The Carlsberg Chill DJ Competition took off in style on Saturday night with Ennie leading a pack of five Mzuzu-based selectors that qualified for regional finals in the Northern Region.
The annual Carlsberg Malawi competition was officially launched on St Denis Road during the leafy city’s one-off Easter street party.
The start suffered a slight knock due to some sights of DJs struggling to unite their great hits and oldies into one smooth listening for the eager ears of an overjoyed audience rising from a brilliant opening blast-off by 2007 Sprite DJ Contest winner Doug Flesh.
Just when the rumble in the night sounded scratchy and off-tune, Ennie the DJ rose from oblivion and displayed exhilarating know-how and rare nous to emerge the city’s king of the turntables in the run-in kick-starting the race to the national finals where a brand new KIA Picante awaits the ultimate winner and K500 000 for the second-placed.
The act makes last year’s regional runner-up Ennie a frontrunner for the North along with Hassle, Binnie, Ghetto Flesh and Fuse X.
Brown B, Edo Flex, Tipsy and Dali Max had sets to forget, with sporadic spates of “achoke! Achoke!” screams from the crowd. The chants cost the DJs a great deal since crowd response was one of the things to look out for together with skill and creativity.
“I feel great. Competition was stiff, but we made it to the next level. The crowd response was stunning,” said Ennie.
According to Carlsberg senior brands manager for alcoholics Twikale Chirwa, the top five are off to the second-round which will see them do battle for the Northern Region’s two slots in the national finale.