Search for a Star Malawi talent show kicks off

It seems like it’s had a longer build-up than the World Cup, but the action finally began on the Sunbird Search for a Star (SSS) season two at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre on Saturday night.

The 16 contestants gave a live performance backed by Malimba Band before judges Mervin Hanke, Rudo Chakwera Mkukupha and Dumisani Mfune.

Lilongwe base Chiko Saword impressed all judges with her performance.

Let the circus begin! Impressive hopefuls Saword and Chiumia performing on Saturday
Let the circus begin! Impressive hopefuls Saword and Chiumia performing on Saturday

Rudo said to Chiko: “You raised it.”

Mfune told her: “Your soul in the voice killed me.”

Blantyre based Teddy Maliwa was billed as Malawi’s next Brian Adams by judge Hanke.

Another likeable act of the  night was John Chiumia, 37, dubbed by the audience as Rasta, as they cheered him on.

One of the judges Rudo, said she was “impressed” with the performance of the contestants in the premiere show.

“Most of these contestants have potential. The problem is that they are trying too hard to impress and by doing that they mess up a performance, but it is something that we are going to advise them on when we get back,” she said.

Sponsors Sunbird Tourism Limited public relations officer Akosa Mphepo also was impressed with the show, saying “the quality has improved.”

Performing as a curtain raiser, SSS voice coach Patience Namadingo performed a stand up routine throwing random jokes at the audience.

And headliner Code Sangala, who trades under the CO brand, did little to win patrons’ hearts with a performance of his songs Linda, Ndiwe and Money from his Solo album.

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