The Sunbird Search for a Star, which has been running under this name for the past two years with Sunbird Tourism as one of the huge sponsors, is back in the fold but this time using its old name of E-Wallet Talent Show.
The talent show, which started in 2006, has been running as E-Wallet until two years ago when Sunbird Tourism came in and thus changed the name to Sunbird Search for a Star.
However, coordinator of the event Anthony Kafuwa said yesterday that the show is back this year but under the old name of E-Wallet as their two year contract with Sunbird Tourism has not been renewed.
“Our two year contract with Sunbird Tourism Limited has not been renewed but the show still continues under the old name of E-Wallet.
Our relationship with Sunbird Tourism still continues as we will still be holding the auditions in their hotels. We would like to thank
Sunbird Tourism for their support during the two years,” said Kafuwa.
He then announced that the E-Wallet Talent Show auditions this year will take place in September adding that it will be slightly different on how they were doing with Sunbird Tourism as they will only hold auditions in the cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
‘Last year we conducted the auditions in Zomba, Mangochi, Salima, Lilongwe Mzuzu and Blantyre but now we will only do it in the three cities which means those in the Northen region will have to audition in Mzuzu, those in the Central region will have to go to Lilongwe and those in the Southern region will have to go to Blantyre,” said Kafuwa.
He said the event will be big this year with lots of surprises and that after the auditions; the talent show will start in October and end in December with three shows in Blantyre and three shows in Lilongwe.
Kafuwa could not be drawn to reveal the prize money for the competition this year but he said it will be big and better than last year.
“Our chairman felix Njawala has actually travelled to South Africa to finalise some of the agreements but once he is back we will come back to you to reveal the prize money,” he said.
Kafuwa also said they want to do more this year including striving to produce a live event.
Last year the Sunbird Search for a Star was won by Blantyre-based McLuther Mambala who pocketed K500,000 during a grand finale which was held at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre
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