Two Dzaleka students took first and second positions in the Chantons en Francais or Let’s Sing in French contest held at the Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre.
Boaz Chancelien, the only student who used an instrument, carried the day with his schoolmate Devine Lobilo coming second while Thoko Gama of Jacaranda finished third in the contest organised by the Jacaranda Foundation in collaboration with the French Embassy.
Twelve students contested in the national finals.
The 17-year-old Chancelien, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, was over the moon as he went home with a guitar, K50 000 cash, a trophy and medal.
“I am so excited to have won. I never expected it,” he said.
Judge Code Sangala, who alongside St Andrew’s International High School head of languages Claire-Lise Harrison and banker Shamiso Kambwiri determined the outcome, said the competition was stiff.
“The students performed wonderfully. We were torn, nonetheless, on balancing between the language proficiency and musical presentation.
“At the end of the day, this was a singing contest,” he said. French Honorary Consul Luc Deschamps, said the competition is important as it promotes French language and culture.