BY FATSANI KALONDA:
Musician Gwamba has called on his fans to vote for his song ‘Akondakitale’ which has received a nomination in the Africa Music song contest.
The song, in which he featured Lawi, is part of his latest album Mama said God first which he first launched in Lilongwe and is expected to launch it in Mzuzu later this month.
The track is in the Southern Africa category. “We submitted the song for the competition in 2019 and recently received this nomination which is currently at national level. The voting at this stage closes next week and then we will go on to the next stage,” Gwamba said.
The artist has since said for him to do well, Malawians must vote for him.
He said his triumph in the contest would be good not for him as a musician but for Malawi as a nation. “People can vote 24 times a day; I want us to change our mindset and support our own artists.
Much as there are some other songs from Malawi in the competition, I urge people to vote for me,” Gwamba said.
He described his music as mature and that he does it for the people. “I do my music to share my life experiences with everyone—both young and old. My success is success to Malawi and we can proudly wave the Malawi flag together for the world to see how gifted we also are,” Gwamba said.
He said people can vote for ‘Akondakitale’ by going to the link www. afrimusicsongcontest.com/southernafricacontestants and then follow the steps.
The winner for the song contest will be awarded with an all-expenses paid trip to the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where the
2020 Eurovision song contest will take place in May 2020.
Lawi said that the nomination of the song was a big exposure for Malawian music. The music video for the song is currently on number one in Viewers Chart Top 10 programme on Times Television and was shot in South Africa and Malawi. The audio for the song was produced by BFB and Lawi.
Lilongwe-based all-female group—Daughters Band has also been nominated in the contest with their song ‘Misonzi’.
According to africamusicsongcontest.com, the Africa Music Song Contest is the first and biggest music competition platform of its kind in Africa.
In 2018, singer songwriter Symphony representing eSwatini won the contest whereas in 2019, singer songwriter Nonzwakazki was the winner.
The winner in the 2020 contest is expected to be announced on April 27 2020.—Additional information by Sam Banda Jnr