By Getrude Mkandawire:
The country’s acoustic soul/ folk artist, George Kalukusha, has made it in the top 10 emPawa Africa competition.
emPawa Africa is a competition spearheaded by Nigerian artist Oluwatosin Oluwolw Ajibade, famously known as Mr Eazi.
The contest is set to promote, grow independent and emerging talented artists onto the global platform.
The competition will see the top 10 artists nominated attending an exclusive master class in Cape Town, South Africa, with mentorship and tutorage from Mr Eazi and various artists.
Kalukusha said he is excited.
“I am happy with where my career is going and glad that I will be representing the few Malawians who have always supported me,” Kalukusha said.
Kalukusha, who is also the founder of Pakhonde Acoustic Sessions, has performed on various international platforms.
Having experienced the journey of an African dreaming to make it big in the music industry, the afro-pop star is the perfect, passionate partner to lead the next wave of African musical talent to international stardom.
“All it took for me to start my career was a $1000 music video. Since then, my career has allowed me to tour the world, own a business and employ over 100 people. The real motivation behind emPawa is providing a similar opportunity for emerging artists and mentoring them to become entrepreneurs like myself,” Mr Ezi said.
Mr Eazi and emPawa, with the support of betPawa, have a mission to support African artistes by equipping them with the right collaboration, industry knowledge and investment.
On the Pakhonde Acoustic Sessions, Kalukusha, said the platform is aimed at building the creative industry and giving a chance to up and coming musicians to showcase their talents.
“With Pakhonde Sessions, we wish to empower up and coming artists and provide a platform for them. In future, we hope to see collaborations both locally and internationally from these sessions,” he said.
Nominated alongside Kalukusha on the emPawa Africa top 10 include Zambian musicians Nemo and Ruth Ronnie and Sadimuma from Tanzania.
The Empawa Africa project saw over 4,000 entries from Africa that were later narrowed down to 100.
From 100, the figure was narrowed down to 10.
Later this year, two overall winners will be selected and invited to perform with Mr Eazi at the Ghana Party in London.
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