at Q’s launch

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A month ago, it did not go well between me and Malawi’s Robert Chiwamba after criticizing the content of his controversial ‘Takana Mathanyula’ (We Say No To Homosexuality) piece. Let me admit that I regret some of the words I used in my responding article. But I maintain the message to be as it was intended: The poem was below standards, and content-wise, it was filled with wrong information.

Robert Chiwamba

Chiwamba warned

Chiwamba has established himself as a popular poet in Malawi. He is part of the generation of performers who have left experts and observers wondering, if what they are doing can indeed be referred to as poetry. The intention for some of them is to make the audience laugh and the reciting with the paper in hand has greatly killed the art in it. The paper has created a barrier between them and the audience. These are some of challenges the sudden rise of poetry in Malawi is facing.

It must be appreciated that Chiwamba is a hard worker in what he does. In the last two years, the amount of work coming from him can tell a story that whenever he has time he makes sure poetry gets a good share of it. But his work leaves a lot to be desired. His latest ‘Takana Mathanyula’ is problematic. Unlike him, Q Malewezi, the man who has invited him to his next performance on April 2, 2016 at the Bingu International Conference Center for his album’s launch, has established himself as one of finest poets we have in Malawi. In fact, he should be credited for waking up this side of art in Malawi. With people like Gospel Kazako, Innocent Kaneneni and Wokomaatani Malunga seemingly no longer main acts on the scene they once dominated, the young has to come in and fill the space. Q and Chiwamba are the examples of the hope we have.

But Chiwamba, this is not a personal attack. It is an innocent advice from a person who would like to see poetry growing big in Malawi. The Q launch is a big avenue for you. Count yourself lucky that you are part of the elite, as far as the launch is concerned. Rise up to the show and avoid the mediocrity of the ‘Takana Mathanyula’ level. I understand the backing you received from the public on the piece was strong and flattering. But do not get carried away by it. Art is meant to be ‘higher’ than the ‘Takana Mathanyula’ message. The event will involve people from all walks of life, and more, people who have had the privilege of understanding the homosexual debate in a deeper sense than the ones who backed you. I even suspect some homosexuals will be in the audience. The temptation will be that “I have to say the truth no matter what.” But that is not the occasion to do that. Deliver something classic to the people and not using the occasion to stamp your beliefs and views on them. It will not be a civil event. It will be an artistic one, and it should be treated like that by you. My humble advice is that, unless asked, do not perform ‘Takana Mathanyula’.

*Wonderful Mkhutche is an author, a political scientist and a manuscript editor and developer

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  1. Are you a journalist or an advisor?? Y can’t u just write properly… In ur writing of news ur a taking a side and that is the indication of a bad reporter… Were u not told that at ur school??

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  3. It’s good that the editor of the piece above has stated that this will be a major event, Chiwamba, this is the best setup to address those from the highest offices, tell them bluntly, TAKANA MATHANYULA!

  4. kodi chipulezident chosaopa mulunguchi mchakut?….is he amalawian indeed?…doesn’t he knows tha we malawian…we belv sex is when chakecho meet with changachi?….mpakana munthu kuposedwa..kuganiza?….akapezeka anthu onyazitsa chikhalidwewa…kumangopotora khosi..apo ayi akakhale nawo ku ndata komweko………………TAKANA MATHANyURA……MORE FIRE……..!

  5. takana mathanyura emweyo ili nyatwa…musamuletse munthuyo…nayeso ndi ufulu wake…mesa kodi it all depends on human rights…?…nanga bwanji…akalakatule zimene iye akufuna…ngati mulipo agalu …ayiso koma..ngakhale agalunso ali ndi mzimu…koma kaya ndingati andani kayaaaaaa….coz inever saw galu wa mamuna kugonana ndigalu wamamunanso….mulungu si opusa kupanga ziwiri ziwiri…chachikazi ndi chachimuna….inuyo kunyazitsa mzeru za mwini zonse…..hoooooo……muzingofa ngati mkhuku zachitopa

  6. Mulungu athandize ziko lanthu natipulumuse ku choipachi..amalawi mavuto ena tikuaonawa ndi chifukwa cha nkhani ngati zimenezi..mulungu wakwiya nafe kwambiri. Mulungu analenga Adam ndi Hava nawaika mmunda wa Eden ndipo analanga sodom chifukwa cha uchimo ngati omwewu omwe ena mukumati ndi ufulu wa anthuwu

  7. Mulungu athandize ziko lanthu natipulumuse ku choipachi..amalawi mavuto ena tikuaonawa ndi chifukwa cha nkhani ngati zimenezi..mulungu wakwiya nafe kwambiri. Mulungu analenga Adam ndi Hava nawaika mmunda wa Eden ndipo analanga sodom chifukwa cha uchimo ngati omwewu omwe ena mukumati ndi ufulu wa anthuwu

  8. CHiwamba amatha ndpo ndchkozero chamulungu kt mamuna ndmkazi amange banja osatimathanyra ife takna holy ghost fire kwa aliese olimbksa zimene kaya muksaka chilembwe chavtachi mziwe kt ndinu galu wen weni ndpo mzimu wanu uzalangidwa panthaw yachiwelzo chadzko lino pamaso pa kriste yesu

  9. CHiwamba amatha ndpo ndchkozero chamulungu kt mamuna ndmkazi amange banja osatimathanyra ife takna holy ghost fire kwa aliese olimbksa zimene kaya muksaka chilembwe chavtachi mziwe kt ndinu galu wen weni ndpo mzimu wanu uzalangidwa panthaw yachiwelzo chadzko lino pamaso pa kriste yesu

  10. Tizingothudzula akapezeka coz tikamanga amabwera ascretary aja kuzamasulisa komaso kwapepesa agalu amathunyulawa! Alubino kuphedwa + floods osazapepesa

  11. I cant see anything wrong with his poem as far as criticising homosexuality is concerned ….. Mathanyula amatinyasa ngati makhololo a nkhumba….. Ife tikuti takana mathanyula…..

  12. Tizingothudzula akapezeka coz tikamanga amabwera ascretary aja kuzamasulisa komaso kwapepesa agalu amathunyulawa! Alubino kuphedwa + floods osazapepesa

  13. Mr Mkutche ur opinion z of bing a pro-homosexual..dont pretend that others hv understood better e debate of homosexuality…if one z anti-homosexual let him/her be…if one z pro-homosexual let them be..Chiwamba showed his stand, leave him alone…those who’re to attend e launch whetha they r homosexuals or nt, no 1 z inviting them, they r going their out of their volition.

  14. Mr Mkutche ur opinion z of bing a pro-homosexuals..dont pretend that others hv understood better e debate of homosexuality…if one z anti-homosexual let him/her be…if one z pro-homosexual let them be..Chiwamba showed his stand, leave him alone…those whor to attend e launch whetha they r homosexuals or nt, no 1 z inviting them, they r going out of their volition.

  15. Timanena ife kut curriculum ya ku malawi osachotsa ma humanities like History kut ana adziko lino akhale patriotic osangot ma science lero ndi izi kupanga support zongobwera ndi azangu koma colonialism imakusangalatsan et.Bravo Chiwamba u r true citizen of this country,we need patriotic youth like u Malawi wil be safe.

  16. Iwe ngati ukuti he was wrong iwe nde devil weneweni,, stupit zako.. Ife takana mathanyura and we dont want it,, if yu want it kaphunzitse ana ako zimenezo

  17. Iwe ngati ukuti he was wrong iwe nde devil weneweni,, stupit zako.. Ife takana mathanyura and we dont want it,, if yu want it kaphunzitse ana ako zimenezo

  18. Iwe ngati ukuti he was wrong iwe nde devil weneweni,, stupit zako.. Ife takana mathanyura and we dont want it,, if yu want it kaphunzitse ana ako zimenezo

  19. Wandafu ngati njala kunyumba kwako ungonena chifukwa choti kumalawi kuno ophunzira siwekha alipo ambiri ndiye usatinyanse wamva komanso ndikuwuze kuti dzikoli silako usatiyankhulitse pambali

  20. Wandafu ngati njala kunyumba kwako ungonena chifukwa choti kumalawi kuno ophunzira siwekha alipo ambiri ndiye usatinyanse wamva komanso ndikuwuze kuti dzikoli silako usatiyankhulitse pambali

  21. Wandafu ngati njala kunyumba kwako ungonena chifukwa choti kumalawi kuno ophunzira siwekha alipo ambiri ndiye usatinyanse wamva komanso ndikuwuze kuti dzikoli silako usatiyankhulitse pambali

  22. Pachifukwa ichi timanga
    Akawatulutsa tikamangaso ndipo
    Tikangomva
    Mphekesera kuti atuluka
    Tidikira ku police konko
    Ndikumangaso Fulishi
    Imwe mukuti uri awo
    Wakuti uri ise tikuti
    TAKANA MATHANYURAAAA!!!

  23. Pachifukwa ichi timanga
    Akawatulutsa tikamangaso ndipo
    Tikangomva
    Mphekesera kuti atuluka
    Tidikira ku police konko
    Ndikumangaso Fulishi
    Imwe mukuti uri awo
    Wakuti uri ise tikuti
    TAKANA MATHANYURAAAA!!!

  24. Pachifukwa ichi timanga
    Akawatulutsa tikamangaso ndipo
    Tikangomva
    Mphekesera kuti atuluka
    Tidikira ku police konko
    Ndikumangaso Fulishi
    Imwe mukuti uri awo
    Wakuti uri ise tikuti
    TAKANA MATHANYURAAAA!!!

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  27. So mkhutche, why dont u just start poetry urself, ur the type of people who criticise other peoples proffession and yet uve the slightest idea of how they go about it. Chiwamba analasa pokuwawani.

  28. iwe kaya umati wonderful chanchan osangopanga yako ndakatulo yovomereza mathanyulawo bwanji? imwe mukuti uri awo wakutiuri ise tikuti TAKANA MATHANYURAAA

  29. I will be there and I will go because I want to see him performing ‘takana mathanyula ‘live I want to see his gestures his mood and I just to ululate at the top of my voice . awo wakuti uli imwe mukuti uri ise tikuti takana MATHANYURAAA

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  31. pachifukwa ichi timanga,akawatulusa tikamangatso ndipo tikangomva mpheketsera kuti atuluka tikadikira kupolisi nkonko ndikumangaso
    fulish,takana mathanyula imwe mukuti uli awo wakuti uli?

  32. the poem is superb.we know mathanyula is satanic! whether one earns money by promoting it will never make it right.it is from the pit of hell.proponents of gay and lesbian so called rights are not ignorant! they what they seek to achieve and why! among others, they seek to place man above God thereby creating a godless society.they seek to destroy the institution of marriage! watch out! the devil only comes to kill, steal and destroy.

  33. Chigololo chapamataku. Munthulumi ndi munthulumi. Chiuta zanu luwi muzilangi chalu ichi. Wanthu waning Chiuta

  34. It all depends on whose interests one wants to serve. You correctly said that he received massive support from conservative malawians. The question is what is it these Malawians want to conserve? Poetry is about expressiob and one can use it to air their beliefs and teach. You support it and just like me he doesnt. He is like Mugabe seeing the acts as worse off than those by dogs. Even rats dont do that. Obsessions should not detroy morals.

  35. Robert chiwamba here has got two options, he either has to go by his belief about homosexuality that’s its wrong which will certainly earn him massive support from the conservative Malawians or he has to sell out to the liberals and flow with the politicaly correct like the writer of this article. But I believe in situations like this, being yourself is the best thing one can do. Now, about my views on the LGBT, I don’t have anything against them, they can do whatever they want as long as it doesn’t affect the supply of food on my table