Sunday, December 05, 2010

Davis Hillary Ntare is the Tusker Project Fame 4 winner for 2010


Davis Ntare is TPF 4 Winner
Davis Hillary Ntare is the Tusker Project Fame 4 winner for 2010. Davis staved off strong competition from Tanzania’s Peter  Msechu who came in second, and Kenyans Steven Nyabwa (3rd place) and only woman left standing Amileena Mwenesi (4th place). 

Davis makes history as the first contestant in the Tusker Project Fame Academy to bounce back from being rejected to winning the top award. Davis had failed to make the final cut into the 2009 Tusker Project Fame Academy 3 house. Despite that massive disappointment, the singer decided to audition again for the 2010 academy. Davis actually travelled to Nairobi to audition because he missed the Kampala leg of the 2010 auditions. 

Davis now bags 5 million Kenya shillings in prize money. He also stands to benefit from a year long free studio time recording offer with South Africa’s Gallo records. As well various other perks like in studio training from expert session musicians and producers. 

Only time will tell though if Davis manages to carve a musical career and further stardom outside the Tusker Project Fame Academy confines. Previous winners like 2009’s Rwandese winner Alpha Rwirangira, and 2008’s Ugandan Esther Nabaasa have not enjoyed stellar careers as was expected. Alpha’s performance at the opening of the TPF 4 ceremony showed he was a pale shadow of the Lucky Dube energetic admirer he was while Nabaasa has barely registered on the musical scene even in Uganda though there is talk of a second album in the studio that should rescue her career. TPF 1 winner Valerie Kimani has cultivated a slightly more active career since her 2007 winner. 

On this night of his win, Davis was overcome with emotion when he was announced the 2010 TPF 4 winner. The singer collapsed the floor, lying spread-eagled until he had to be helped up by his former competitors as he fought back tears. The singer’s emotional reaction did not leave a dry eye in the audience as Ugandan judge Juliana Kanyomozi also had to wipe away tears. The faculty members seemed as equally stunned and moved by the singer’s reaction, who on this night, had perhaps had his poorest performance. Davis performed Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean as his encore and Judge Ian spoke for the more critical when he slammed the musician for a below par performance on the night. 

However all that was quickly forgotten when Davis was declared the winner. 


Davis’s win ends the year on a rather high note for Ugandan music and arts. Davis’s win closely follows on Maurice Kirya’s 2010 win of the Radio France International New Artist Discovery award. Coincidentally, Davis once performed in Maurice’s band, before deciding to try out for the 2009 TPF. This second win in the TPF competition also comes as a balm for a country and industry that was rocked by the July 11 2010 bomb blasts that claimed over 80 innocent lives in Kampala. Since then the entertainment industry has been slowly picking up and returning to its former vibrancy.

10 comments:

Dennis said...

David, that's fast and beautiful. Davis deserved the win for that stage vivacity if not for anything else. I watched the tears gushing down his eyes and realised how badly the guy wanted it. His story --bouncing from the dejection of last year's rejection to this year's elevation is another testimony that nothing can stop a man from getting what he badly wants. I wish him all the best.

Iwaya said...

Thanks Dennis. Yeah, throughout the 8 weeks he put in some award winning performances, though on this very night I don't know what happened to him. I guess the tension had got to him. Nevertheless I do hope he uses this win to launch himself to bigger things, he certainly deserves it.

antipop said...

awesome review. Love how you have contextualized it to the local music scene, love especially the conc.

Anonymous said...

Davis win proves that if God favor is with you you are unstoppable.Big up bro and good luck as you pursue your career.

Anonymous said...

Davis you proved that nothing is unattainable if only you trust in God.

fruuuty toooty said...

I love you Davis... you are a true inspiration to many and you are a true example of what hard work, determination and faith can take you. You truly deserved it and much more....a bright future awaits you. TPF thank you for giving us for the 1st time an artist that is diverse and full of charisma.

Sleek said...

You've summed it all up even for me who managed to catch only 2 episodes...good stuff

Iwaya said...

Guys, while Davis'win is great news. We can only hope that the TPF guys will give him more than just the cash and year long studio deal. That they will actually guide him through breaking into the mainstream East African music scene. It takes a musician, on their own, about five years to learn how to work the system. With all TPF's resources, one would imagine, two years would be sufficient for Davis to be a self sustaining musician.

theonlinekenyan.com said...

Congratulations to Davis, he was able to come back after a rejection and amaze East Africa. Great performer

Anonymous said...

though i was miles and miles away from ma country i followed each and evry episode since
i had fallen for the cute guy.yu deserved it ma man God is faithful all the best Dave