Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

22 October 2012

Rwanda: Ugandan Producer Washington to Judge in New Talent Search

One of the best music producers in Uganda, if not East Africa, is going to be part of the judges in the upcoming Dundarstar music and dance talent competition.

Washington has produced some of the biggest artists in Uganda and has also worked with Rwandan ones such as Kitooko among others. In Uganda he produced Bebe Cool until recently when he decided to join the Goodlyfe Crew whose main singers are Radio and Weasel.

Most of the artists that have been produced by Washington have at some point won music accolades in the region and beyond, such as nominations in the most recognized music award in East Africa, the PAM Awards. Washington, who is not only a producer but also an instrumentalist and singer, has been flourishing in the business for over ten years and seems to get even better.

The new "Dundarstar Talent Search" is hitting Kigali city soon, starting with their official launch on November 8 and the first audition on the November 10 at the new Papyrus in Kimihurura.

The East African Bashment Crew, Juliana Kanyomozi and Goodlyfe Crew (Radio and Weasel) are set to produce the DundaStar show which will air on Rwanda Television every week; they will appear alongside other celebrities yet to be announced and a guest judge in the weekly shows. The winner of the singing category will walk away with a recording contract with Washington.

"I am excited to be part of this," Washington said when contacted by phone. "I am happy that Rwandans are finally recognizing talent and giving it the respect it deserves. It is high time Rwandans stopped looking at music and dance as something for the uneducated, but a form of education itself. You can go to school, get a degree and still make a career out of music or dance like I have done," he said.

"I am sure we shall encounter challenges along the way but they can only make us stronger, and in the end we shall succeed in discovering the hidden talent from the shadows, nurturing it and creating Rwanda's next super star!" he added. "This is a big opportunity for the Rwandan government, big corporate companies, parents, youth and all Rwandans to support their own talent so that music and entertainment can evolve into music, entertainment and business."

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