Symon and Kendal miss out on E-wallet: Two evicted from Malawi talent show

The Lilongwe based music duo of Symon and Kendall on Saturday failed to turn up for a performance at E-wallet Talent Eviction show at Mount Soche Hotel, Blantyre due to fuel scarcity.

Symon and Kendal who launched their fifth album, Nkhwiko in Lilongwe on Sunday, were billed as headliners to the eviction show that saw two of the 12 contestants, Gabriel Simenti and Mzuzu hip-hop gospel rapper, Tionge Soko booted out of the competition.

There was wild uproar of discontentment when the organizers announced that the duo had failed to turn-up for the show due to fuel scarcity but the impressive and incredible performances the contestants put up coupled by hard-to-resist jokes from renowned comedian, Mr. Jokes managed to sooth the tempers of the seemingly upset audience.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, Kendall said they failed to source fuel in order to come to Blantyre for the show.

Symon & Kendall ; No show at E-Wallet

“We tried to source fuel even on the black market but could not get any. Its disappointing that we let our Blantyre fans down, but we could not do otherwise. We could not travel by bus as we are expected to launch our album today (Sunday) so it would have inconvenienced us. Hope to make it next time, but to all our fans who turned up for the show, we are saying sorry,” Kendal said.

Symon and Kendall are popularly known as ‘mafumu azakudya’ or ‘Nyembanyemba boys.’

During the Saturday eviction show, the audience welcomed back on stage one of the participants, 13 years old Taonga Kanthungo who collapsed on stage during the previous show.

However, another contestant, Yasinta Bodole, a Polytechnic student failed to turn up as she was reportedly sick. She however, made to the next round after getting maximum votes to remain in the game.

Following the eviction of Simenti and Soko, now the competition remains with 10 contestants who are to battle it out for the final spot.

Currently remaining in the show are Goma Nyondo, Wakhumbachi Kalua, Guise Pemba, The Elements dancing crew, Taonga Kanthungo, Eric Matewere, Floor Steperz dacing crew, Hanna Kadamanja and Mick Moyo and Yasinta Bodole.

On Saturday, the race proved too tough for the contestants as each one of them labored to remain in the game with impressive performances.

The pinnacle of them all was Eric Matewere who did his on hip-hop composition and was labeled as the man of the moment by the judges made of Marvin Hanke, Perce Manyozo and Dumison Mfune.

Guise Pemba also did wonders on stage when he performed Lionel Richie’s Endless Love that was colored with a dance with one member of the audience. And another one marvel to watch was Mick Moyo who did Leona Lewis’s Breeding.

Wakhumbachi was the golden voice of the show as she mesmerized fans with her Celine Dion-like voice when she did her own reindition of  Adele’s Make You Feel my Love.

The only disappointing moment of the night was one of the judges, Perce Manyozo who was criticizing everything to the point that he nearly drew the anger of the audience that could not hide its annoyance by shouting comments at him.

During the event, Multichoice Malawi promised to offer a video and audio recoding to a wining song. The company’s Marketing Manager, Chimwemwe Nyirenda said the offer is part of the move to support the local music industry.

The next eviction show is slated for Lilongwe where two other contestants will leave the show. And voting continues through SMSs.

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