||The Department of Fine and Performing Arts is actively engaged with teaching, research, consultancies and outreach. The following is the list of Teaching Staff in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Further information for each Staff Member can be found by following their links.
| ||Dr. Mufunanji Magalasi (PhD. (Mlw/UWE-Bris), MA (Dramatic Art), Drama & Film (Hon) Wits)|
Associate Proffesor in Drama & Development Media
Assoc. Prof. Drama & Development Media
2. Qualifications: PhD. (Mlw/UWE-Bris), MA (Dramatic Art), Drama & Film (Hon) Wits
3. Positions Held: Current Dean (Humanities), HOD (Fine & Performing Arts), Chair - Board of Trustees, National Theatre Association of Malawi; MA Cordinator - Leeds Workshop Theatre, Fine & Performing Arts.
# Beyond the barricades: a collection of contemporary Malawian plays, Chancellor college Publications: Zomba, 2003
# Stage drama in independent Malawi: 1980 -2002, Chancellor College Publications: Zomba, 2010 (Forthcoming book)
* Dramatic place of HIV/Aids in Malawian socio-historical relationships: Du Chisiza's 'check it out', Journal of Humanites 22, 2009/2010 (forthcoming)
* Theatre for Development in Malawi: socio-politics and growth, in ed. Ben Kaluwa, Research and Publications 2010, University of Malawi, Chancellor College. (forthcoming)
* Malawi Popular Commercial Stage Drama: Origins, growth and challenges, Journal of Southern African Studies, 2008.
* Repression & Comedic presentations: Banda's rule, Kwathu's 'kuchipatala' and Umodzi's 'Akapasule', African Performance Review, 2008.
* To outwit or not to outwit censorship in Malawi: University theatre and Banda's policies in the 1970s, African Performance Review, 2007
* Dance band music and the Bible in Malawi after 1994, in ed. Susan Arndt et.al, Performance, theatre and new media in Africa, Bayrueth African Studies 84 2007
* Ethnicity and marginalisation in South African liberation theatre: Dukuza ka Macu's 'night of the long wake', Journal of Humanities 16, 2002
* Malawian theatre at the crossroads: developmental paradigms and underdevelopment of stage drama in Malawi, Journal of Humanities 15, 2001.
* Improvisation as a pedagogic method, in Journal of Artist Educators, Jo'burg Art Gallery, 2000.
* Battles in the definition of community theatre in the new South Africa, in The Arts List, Jo'burg Art Gallery, 2000
*Landscape and national memory in Steve Chimombo's 'Napolo Poems', Transformation 44, 2000
* Wrong day ( a farce) in Beyond the barricades
* Chamdothe, child of clay (from Steve Chimombo's folktale novella) in Beyond
* Stop press, in Beyond the barricades
5. Professional Theatre Practice
* Trials of brother Jero, Chancellor College Great Hall - Malawi, 2001 & 2008 (reviewed, Nation Newspaper by Timwa Lipenga)
* Chamdothe, child of clay, Chancellor College Great Hall, 2001 (reviewed Nation Newspaper by Timwa Lipenga)
* Sweet Chocolate (devised with cast), Vuka Afrika Artists, Katlehong Jo'burg, 2000 (reviewed in Mail & Guardian - Luvuyo Kakaza; Weekend World - Vuyo Mtuyedwa)
* Wrong Day, Bachaki Theatre, and Windybrow Theatre, Johannesburg, 2000 (reviewed in Mail & Guardian - Matthew Krouse)
* Maid in the new South Africa, Jo'burg Civic Theatre, 1997 (reviewed in Sunday Times, Beeld, Rapport)
* Local elections, Jo'burg Civic Theatre, 1998 (reviewed in Star Tonight - Maclaim)
* The god's are not to blame, Jo'burg Civic Theatre, 1998 (Star Tonight - Maclaim)
* Night of the long wake, Wits Downstairs Theatre, 1998 ( reviewed in Citizen)
6. Research / Consultancies
# Principal Researcher, LEAD-SEA Lake chilwa climate change baseline survey, 2010 - 2011
# Principal writer, Lake Chilwa basin climate change communication strategy, 2011
# Co-Principal Researcher, "Effectiveness of communication messages in TIP distribution", DFID & Malawi Government, 2002
# Co-Principal Researcher, Assessment of attitudes on gender-based violence amongst traditional leaders in Malawi, Centre for Human rights and Rehabilitation, 2005
# Training in participatory theatre: Project Hope, 2001; Africare 2002; Banja la Mtsogolo 2003; Manet 2003; Theatre Association of Malawi 2003.
# Playwriting: Southern African Theatre Initiative, 2002.
7. Visiting Fellowship:
* Escola de Communicacao de artes, Eduardo Mondlane University, 2008 - 2010
* Workshop Theatre, School of English, Leeds University, 2006 - 2007
* Tili Tonse Link - University of Zambia, Open University of Zambia, Stadia University - Helsinki, University of Malawi - Chancol, in Lusaka, 2008
8. External Examiner:
* Dept. of Fine and Performing Arts, University of Dar es salaam, 2008 - 2010
* School of Dramatic Art, Wits University, Johannesburg 2008 (theses)
9. Research Supervision:
* Supervised 12 Master of Arts theses in Theatre, and Development Communication at Universityies of Leeds and Malawi.
* Cosupervised 1 PhD. student at University of Central Lancashire on Participatory popular theatre as a diagnostic method for psychiatric suspects for African and African Carribean men in the UK.
10. Areas of Focus:
Malawian Theatre drama and performance, South African anti-apartheid theatre and drama, African Theatre and Drama, African Performance, African Popular Culture, Postcolonial Theatre and Literature, World Drama, Theatre for Development, Theatre and Drama in Education, undergraduate and postgraduate studies in performance arts and literature, postgraduate and doctoral supervision.
Senior Lecturer in Fine & Performing Arts
| ||Mr. Grant Nthala (PHD IN MUSIC (IN PROGRESS), UNIV. OF THE FREE STATE MASTER OF MUSIC, UNIVERSITY OF THE FREE STATE UNIV.(POSTGRAD) CERTIFICATE IN MARKETING, MALAWI BA (HUMANITIES) IN MUSIC & FRENCH, MALAWI)|
Lecturer in Music
Grant Nthala is a lecturer of Music in the Music Section of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at the University of Malawi. He graduated with a Master of Music in Ethnomusicology at the University of the Free State. He is currently working towards completing his PhD in Music at the Free State University on the role of the musical arts in HIV/Aids intervention, involving an ethnological approach. In addition to his BA (Humanities) majoring in Music and French obtained at University of Malawi, Chancellor College, he also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Marketing from the University of Malawi’s Polytechnic.
Grant has been a full-time academic member of the FPA Department since 1999 following his three years of part-time teaching, three years of secondary school teaching, and full-time pastoral work. His specialised areas include Music Theory, Ethnomusicology, African Music and Dance, African Drumming, Music Research, Guitar, Keyboard, Choral Ensemble, and Contemporary Band Music. He has composed and directed music for such fora as the university graduation, the national music/choral workshops, the University of Malawi silver jubilee, and the then Zomba Music Society.
A member of the Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE) he was the local organising committee chair of the first PASMAE conference to be held in Malawi in 2007 where he also presented a paper on the Achewa traditional music. He has also presented related papers at two South African Society for Music Research (SASRIM) conferences at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (2008) and Kwa Zulu Natal University (2009). His recent article on the concept of masking as a cultural device for Chewa music and dance performances has been accepted for publishing by the renowned Journal for Musical Arts in Africa. Over three years (2005-2007) he has been involved in training groups of Canadian volunteers on Malawi cultural heritage through the World Universities Service of Canada (WUSC). Among other research exploits, he has co-documented for academic purposes the Ngoma music, the Chitsukulumwe music, and the Mkhwendo music of Mwanza district.
He is also a member of the Centre for Indigenous Instrumental Music and Dance Practices (CIIMDA), a Pretoria based institution aimed at sharing indigenous music education knowledge and the effective classroom performance of the musical arts. Through CIIMDA he has served as Malawi workshop LOC chair, and one of Malawi’s musical action team (MAT) cell leaders working with a number of music educators over three years. In 2007, he was awarded a long-term membership of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) following his outstanding commitment towards PASMAE activities in Malawi. He has co-published two booklets: Guitar handbook for beginners and Choral Directors Handbook as part of student projects. He is currently working on a collection of Malawi’s choral music of the 80s. His journal article on acculturation and the construction of ethnic identity will be submitted for publication soon.
| ||Miss. Alinane Ligoya (Malawi School Certificate of Education, Bachelors of Arts (Humanities))|
Assistant Lecturer in Fine & Performing Arts
Miss Alinane Mildred Ligoya AKA Naphi is primarily a performance (voice) specialist although she also teaches theory, African Performance and preliminary piano.
She is truly passionate about her work and is no stranger to performance herself being actively involved in performance in different capacities. She is an established singer and performs regulary solo and with a gospel group called Harmony. She is also currently recording an album in a genre she has dubbed 'malasoul'. This genre is a combination of influences from Jazz, indigenous Malawian music, soul and rythm and blues. www.myspace.com/naphi
Alinane Mildred is currently working with European director Wolfgang Panzer on the sound track for his upcoming movie called Baba's trail. She has also been featured in the Pan People Project that was coordinated by Australia, Bolivia, Malawi and Romania. See more at www.panpeople.com.au
She is official vocal and performance trainer for a local singing competion called Pop Music Star. She is also lyricist / songwriter and vocalist at J and D Reccord Company working with artist like George Mkandawire , Sally Nyundo and Limbani Banda. www.janddrecords.com