As voting has commenced for the Airtel Trace Music Stars, Malawi’s representative Sam Mjura Mkandawire has appealed for votes to enable him to win the continental showpiece.
The finals of the African competition are scheduled for March 28 at the Enashipai Resort and Spa in Naivasha, Kenya.
Mkandawire, who is currently on tour of China with his Mafilika Band mates together with gospel musician Faith Mussa, says Malawians need to join and vote for him.
“Vote, vote and vote more my dear Malawians. Our pride as a nation is at stake. So, it is up to each and every Malawian to stand behind me as I represent all that is artistic and good about our great nation. I believe it is time to take our rightful place and shine a light on our nation. I believe in God and I also believe God uses people to bless and uplift people.
“Malawians should vote for me because I have spent my life investing in my art and I believe with their support we are going to bring the top prize home. I am practicing hard and even on this tour, I believe I am learning new things every time that I will apply at the finale,” Mkandawire said in an interview from Beijing.
Meanwhile, Airtel Malawi has also appealed to Airtel subscribers to vote Mkandawire to victory.
Airtel Malawi brand and communications manager Isabel Kachinjika said while judges will also contribute to the outcome of the competition, Malawians are being encouraged to vote for Mjura by calling 59911 to listen to all the 13 contestants and vote. They can also text mju to 59911. Both the SMS and the call costs K50.
A $50 000 (K22 milliion) cash prize, alongside a recording deal with Kon Live, a distributed label through Universal Music Group as well as an intense mentorship programme with Akon in US is at stake.