Malawi’s representative to the pan-African music contest, Airtel Trace Stars, received a hearty send-off from the sponsors as he prepares to leave for the finals.
Airtel’s brands and communications manager Isabel Kachinjika hailed Mkandawire for the triumph, but warned him against resting on his laurels.
“It must be emphasised that in the country’s history, Mjura broke the record for being the first to win the biggest record cash prize in a music contest. But then, do not be contended with the K14 million you won here, there is bigger money and better opportunities if you beat the rest of the contestants in Kenya with your vocal skills, quality, confidence and self-composure.
“You have what it takes to carry the day in Nairobi during the Pan African finals. The formula to swaying judges is so simple, just thrill them with a $50 000 performance then yes, you will be on your way to America with a record deal and mentorship with star Akon”.
While stressing that Malawi has unfaltering hope in him, Kachinjika called on the country to vote for the representative.
“Let us support him fully by voting countless times to boost his winning formula before the voting lines close on March 25. Otherwise, all the best Sam as you leave for the finals next week. We are with you all the way,” she emphasised.
Mkandawire, who belted out a performance of Beautiful by Mali Music, vowed to make the country proud.
“I will represent Malawi to the best of my ability and everything that’s good about our people. We are not a poor nation as we have a rich culture and history. We will rise and be counted. Malawi, let us vote more. We have all what it takes to win,” he said.
To vote for Mkandawire, call 59911 to listen to all the 13 contestants and vote. People can also SMS mju to 59911.