NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 10 – The winner of the Tusker Project Fame 2 (TPF2) Esther Nabaasa Mugizi is expected in Kenya on Tuesday after spending three weeks recording her first album in SA with Gallo Records.
Esther’s contract with Gallo, which was one of her prizes after winning the reality contest, stipulates that her album should be ready by March.
Tusker Brand Manager, Irene Gitonga, said the Ugandan star would be in Nairobi for three days where she will meet fans and do media interviews.
“We would like to take this opportunity to help Esther create awareness on her new album so that as soon as it is released next month, fans can look out for it,” disclosed Ms Gitonga.
Esther flew to South Africa on January 19 in the company of her manager, who was also a TPF2 judge – Tshaka Mayanja, and has since then been in the studio recording her first album.
Organisers have not revealed the genre of music that she was recording.
“Until this album is released in March, we cannot say what kind of music she has done. But it is something great and her fans are sure to be pleased,” promised her manager.
Apart from the recording contract with Gallo Records, the 22-year-old Telecommunication Engineering student at Uganda’s Makerere University won Sh5 million, a laptop from KDN, medical cover from Resolution Health, a beauty contract from Ashleys plus a phone from Kool Phones.
Gallo Records owns over 75 percent of all recordings ever made in South Africa, including those by artists such as Ladysmith, Hugh Masekela, and Grammy Award winning music diva, the late Miriam Makeba.
The third season of this East Africa Reality TV show is due to begin in just over one month and this time contestants from Rwanda and Burundi will be included.
During the announcement recently Tusker Regional Manager Carol Ndungu said the six-month contest for the best musical faculty in the region will be a dramatic battle of talent and intrigue.
“This time we are looking to the larger East African region as we know it, so we will be looking into how we can get artists from those countries (Burundi, Rwanda) to participate in TPF, opening up the opportunities that Tusker presents,” she said.
Contestants who pass the auditions will be short listed in readiness for the Tusker Project Fame (TPF) Academy. These, Ms Ndungu said, would be 30 housemates in a music school.
The show will be produced by Endemol East Africa on behalf of East African Breweries Limited.