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Airtel Trace Music Star show

There is so much money at stake in the contest whose entry is just very simple, call, sing and win.

The Airtel Trace Music Star Season II rolls into gear on Sunday at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre starting off with the Top 10 show.

The names of the Top 10 contestants dominated by Lilongwe are Chigonjetso Katengeza, Paul Kachala Sigela Akimu, Ruth Kulaisi, Triza Chatata and Chisomo Theteka from Lilongwe, Madalitso Fazili, Verrie Ng’ona and Esther Chitheka from Blantyre and Kalista Kalele from Zomba.

The Top 10 contestants will battle it out where at the end of it all five will be selected to go to the national final slated for Lilongwe on May 6, 2016.

The winner during the national final will pocket K10 million with runners up receiving K 3 million and K2 million respectively.

The winner will also represent the country at the Pan African contest to be held in Nigeria.

Last year’s singer Sam Mjura Mkandawire won on the local front walking away with K14 million. He went on to represent Malawi at the Pan African contest where he came sixth.

The winner was Tanzania’s Mayunga Andrew Nalimi, who went on to be mentored by renowned US artist Akon.

This year the official mentor is US singer Keri Hilson.

Mjura Mkandawire said yesterday that participating in the Airtel Trace Music Star has changed his life.

“Apart from winning K14 million which changed my life, the competition also made me work hard in my music and I am happy to have interacted with contestants from other countries and also being mentored so it’s a good platform and it’s unfortunate I did not manage to come out top,” said Mkandawire, who is also a member of Lilongwe-based group Mafilika.

He said his profile has been boosted through this competition as now a lot of people know him.

“ I have been invited in so many events for performances simply because they know me from my Airtel Trace competition triumph,” said the singer, who further said he has now formed a band and managed to record a live DVD.

Mjura Mkandawire also said he has managed to record his second project Mjura Live after his debut album Zikomo. He said it’s both audio and DVD.

“The first thing I did with the prize money was to tithe because I believe in tithing. I also gave towards a building project at my church and I spent some money on my wedding plus honeymoon. I bought a car and invested in business,” said Mjura Mkandawire, who outclassed four other contestants including his wife to come out the victor.

And as Season II rolls into gear, Mjura has an advice to next winner and contestants.

“To the contestants be focused and compete and as for the winner, write down a plan on how you are going to invest the money particularly in your career and practise more and be yourself as you compete in the Pan African contest,” he said.

The afternoon Top 10 show produced by Times Television and to be hosted by Times Television presenters Mr 265 and Wezi Kasambara will be spiced up by guest performances from Times Television presenters-cum musicians Blak Jak and Annie Matumbi as well as Piksy.

Times Group Chief Commercial Manager Dumisani Ngulube said on Wednesday that all was set for the Top 10 show and that they were ready.

“Everything is set and everything is in place, we are ready for the Top 10 show and just as we did last year producing Season I, we are also prepared and we would like to thank Airtel Malawi and Trace for trusting us once again,” said Ngulube.

He said to hype up the Top 10 show they are giving out branded Airtel Malawi items through Urban Trend where Annie Matumbi is asking different questions and the answers can be given through the Facebook page.

The judges for the Top 10 are musicians Patience Namadingo, Theo Thomson and Rina, who have said they are set for the show and that they were ready to select the best.

Rina said the country has talent which just needs exposure and support.

“We have talent in the country and now all what we will do as the judges is to select the best five,” she said.

Airtel Malawi Brands and Communication Manager Isabel Kachinjika also said they were ready for the Top 10 show and that they were looking forward to the best.

“People should come and see the best on the day as the Top 10 contestants will perform live. At the end of it all the best five will be selected. Season II promises to be thrilling looking at the quality of entries we received,” she said.

Trace Country representative (Malawi) Annie Chisala also said they were impressed with the quality of entries received in Season II and that they were expecting nothing but the best.

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