NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 16 – A group comprising five young musicians from a city estate have emerged winners of the Telkom Kenya mobile phone service – Orange – sponsored ‘Hood to Hood’ competition.
Christened Kikosi, the young Kenyan artistes are now owners of an exclusive video recording deal courtesy of Orange.
The deal will give them an opportunity to ‘live it up and experience life as professional artistes and their song will be produced into a \’phat\’ music video.
The youths in their mid-twenties, come from the fabled Dandora Estate and were selected from a finalist set of six other talented performers early last month.
Their winning song is titled ‘Dando’, with its underlying theme centred on life in Dandora and what Orange has done for them in their hood. In their own words it\’s about life in Dandora and what Orange has done for them as boys from that hood.
Orange gave young people an opportunity to showcase their musical skills by inviting them to compose and perform an original song that would represent their neighbourhood, through a series of \’Hood to Hood\’ weekend block parties held at different estates over one and a half months.
The neighbourhood songs were then judged by members of the public who voted for their favourite track via SMS.
"We are very delighted to have won this recording deal from Telkom Kenya. It\’s like a dream come true not only for us but our entire hood as well," said an elated Alfred Malanda, a leader of the group.
Norah Owako-Mbaya, Telkom Kenya\’s Youth Market Manager congratulated the winner and commented: "We\’re always keen to support young talent and enable Kenyans to achieve more. Hood to Hood has been a great way for young people to develop and share their musical skills whilst also bringing neighbourhoods together in support of their creative efforts."
More than 40 Nairobi estates took part in the competition including Githurai, South C, Eastleigh, Nairobi West, Umoja and Buruburu.
Orange is keen on supporting youth talent and sponsored both the Mr & Miss USIU pageant and the annual Kenyatta University Culture Week last year.