Arusha contestants for the Epiq Bongo Stars Search have given the judges’ difficult moment in short listing the final best five.
Over 800 contestants turned out during the event held for two days at the Triple A here.
The judges were spoilt for choice as contestants produced Hip Hop compositions and other music tastes.
The event’s chief judge, Ritha Paulsen, said as contrasted to the previous editions, this time the participants have completely rocked the judges’ panel.
‘Honestly, every region we have visited has had its own tastes, but Arusha, as expected, has rocked us all and gave us hard time to select the five representatives,’ said Paulsen.
The Benchmark Productions’ boss underlined the firm’s role as to search for talents, not promotion of artists. She urged other stakeholders to join hands promoting the talented artists.
“We also advise these young artists on proper channel to follow thereafter as some have talents for film acting, modelling and what have you. It’s better for them to make use of the available options instead of wasting time in music in which they might not make the ends meet,” said Paulsen.
Commenting the Epiq BSS show here, Zantel marketing director Deepak Gupta said his firm is prepared to part with staggering 50m/- to the overall winner.
“We give thumbs up to all young men and women who have turned out here to facilitate the search. Zantel has also organized a social media campaign, where those with talents, even if they won’t be selected, they will get an opportunity to be seen,” said Gupta.
The EBSS season kicked off in Zanzibar a fortnight ago before moving to Lindi and Mtwara and then Arusha.
The EBSS has proved to be a gold mine to aspiring youngsters and some of them had their life transformed.