Jacaranda rules in French Singing regional contest

IMPRESSIVE—Chilimani sings during the contest

Jacaranda School for Orphans on Saturday made a statement ahead of the third edition of Let’s Sing in French national final when it dominated in the Southern Region finals held at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre.

In the top three, the school, based in Chigumula, claimed two positions including the first which went to form four student Sandra Chilimani.

The school also got the third position, which went to Miracle Gama, whereas the second position went to Black Miracle from Zomba Catholic Secondary School.


The top three have made it to the national final to be held this coming Saturday at Mzuzu University alongside the French storytelling competition, which will see nine finalists from University of Malawi, Domasi College of Education and Mzuzu University battling it out.

Chilimani, who is also a member of Jacaranda School for Orphans Troupe, won the hearts of the judges, who included renowned gospel musician Chigo Grace and writer Beaton Galafa.

“I did not see this coming although I put in more effort in my work. Praise be to God for this and I am thankful to the teachers that coached me and now I have to train hard ahead of the national final,” Chilimani said.


Chigo Grace said, being a French singing contest, they selected the winners based on pronunciation of words, diction in French, voice, stage presence and ability to introduce themselves in French.

“We were impressed with the performances and it was even great to see contestants translate songs from Malawi into French,” she said.

JCC Director and French Honorary Consul to Malawi Luc Deschamps said he was impressed with the performances of the students.

“Good to see students show the best in French language through singing and I am happy with the participation. There is beauty in language and French is an international language and it is good to see the youth embracing it,” Deschamps said.

In the Central Region contest, Moses Brighton from Loyola Jesuit Secondary School came first whereas Evelyn Kabanga from Lilongwe Girls Secondary School and Evason Bodyo from Dedza Secondary School came second and third, respectively.

In the Northern Region contest, Rejoice Moyo from Katoto Secondary School came first, with Tiyamike Kumalo from Kaseghe and Shyreen Salatiel from Mary Mount coming second and third, respectively.

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