McLuther Mambala proved to be the star that shone the brightest among the rest of the five starlets at the Sunbird Search for a Star grand finale at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre on Saturday.
The young star has escalated in his progress throughout his performances, earning watching public and judges’ love such that he managed to amass a total of 30 percent of the total votes. McLuther went away with the K500 000 ($1 250) grand prize and a recording contract courtesy of Nde’feyo Entertainment.
During the finale, the artist performed Long Tall Sally, a rock ’n roll song originally performed by the Beetles. His performance was privileged with a standing ovation from the start as the audience seemed to enjoy his performance.
Dressed in a pair of jeans, cross-bands, a revolver pistol on a holster cowboy boots and a hat, McLuther was on point. Adding to the spectacle the young talented artist interpreted the song adding drama towards the end of his routine.
Charismatic performer John Chiumia alias Rasta, came second with 22.5 percent of the votes. He has arguably been the most entertaining contestant in the competition with his husky voice that did not only sound unique, but was spiced with his confidence as he performed.
He was the hilarious to watch as he performed English songs which he made to sound like Chichewa.
It was for this reason that he was loved by many yet others did not like him for the same.
Dressed in a grey suit and a sneaker, Rasta performed his own composition,Ziyankhulo which got him through the auditions in Mangochi.
Like all his performances, the audience got on their feet as soon as he hoped on stage, but because the song was new to them, the audience was not as wowed as it was during his previous performances as they attempted to acclimatize to the lyrics.
It was not one of the best finishing moves for the affable Nkhotakota based man. He went away with K300 000 ($750).
Taonga Kamanga came third with her performance, and best remembered for her endearing performance of Bambo A Teleza during the Malawi Night, she managed to get 19.45 percent and walked home with a K200 000 ($500) cheque.
Taonga showed her vocal skills as she performed Because of You by Kelly Clarkson. Her performance was short of energy as, although patrons enjoyed the performance, they did not dance as they did with other performances.
Fourth came Esther Lois, who performed I Forgive You by Kelly Clarkson. Her rock soulful performance earned her a standing ovation.
Alipo Mpita came last with his performance of All of You by John Legend.
Both Esther and Alipo went home with K50 000 each.
Supporting the performances were by Dan Lu, Faith Mussa and last season’s Search for a Star winner Adrian Kwelepeta.