The upcoming A Ka Dope Stars grand finale that is slated for February 2021 will see four contenders battle to bag a recording deal with 101 Music among other prizes according to information from close sources.
The A Ka Dope Stars is a music talent search that was introduced in September 2020 with the intention of creating a platform for the undiscovered talent in Uganda. In addition, the contestants are matched with some of the renowned artists in Uganda’s music industry, who mentor and help them with musical and stage performance tips.
The mentors for the maiden A Ka Dope Stars season include; MUN G, YKee Benda, and Naava Grey. The mentors have held training sessions with different individuals and groups for their solo and group performances.
Three teams comprising four individuals each underwent or still undergoing training and feedback sessions as per the team leader’s guidance. This is purposed to help the contestants to harness their stage performance and vocal ability.
The performances have been held online with participants asked to perform their original compositions which then is followed by a voting process, the leading act in a given team is then announced two weeks after the engagement. The finalists from the different teams include; Mitchy from Team Naava Grey, Emuron from Team MUNG, while for Team YKee Benda, it is still a tight race as the results are still being tallied.
Commenting on the brand’s sponsorship of the Aka Dope Stars, Ms. Michelle Baine, Brand Manager at Roke Telkom said that, “We are pleased to be part of the inaugural edition of the Aka Dope Star series that are aimed at nurturing talent and giving a platform for individuals to take part in something that they are passionate about.”
“There is continued need of individuals to access fast and affordable Internet services as they partake in the different virtual engagements especially when people need to watch, vote for their favorite acts, or connect with friends and family, which are all supported by internet connectivity. Therefore, as an Internet Service Provider, we believe that this partnership with the A Ka Dope Stars was timely to aid our Roke Telkom subscribers to follow up on the A Ka Dope Star updates,” Ms. Baine added.
In his remarks, Mr. Francis Kasura, one of the A Ka Dope Stars event organizers noted that “The unprecedented times greatly influenced how we do things currently, which can be attested to our first A Ka Dope Stars season which was held virtually.”
Kasura further revealed that “The talent that has been witnessed in the different episodes held is unmatched, and we can only wish the best to the individual who will be battling for the grand prize. We have lined up a number of goodies that our grand winner will take home, among which is a Ushs. 2 Million cash reward, fully installed Home Roke Telkom Internet, and a recording deal with 101 music label.”
The finale will be climaxed by individual performances by representatives from team YKee Benda, Team MUN G, and Team Naava Grey. The fourth contestant will be an individual based on the viewer’s choice, who will be disclosed at the grand finale.