KAMPALA — Living up to their promise, A Ka Dope through the A Ka Dope Stars under the mentorship of talented songstress Naava Grey aired the first episode of the talent search online on Sunday night with three artistes, Haddad Nsubuga, Mitchy, and Bella.
While at it, each contestant was tasked with performing one cover and one original composition. During this episode, the fans were also able to have some insight into the contestants, listening to their life stories and their recounts of how they got into music.
The curtain was opened by Haddad Nsubuga aka Haddy singing Azizi Azion’s ‘Nkumila Omukwano’. Haddy, a warehouse attendant who did justice to the song. He sealed his performance with his original composition titled ‘Omwana’ that according to him, is inspired by a true love story.
After Haddy, Mitchy came next and treated the audience to yet another energetic performance. The afro-pop enthusiast performed her original composition titled ‘Lies’ based on her personal experience with men. Mitchy hopes that the Uganda Waragi platform will be her breakthrough in the entertainment scene.
One of the highlights of the show was a joint performance of Naava Grey’s hit ballad ‘Soka Lami’ allowing the contestants to showcase their vocal range alongside their mentor.
The premier episode was sealed off by an electronic contestant, Isabel Namubiru. The Uganda Airlines air hostess started with Whitney Houston’s ‘Dancing with somebody’ cover and finished with her song titled ‘Believer’ which said was her story as she struggled with self-esteem issues in her earlier life.
For the contestants to qualify for the next round, their fans will have to vote for them online by visiting the A ka Dope website star.akadope-ug.com and Uganda Waragi social media pages.
A Ka Dope set out to provide a platform for undiscovered artists to explore their potential. This year in a talent search dubbed ‘A Ka Dope Stars’, the organizers will be looking for Uganda’s next music star with the support of 101 Music, Uganda Waragi and Roke Telecom making it possible for them to walk away with a music recording deal and a cash prize of UGX 2 million.