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    Ho grabs the mic

    by The Buzz
    posted Monday, 13 July 2009 11:20| 0 Comments

    The Volta Regional capital of Ho came alive over the weekend as the ‘GRAB THE MIC’ train stopped over for the Eastern/Volta region zonal competition.

    The search for the next Ghanaian and African music icon attracted over 200 people from both the Ho municipality and its environs and as far as the eastern region. Some of the hopefuls who could not make the cut in the Greater Accra zone also made the journey to take another shot at the competition.

    The judges included Multimedia Broadcasting’s Cox Tamakloe and Mawuli Hector Ayivor, an on air personality at Ho’s Volta Premier Radio station; these judges would be joined on the second day by ace Hiplife emcee Hiplife emcee Kontihene.

    Most of the hopefuls sang in their local dialects with just a few singing in English. There were also lots of Ayigbe Edem wannabees, as one after the other they sought to impress with renditions of the Hiplife emcee’s hit joints, most of which did not turn out too well. At the end of the first day’s auditioning 9 finalists made the cut to compete for the zonal prize the next day.

    The zonal finale was staged the next day at Ho’s most favored rave joint, Rabazey. The finalists had the task of performing selected songs to impress both the judges and a packed crowd of over a thousand townsfolk who had taken over the streets of Ho.

    In the first round most of the contestants managed to impress the crowd but the judges seemed less enthused by their performances. However five contestants managed to make it to the final round where they were required to perform their self composed Star Beer themed songs using queues as specified by the judges. Again the contestants pleased he crowd but not the judges. Ace Hiplife emcee Kontihene, showed the amateurs the way with a thrilling performance of some of his popular joints to a roaring crowd that definitely looked to be enjoying the show.

    At the end of it all, Roland Williams, one of the contestants who tried out in Accra, emerged the victor this time around with Grace Boateng another second timer coming in as first runner -up. Crowd favorite, the dreadlocked Francis Abass, came in third place to the disappointment of the crowd.

    The top three took home GHC 500, GHC 300 and GHC 200 respectively as well branded products from Star Beer. The first place winner and the second place get the opportunity to compete in the national finals for a shot at a cash prize of GHC 4000, a recording contract, a lucrative endorsement deal from Star Beer and much more.

    The Star Beer ‘Grab the Mic’ train moves on to Takoradi next for the Western/Central region zonal competition.

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