In an effort to produce professional singers with quality voice, this year’s contestants of the country’s sole singing talent, E-Wallet, will undergo training a week before the main event.
E-Wallet rolls into action on October 25 at Chichiri Shopping Centre’s M-Theatre with 13 participants from across the country battling it out for the grand prize of Nissan Tiida.
But organisers said there will be a camp for the participants at Monarchy Lodge where they will undergo both voice and stage trainings before competing at the main event.
“E-Wallet has rebranded this year. And one of the critical features is the incorporation of voice training of the contestants by a music expert from the Chancellor College. The idea is to make performances even better for the audience,” said Anthony Kafuwa, project coordinator of E-Wallet.
He said this year, E-Wallet has been designed in corporate form to appeal to both the corporate world and the music fraternity; hence, the need not to compromise on quality.
Last year, youthful gospel musician Patience Namadingo trained E-Wallet contestants. But this year, Chancellor College music lecturer Alinane Mpande has been included on the list of trainers to orient the participants on the singing exercise.
According to Kafuwa, Mphande’s specific task will include exercises for the singers, including breathing, voice projection, posture, pitching and ear training.
“Mphande will drill the constants on the basics of voice for building a great singing voice from October 20 to 22. Whereas, Namadingo will take the contestants through stage management from 23 to the day of the main event. This is all to help to perfect the performances of the contestants and the entire design of the show,” said Kafuwa.
During the auditions for this year’s E-Wallet most of the contestants had problems in controlling their voices and managing stage etiquette hence the intensified training.