The launch of the national music talent show, E-Wallet, will not be taking place on 29th September as planned and has been shifted to next month.
The competition has been devised to find new singing talent, contested by aspiring singers drawn from public audition.
Nyasa Times understands that the show, which was scheduled to be unveiled this coming weekend in Lilongwe, will take place on 6th October.
Organisers of the show said the change has been made to give room to the music festivals which will be taking place in the southern, eastern, central and northern parts of the country starting this weekend.
“There are several festivals taking place in the country, one of them the Blantyre Arts Festival [BAF], which will be happening the same weekend we planned to have our show in Blantyre, therefore we want to give chance to such festivals,” said E-Wallet organising chairperson Felix Njawala.
Apart from BAF, scheduled for 5th – 7th October at the French Cultural Centre, other festivals are the Summer Time Gala, taking place on 29th September at Livingstonia Beach in Salima; Moon Rock Festival which will run from 12th – 15th October at Chintheche Inn and Sand Festival, also expected to run from 12th – 15th October at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi.
“The festivals are equally important to the nation and some do crash with our event’s calendar and one side would definitely dominate the day. We thought it was ideal to give a chance to Malawians to patronize the festivals since they’re one-off events,” Njawala said.
Despite the change, the venue for E-Wallet official launch remains Sunbird Capital hotel where all the contestants are expected to perform. According to the organisers, the ethnic group of the ‘Akamwile’ fame, Fikisa, will also entertain patrons.
There are 26 contestants who qualified to the national championship of the show through the auditions which took place in the major cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
Auditions on MBC TV
Meanwhile, the beaming of the E-Wallet auditions on state broadcaster MBC TV, which failed to start showing on 4th September, as earlier announced, will go on TV this Wednesday night.
“People have to follow the show with keen interest once it starts showing on TV because before the launch, the public will be asked to vote into the show one best contestant among those that were dropped during the national auditions,” said Njawala in an earlier interview.
Among the contestants, 15 are from Blantyre, 8 from Lilongwe and 3 from Mzuzu. There are 14 boys and 12 girls, including 17 singers, 6 rappers, 2 boy dance act and a female dancer.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :