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Akon to crown winner of Airtel Trace Music Star

20 March 2015, 10:35 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Senegal-born American singer, Akon will be in Kenya to crown the winner of the biggest music talent search competition in Africa on 28th March, 2015.

The spectacular pan-African Grand Finale will be filmed at Enashipai Resort & Spa and will be televised starting on 18 April at 8pm all over Africa on TRACE music channels and national leading Free to Air TV networks.

The final decision to select the winner will be made by public vote and 3 judges who include; Akon, Devyne Stephens, the acclaimed manager of some of the best rap and R&B artists in the world like Alicia Keys, 50 Cent, P Diddy, Mariah Carey and Lynnsha, the multi-platinum artist from the French Caribbean.

Judges will each retain twenty five percent voting power, leaving the public with an additional twenty five percent leverage. 

Public voting polls are open until March 25 and you can vote for your favourite finalist by sending an SMS to the short code dedicated to their country, along with their key word.

To enter the competition, the contestants called an Interactive Voice Respond system with their phone and recorded their songs. Then, in each country, TRACE selected 5 finalists who went head-to-head to win the national title and the right to represent their country at the pan-African finale in Kenya.

Also read: Webi wins Airtel Trace Stars event

More than 2.3 million calls were made by music enthusiasts who wanted to become stars, making Airtel TRACE Music Star be the biggest music competition to ever take place on the African continent.

During a 6-month-selection process in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Gabon, tens of thousands candidates had to demonstrate their skills and talent in their native land.

The overall grand prize comprises of a record deal, promotion and mentorship campaigns for a total value that exceeds $500,000.

The finale will be hosted by Capso and Wanjira Longauer.

Follow the link to meet each finalist: http://bit.ly/1BByvza

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