Madonna: Happy Joyce Banda is Malawi's president

AP , Saturday 14 Apr 2012

Pop star Madonna says she feels happy that Joy Banda became president of Malawi

Madonna arrives as she launches her new fragrance, "Truth or Dare by Madonna" at Macy's in New York April 12. 2012. (Photo: Reuters)


Madonna says she's happy that Malawi's former vice president is now leading the country.

Joy Banda became president Saturday and is the country's first woman leader. Former president Bingu wa Mutharika died of a heart attack on April 5.

Madonna adopted two Malawian children and started the charity, Raising Malawi, in 2006. It assists orphanages and other aid programs in the country.

The singer called Banda "amazing" and said she interviewed the 62-year-old for her 2008 documentary, "I Am Because We Are," about Malawian orphans who lost family members to HIV/AIDS.

"She was really into girls being educated in Africa, which is a good thing," Madonna said in an interview Thursday night. "So, I'm glad."

The pop star made the comments at Macy's in New York for the launch of her fragrance, Truth or Dare. She said she's "been trying to develop a fragrance for probably the last 15 years."

"It's never worked out with various companies and different people and trying different fragrances," she said. "They never turned out the way I wanted them to smell."

But Madonna says that was partially due to her expensive taste.

"It's the mass producing part that always gets tricky, because for some reason the fragrances that I like tend to be really expensive," the singer said. "One time I created a smell and I was told the amber, it was like a million dollars to ship from India or something. ...And then they tried to make (a) synthetic (version). This happens a lot and it never smells as good as you want it to smell. That's happened a couple times. Finally I got a smell I like that I can mass produce. Yay!"

Truth or Dare ranges in price from $39 to $68.

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