Public broadcaster accused of blacklisting
Malawian musician Lucius Banda claims to have been banned by public broadcaster, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, reports Nation Online
“My songs have been banned on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation and I am being dragged to court after all that I did for Bingu [wa Mutharika],” says Malawian musician Lucius Banda in an interview with Nation Online. Bingu wa Mutharika is the president of Malawi.
The state broadcaster parries away the allegation that it has banned his music. Spokesperson Edith Tsirizani says: “Music on MBC is demand driven. If his songs are not being played it means no one is requesting it. It could also mean he is losing popularity and he should not blame MBC for that.”
An article by Isaac Masingati in Nation Online describes how Lucius Banda’s music career opened up for a political career as well. Back in 1993, he had a major hit in Malawi with the song ‘Mabala’, and his political career started to take off at the peak of his music career, when Lucius was overwhelmingly voted Nation Publication’s “Man of the Year in 1997”.
Nation Publications / Nation Online – 9 April 2006:
‘Lucius feels betrayed’