Dec 16, 2017 Last Updated 8:35 AM, Dec 15, 2017

Fans of local artist, Gwamba, should expect a bang as the award winning gospel rapper plans to release a 2018 welcome hit dubbed Mbama on New Year’s Day.

Despite not divulging much information about the song in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), Gwamba only said that Kell Kay, Krazie G, Charisma and Malinga Mafia are some of the artists engaged in the project of composing the track.

“It’s supposed to be a surprise to my fans, so I can’t give out the concept now because people won’t be eager to listen to it anymore.

I decided to release it on New Year’s Day because I would like to kick – off 2018 with a bang,” said Gwamba whose real name is Duncan Zgambo.

The hip hop cum gospel artist said the song produced by DJ Sley under Major Records will be released alongside a music video which is currently under shooting.

Gwamba, famous for his single Better, recently walked home with three Urban Music People (UMP) awards namely; Best Gospel Artist, Best Album of the Year and Best Collabo for the Mr. Yesu hit song.

The animated Disney and Pixar hit “Coco” ruled at the North American box offices for a second week, figures out Sunday showed, beating out superheroes, dramas and Christmas comedies.

The film tells the story of a 12-year-old Mexican, Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), who longs to become a musician but faces a generations-old family ban on music. It netted an estimated $26 million for the three-day weekend and $109 million(R357.21 million) since it opened over the Thanksgiving Holiday Exhibitor Relations said.

"Coco," which takes Miguel into the magical Land of the Dead, where trickster Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) helps him unravel a deep family secret, received a rare A+ rating from audiences surveyed by CinemaScore. 

In second place again this weekend was Warner Bros. film "Justice League," with a three-day take of $16.6 million in its third week out. The superhero all-star cast of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, and Jason Momoa -- Khal Drogo of "Game of Thrones" -- as Aquaman joining to fend off supervillain Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds).

Third, also in its third week out, was Lionsgate's feel-good film "Wonder," which netted $12.5 million over the weekend. The movie, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, tells the story of a fifth-grade boy with a facial deformity who must deal with other children's shock and bullying when he first attends a mainstream school.

"Thor: Ragnarok," from Disney-owned Marvel, claimed fourth place with $9.7 million. The film features the self-effacing humour of Chris Hemsworth as the powerful Norse god and Cate Blanchett as death goddess Hela. "Thor" has netted $291.4 million since its debut five weeks ago.

In fifth place was the Christmas comedy "Daddy's Home 2" from Paramount, netting $4.5 million over the weekend. It stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as the less-than-competent co-parents of Wahlberg's kids as they cope with their own visiting fathers (John Lithgow and Mel Gibson). The movie has netted $88 million since its debut four weeks ago.

None of the week's newly released movies cracked the top 10 list.

Rounding out the list were:

"Murder on the Orient Express" ($6.7 million)

"Lady Bird" ($4.54 million)

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" ($4.53 million)

"The Star" ($4 million)

"A Bad Moms Christmas" ($3.48 million).

It might have scored top of the North American box office, but "Justice League" didn't have the super opening weekend predicted, falling short of expectations with takings of $96- million (R1.34-billion), according to industry estimates released Sunday.

With an all-star cast including Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, "Justice League" -- based on the DC Comics superheroes team -- sees a mash-up of classic characters fend off the threat of supervillain Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds).

The big-budget Warner Bros production -- which fared better internationally, taking $185-million  -- was forecast to earn $110-million in North American cinemas, according to Variety.

Writing on Twitter, industry analyst Exhibitor Relations -- which released the estimates -- said "Justice League" "may be the first film to debut w/ $96M that feels like a major disappointment."

In at second -- earning $27.1-million -- was Lionsgate's newly released "Wonder," according to the box office tracker.

Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, "Wonder" follows the journey of August Pullman, a young boy with facial deformities, as he enters the fifth grade at a mainstream school for the first time.

After thundering to the top spot last week, "Thor: Ragnarok" slipped into third place in its third weekend in cinemas, taking $21.8-million.

Featuring the self-mocking humour of Chris Hemsworth as the powerful Norse god alongside Cate Blanchett as Hela, goddess of death, "Thor" has raked in an impressive $247.4-million since its release in North American cinemas.

Paramount's "Daddy's Home 2" halved its earnings from last weekend, dropping to fourth place with $14.8-million.

The festive comedy stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as Brad and Dusty, who join forces to give their kids the perfect holiday -- an effort challenged when their own fathers show up.

In at fifth was Fox's "Murder on the Orient Express," earning $13.8-million.

The fourth television or cinema adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic detective novel, the murder mystery was directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars as part of an A-list cast including Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Judi Dench.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

"The Star" ($10-million)

"A Bad Moms Christmas" ($6.9-million)

"Lady Bird" ($2.5-million)

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" ($1.1-million)

"Jigsaw" ($1.1-million)

Music artists of various genres were at the weekend awarded for the entertainment they’ve served their fans this year.

The awards which took place in Lilongwe were full glitz, glamour and of course music.

Here is the full list of the winners:

  1. Producer of the year - BFB
  2. Video Director of the Year - SUKEZ
  3. Artist of the Year - Fredokiss
  4. Album of the year - Jusus My Boss (Gwamba)
  5. Best Song of the Year - Apse Mtima (Macelba)
  6. Music video of the Year - Gwetsa - Nathan Tunez & Hazel 
  7. Best Rap/Hip Hop Artist - Fredokiss
  8. Best SADC Act - Cassper Nyovest
  9. Best Female Act - Sangie.
  10. Best RnB Artist - Kell Kay
  11. Best New Artist - Waxy K
  12. Best Gospel Artist - Gwamba.
  13. Best Band - Mizu Band.
  14. Best Reggae/Dancehall Act - Malinga Mafia. #Malinga2deMafia
  15. Best Collaboration - Mr. Yesu : Kell Kay x Gwamba.
  16. Best Duo/Group - Bossaro Music Group
  17. Best Live Act - Fredokiss



The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA), held in London on Sunday evening, honoured the 19-year-old Canadian singer Shawn Mendes with both the Best Artist and Best Song prizes.

In a first for the EMAs -- created in 1994 -- categories were stripped of gender in a bid to "break barriers".

Here is the list of the winners of the 24th edition of MTV EMA:

Best artist: Shawn Mendes

Best song: "There's Nothing Holdin’ Me Back" by Shawn Mendes

Best video: "Humble" by Kendrick Lamar

Best pop artist: Camila Cabello

Best electronic artist: David Guetta

Best rock artist: Coldplay

Best hip hop artist: Eminem

Best alternative artist: 30 Seconds To Mars

Best live artist: Ed Sheeran

Best new artist: Dua Lipa

Best look: Zayn Malik

Biggest fans: Shawn Mendes

Best push artist: Hailee Steinfeld

Best world stage: The Chainsmokers

Global Icon: U2.

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