The country’s music scene has been dominated by male musicians. But if the turnout of females at the E-Wallet music talent search in Lilongwe on Sunday is anything to go by, then the industry is up for a change.
Probably the women now want to prove that they can stand out and compete with their male counterparts in the music circles, because out of 156 contestants that came for auditions held at Capital Hotel, 89 were females.
And out of the fourteen pop singers and two hip-hop artists that have been selected to represent the capital city at the national auditions, slated for 26 August, the girls outnumber the male contestants as only six boys qualified.
Organising chairperson of the competition, Felix Njawala, attributed the female dominance to their voice, saying: “Girls have an advantage because of their voice. Mainly the judges are looking at the voice and so far girls have been impressive.”
The auditions in Lilongwe followed the talent search that took place in the northern city of Mzuzu where two boy and two girl pop singers as well as a group of dancers qualified.
Comparing the two cities, Njawala described Lilongwe as “tough” looking at the figure that came to try out. He however said “the auditions were good, the environment was good and the turnout was great.
We had a tough day, but at the end of the day it was a success. I’m excited that we have a high number of aspirants coming for auditions and that aspect accords us an opportunity to select the best.”
Disclosing that the judges are also looking at confidence, besides voice, Njawala who is Member of Parliament for Blantyre Kabula Constituency said: “Malawians can bless themselves for a better event this time around.”
Meanwhile, the final regional auditions for the E-Wallet competition are scheduled for this Sunday, August 19, at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre from 9am.
Those who will be selected in the commercial city will join their colleagues from Lilongwe and Mzuzu at the national auditions, wich will determine the best 25 to compete in the main competition expected to be launched on 1st September.
The show will run for a period of four months and the winner will go home with K500,000. According to the organisers, there is also a surprise package for the winner and it will be announced during the launch.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :