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Five through in Chill DJ Battle

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Since the Carlsberg Chill DJ competition started in 2013, female DJs have never participated with only male DJs dominating the contest.

But it was a different story on Friday night at Mustang Sally in Blantyre where three female DJs made history in the competition battling it out with male counterparts.

And at the end of round one of the contest, one female DJ made it to the top five and will participate in the second round where two will finally be selected for the national finale slated for July.

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The first round which also marked the kickoff of the 2016 battle, attracted an impressive audience.

About 10 DJs registered in the first round which had three females and seven males but one did not perform. Being an open battle, the female DJs tussled with their male counterparts.

Master of ceremonies Chimwemwe Chikwana, popularly known as Mr C, said before the competition that the judges would base their scores on creativity, crowd reaction and song selection among others.

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While some DJs found it tough to shine on the decks and looked out of place in terms of using the equipment, others showed their magic winning the hearts of the people.

The DJs made sure they entertained the audience mixing different songs from local and international artists.

The top five DJs that made it through are DJ Madbo, who came fifth, DJ Ray was fourth with female DJ Short coming third.

DJs Five and Skip came first and second respectively.

DJ Five real name Khumbo Shawa, who came first, said he was excited to have come first as well as making it to the top five.

“The chances were there but in a competition you never know what would happen but I am happy to have made it. This is not the first time for me to participate in the competition, this was my third time,” he said.

He called upon fellow youths to have patience and utilise their different talents adding that deejaying was something exciting.

“I hope to do well in the second round to make it to the national final. I will make sure I practice hard,” said DJ Five.

DJ Short real name Madalitso Jana, who is a student at Blantyre International University, said she is now scared to participate in the top five.

“I am scared but at the same time motivated. I only trained for two days and this was my first time to participate but I am happy that I have managed to make it to top five,” she said.

DJ Short, who said got the name because she is short, said she was compelled to participate just to give it a try.

“The competition for a longtime has had no female participation and this time around my colleagues encouraged me to participate and so this was all about giving it a try. But then I have to work very hard in the second round,” said DJ Short.

She then called upon fellow ladies not to look down upon themselves but come out and utilise their different talents.

“I know people say deejaying is a male thing but it is not. It is an exciting platform and I enjoyed doing it tonight, mixing different songs and I even loved it when people were cheering me on,” said the female DJ.

Carlsberg Malawi Senior Brands Manager (Alcoholic) Twikale Chirwa thanked all the DJs who participated in the contest.

“Most of all we would like to thank female DJs for participating, they have made history and they were very brave. We also thank consumers for coming to support the Carlsberg Chill,” said Chirwa.

The winner this year is expected to walk away with brand new disco equipment with the runner up pocketing K 1 million.

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