Airtel-sponsored ‘Unima Got Talent’ takes shape

Second auditions of the Unima Got Talent television show, sponsored by mobile services operator Airtel Malawi, were held at Chancellor College (Chanco) in Zomba last Saturday.

A Chanco student showing his singing and guitar skills in the Unima Got Talent show. Photo by Kimpho Loka

A Chanco student showing his singing and guitar skills in the Unima Got Talent show. Photo by Kimpho Loka

Unima Got Talent Chanco host Maya. Photo by Kimpho Loka

Unima Got Talent Chanco host Maya. Photo by Kimpho Loka

A Chancellor College student tries her luck. Photo by Kimpho Loka

A Chancellor College student tries her luck. Photo by Kimpho Loka

This followed the inaugural audition weekend on June 11 at the Polytechnic in Blantyre, where five students qualified for the preliminary round of the contest involving six colleges from the southern region.

According to information from the Chanco production team, 26 aspirants auditioned but only 10 were selected to the next phase where they will have to be voted by fellow college students to make it into the top five.

The best five contenders will face competition from Polytechnic, College of Medicine (COM), Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Catholic University (CU) and Blantyre International University (BIU).

The search panel, led by Chanco lecturer Limbikani Kamlongera, as well as radio personalities Kenny Klips and Jean Chalungama, is this weekend expected to be at COM in Blantyre and MUST in Thyolo.

Airtel Malawi has pumped in K3.5 million into the talent show that has competitors ranging from singers, rappers, dancers, poets and magicians.

Although it is called Unima Got Talent, the competition which will be airing on private broadcaster Times TV, has also attracted colleges outside the University of Malawi, which areMUST, BIU and CU.

Airtel Malawi is one company which is taking a leading role in bankrolling talent shows in the country as it is also attached to the dancing competition Ka Jive and the pan African singing contest Airtel TRACE Music Star.

 

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2 thoughts on “Airtel-sponsored ‘Unima Got Talent’ takes shape”

  1. kwathu says:

    Much as I upload airtel Malawi for sponsoring the competition, I don’t really see the impact this whole thing will make, I don’t know but limiting this to Universities was somehow selfish and no wonder the initial isolation of other Universities that do not fall under UNIMA, typical of you guys, the fact that one initiated something doesn’t mean the you’ll be the sole beneficially, we have talent in these so called small collages and non UNIMA universities, just open this up and get real results but as it is I just see some mediocre stuff.

  2. Headteacher says:

    What a surprise! Since when did we have CU, MUST and BIU under UNIMA? This is talent search indeed?

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