He came, he dazzled and he won. Alpha Rwirangira waltzed into the Tusker Project Academy a year ago and by the time it was over, he was the king.
Today, the fourth edition of East Africa’s most celebrated and biggest prize money music TV reality show is back in full gear.
For the first time, just like last year when the three-country event was expanded to include Rwanda, the soon-to-be newest African independent nation, Southern Sudan is set to make its grand entry into the music gala.
In Rwanda, the maiden edition of the music audition ended last Sunday August 29, at The Manor Hotel, Nyarutarama where the list of Rwandan TPF hopefuls was cut back to a modest 14.
According to Heidi Ulys, the TPF4 Series Director, the list will become shorter when a final five will get the chance to prove their musical prowess in front of a star-studded panel of judges come September 25, in Nairobi, Kenya the home of the musical academy.
On that day, only three hopefuls will get to make the grand entry into the famed academy.
This season will be special because Rwandans will be waiting with bated breath to see if the nation will be able to hold its own in Nairobi once again.
“Alpha really gave us a pleasant surprise by winning an East African music competition on our very first attempt,” says Ruth Uwimana, a Kigali TPF fan.
Alpha was the first Rwandan and the first male contestant to win the competition since its inception in 2007. Previous winners were Kenya’s Valerie Kimani in 2007 and Uganda’s Esther Nabaasa, in 2008.