One of the country’s representatives in the Big Brother Hotshots Siphelire Chitambo popularly known as Sipe has pulled out of ‘Airtel TRACE Music Star’ national finals slated for 21st February in Blantyre.
Her Manageress Mabel Banda Khonje of Vogue Events Agency said she pulled out of the competition “for personal reasons.”
She did not elaborate.
But she said the model celeb was “thankful” to all people who have been supporting her through voting in the competition.
Meanwhile, Airtel Malawi has said the public participation in voting for the finalists including Lilongwe based group Mafilika member Sam Mjura Mkandawire is impressive.
Apart from Sam Mjura Mkandawire, a nephew to late Mjura Mkandawire, who composed the popular John Chilembwe song, the other finalists are Blantyre based 13-year old Vitumbiko Maseko Phiri, Lilongwe based 26- year old Tiyamike Chakhaza and Blantyre based 26 year old Grey Douglas Longwe.
As of Monday 16th February 2015, a total of 2063 votes were registered with 735 unique voters.
Airtel Malawi is urging its customers to vote for their favourite artist by sending the contestant’s code to 59911. Each SMS costs MK50 only.
Customers with the highest number of votes will win various prizes ranging from a Samsung Galaxy phone, MK50, 000 e- value of Airtel Money, MK1, 000 airtime and t-shirts.
The winner of this national finals will pocket a MK14 million cash prize and will further take part in the Pan African Airtel Trace Music Star with other contestants drawn from 13 countries to battle it out for the accolade of ‘the next Big African Star’.
‘Airtel Trace Music Star’s aims to create the platform to empower Malawi youths by giving them opportunities to develop their innate skills, achieve their dreams and possibly become the next biggest stars.
The competition is also taking place across 12 other countries where Airtel has presence; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda Zambia, Madagascar, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon.
The best singing talent in each country will be identified, rewarded and put in competition with the best singing talents of other participating countries to run for the Title of best African Music Talent.
The overall grand prize comprises of a recording deal with Kon Live, a distributed label through Universal Music Group and an intense mentorship programme with Akon in the United States of America.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :