Burundian Hope Wins Tusker Project Fame Season 7



…contestants of past and present came together in the grand finale…

Tusker Project Fame is nearly over for another year, but on the upside that means we still have the final to watch!

It was a family affair in the final week of Tusker Project Fame. As the excitement of final evictions approached some of the exhilaration of the penultimate night was tempered by the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela. Mindful of the tremendous legacy left by President Mandela the show began with a tribute performance by Kavi Pratt (niece of sitting Kenyan President H.E Uhuru Kenyatta) with the first family there to cheer her on from the VIP marquee along with Mburu Karanja son of former EABL MD Michael Karanja- the Master Brewer who’s signature is on the bottle of Tusker Malt.

Some top flight performances on Sunday left the judges with a tough decision about which final 4 contestants would make the cut. As Hisia, Daisy, Hope and duo Amos and Josh prepare for the grand finale; it was the end of the road for Patrick and Nyambura when they were voted out of the show on Saturday.

Having impressed the judges enough to make it through to the final Daisy (Uganda), Hisia (Tanzania), Hope, Josh and Amos (Kenya) still have their work cut out for them battling it out for the title of Project Fame Winner 2013.

The excitement in the Dome was palpable as former academy contestants came back to support the finalists performing original singles were recent evictees Nyambura who sang “African Party” written and produced by Eric Musyoka and Patrick with his single “Moving On” penned by Chris Adwar.  With the Project Fame family back together the stage was set for a thrilling finale.

In the ultimate show of the season the finalists each took the stage with fellow Project Famers from their respective countries. Waving the flag for Tanzania, finalist Hisia and Mesechu received a standing ovation from the crowd for their electrifying performance of African Legend Fela Kuti’s “She Go Say” and a stirring rendition of Marvin Gaye classic “Let’s Get It On”.

Having impressed with her powerful voice over the weeks, Daisy (the sole remaining female finalist) graced the Dome Stage next lending her voice to Tabu Ley’s “Mzina” alongside Davis. The vivacious songstress wowed the audience with a commanding but controlled performance of showing why she was the last woman left standing in the competition.

Not to be outdone Amos and Josh came out at full throttle singing “Twende, Twene” by Eric Wainana accompanied by Patricia Kihoro. Taking the performance into Outkasts “Hey Ya” the effervescent duo had the crowd in the Dome going wild exiting the stage with fans of the Kenyan duo screaming for more.

The final reunion pair to sing was Hope with Ruth who gave a strong performance though Hope’s vocals stood mountains above Ruth illustrating why he’s been a front runner for the title throughout the season.

A singing battle royale and some show-stopping performance to boot – what more could you possibly want? Fighting for the ultimate crown the final four were ready to take the stage for the final time this season with what could be their debut single.

With a track produced by Eric Musyoka called “Just For You” Hisia ignited the stage, clearly ‘in it to win it’ the young Tanzanian sang like he’s never sung before on the show displaying the vocal development he has nurtured since joining the academy.

Crowd favorite Hope was next up with an original song by Eric Wainina called “Honey”. Performing with the ease of a seasoned professional Hope, gave all l he had, right down to the last note leaving the audience standing in what was one of the best performances of the season.

Dynamic Duo Amos and Josh came next bringing Aoron Rimbui’s “I Love You Baby” to life with an upbeat and energetic performance. Dancing throughout the performance the duo was in their element and did not miss a single beat vocally or rhythmically.

Last on the Project Fame stage was the last woman in the completion Daisy. Belting out the aptly titled song “Lady” the song written by Tim Rimbui, Daisy showed supreme confidence and poise on the stage. Definitely a force to be reckoned with the Ugandan songstress went the extra mile to produce a stellar final performance. 

With the contestants performances over the moment we have all been waiting for arrived. Eager anticipation filled the Dome and as the crowd waited for the final results to be tallied and the winner of Tusker Project Fame season 7 announced, Sauti Sol took the stage performing their mega hits “Money Lover” and “Still the One”. After (number) of weeks of performances East Africa has finally chosen its Project Fame Winner for 2013. Every single body in the Dome erupted into thunderous applause on finale night at the announcement that Hope was the winner of Project Fame season 6.

The popular Burundian Hope, was crowned the Project Fame season 7 winner over some tough competition from Hisia, Daisy, and duo Amos and Josh but ultimately rose above the rest with his captivating personality, engaging performances and blistering vocals.

The future for these young stars looks bright and as we come to the end of the season there’s definitely more for fans to look forward to as we watch the new crop of Project Famers and newly crowned winner Hope take on the world.