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Northern Region Music contest exposes talent

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The K5 million North Music Competition held Sunday in Mzuzu lived up to its billing, with organisers saying the Northern Region has a lot of talent that lacks exposure.

One of the organisers, Tiwonge Hango, who is a renowned musician, said most artists had impressive performances and showed exceptional talent.

At least 24 gospel artists—individuals and groups—and 15 secular artists battled it out in the competition in gospel and secular categories.

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Hango, famed for the song ‘Mama Africa’, said the aim of the competition is to promote music in the Northern Region where most artists lack platforms to expose themselves.

“The only thing that I am worried about is how we can bring in the corporate world to support these artists. I really want this contest to be taking place yearly but we need support.

“I must quickly point out that we are planning another competition this April and there will be more things happening,” he said.

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Pastor Moffat Phiri from Nkhata Bay emerged winner in the gospel category and received K500,000 and a trophy whereas Ruth Gee was second, with New Era Band and Matope CYF choir sharing the third position.

In the secular category, Mzuzu-based reggae band Finger Prints emerged winners, receiving K500,000 and a trophy, whereas Orange Groove Band were the runners up.

Finger Prints Band Leader Ancient Mirror said the recognition will motivate them to work extra hard in their craft.

Driemo and Lil B were some of the renowned acts that spiced up the contest

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