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The French song competition, spearheaded by Jacaranda Foundation and funded by French Embassy, kicked off over the weekend with secondary school students in the country battling it out for a spot in the national final.

The grand final will be held at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre on June 30.

In the Southern Region, the contest took place at JCC on Saturday where 24 students participated, with four making it to the grand finale.

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Musicians Annemarie Quinn and Code Sangala, who were the judges, selected Monalisa Namakungwa from St Michaels, who did West Life’s song which she translated into French, Christabel Rudi from St Michaels, Moses Damiano from Zomba Catholic and Vanessa Litta from Jacaranda School for Orphans.

Of the 24 students that participated in the contest, 17 were female students while seven male.

“I am excited to have made it through and managed to sing my song well in French although I am not that fluent in it. Now it’s time to work extra hard to do well in the final,” Litta said.

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Damiano, the only male student who made it through and performed Alpha Blondie’s song, said, although female students dominated, he would strive to do better in the final.

“I am ready and, from now up to June 30, it will be massive rehearsals,” Damiano said.

The schools that participated in the Southern Region were St Michaels, Joyce Banda, Zomba Catholic, Jacaranda and Stella Maris.

Code said they were impressed with the performances of the students and that they based their results on, among other things, skill, vocal projection and presence.

In the Central Region, the contest took place on Saturday at Lilongwe Girls where Alfred Kamwendo from Dedza Secondary School, Charlene Kabango f and Justine Mubigalo both from Dzaleka made it to the national final.

In the Northern Region, Rosaria Nyondo and Bridget Mkandawire from Marymount and Joyce Chiona from Katoto made it to the final during the contest which was held at Marymount in Mzuzu.

JCC and Maison de la France Director of French Studies, Poya Chapweteka, hailed the schools that participated.

He then revealed that the French Drama contest for 2018 would the start in November and called on schools to start preparations.

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