The Malawian version of US Has Got Talent has suffered the weight of emerging festivals, forcing organisers to suspend its premiere for the third time.
E-Wallet was supposed to take off on September 1 following countrywide auditions in the past two months, but it was rescheduled to last Saturday.
This time, organising chairperson Felix Njawala said the September 29 no-show was meant to pave the way for the Summertime Gala, jointly organised by MultiChoice Malawi and Red Spot at Sunbird Livingstonia on the same day.
â€œThere are several festivals taking place in the country, one of them being the Summertime Gala in Salima. We want to give such festivals a chance,â€ said Njawala.
Unless this is not just a scapegoat, the return of E-Wallet talent will have to be iced for the next fortnight.
From Friday, the refurbished French Cultural Centre will be home to the three-day Blantyre Arts Festival (BAF) to be headlined by Malian Afro-pop singer Salif KeÃ¯ta.
Later, Sunbird Nkopola will host the three-year-old Sand Festival, pooling the Black Missionaries, Lucius Banda, Skeffa Chimoto, Maskal, Piksy and ArmstrongÂ alongside South Africaâ€™s Professor as well as Zambiaâ€™s General Kanene, JK and Oga Family.
â€œThe festivals are important to the nation. It was ideal [for us] to give Malawians a chance to patronise the one-off festivals,â€ explained Njawala.
The launch of E-Wallet at Sunbird Capital in Lilongwe will star Fikisa of Akamwile fame.