Malawi new music talent Sam Mjura Mkandawire who impressed the judges in the just ended Airtel Trace Music Stars Africa competition, who included megastar Akon, renowned music executive Devyne Stevens and top-selling French Caribbean singer, Lynnsha has revealed plans to release his debut album.
Mjura said his finals appearance in the Pan-African contest has been “ a great opportunity” and called it “the beginning of Sam Mjura.”
“Akon had kind words to say to me personally and I’ll keep them to myself and work hard and not give up as I have learnt a lot,” said Mjura.
“I will launch my album and work on producing top videos to put on TraceTV since a door has opened. I want to put my name out there and put Malawi on the map musically.
“ I have made lots of contacts from the trace finale and you’ll hear more about these soon. Watch this space,” he said.
During the finals held in Kenya, Mjura performed Sam Smith’s Stay With Me which earned him Akon’s recognition for his talent.
The contest was won by Tanzanian Nalimi Mayunga.
Mjura said Mayunga is a “ great person,” saying he was the “deserving” winner.
The Malawi representative to the Airtel Trace Music Stars Africa competition has since thanked people from the country for their votes.
“I’d like to thank Malawi for the votes. They got me to the top six in Africa. That’s big,” he explained.
Speaking after he was announced the winner, Mayunga said: “First and foremost I would like to thank God for the competition was very tough. This is a golden opportunity for me and I must say I’m humbled.”
Countries that participated in the grand finale are Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Tanzania emerged winner, followed by Nigeria, while Congo Brazzaville was third. Mayunga got a record deal with Universal Music, mentorship and promotion for a total value exceeding $500,000.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :