By Victor Muyakane
Now in its second season, this year’s Airtel TRACE Music Star competition will see Niger join Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zambia as the newest African territory to enter the competition from February 1, 2016.
The best singing talent in each territory will be identified, rewarded and put in competition to run for the title of best African music talent.
To participate, contestants will need to call in a short code number with their mobile phones, record their songs to stand a chance to become the next big music star in Africa.
The grand finale will be held in Lagos, Nigeria.
The grand prize comprises a mentorship program with multi-award winning American singer-songwriter Keri Hilson in Atlanta.
The winner will not only star in their own music video alongside Keri Hilson; he/she will get an opportunity to record a duet with the “Knock You Down” songstress, as well as receive a signed contract with a major music label and worldwide media exposure through various TRACE’s platforms.
The mobile phone based ATMS talent search contest also won the “Best Pan-African Initiative” accolade at the prestigious AfricaCom Awards held in Capetown, South Africa.
Airtel TRACE Music star 2015 winner by megastar Akon, Mayunga won a record deal as well as promotion for a total value exceeding $500,000 and a mentorship programme with Akon.
His first track “Nice Couple” reached number 1 on all major radio and TV charts in his home country of Tanzania.
A few months ago, he was in Los Angeles with Akon to record his second single “Please Don’t Go Away” and shoot the music video.