By Steven Odeke
For her sweet, strong vocals and stage personality, Sandra Suubi won herself sh100m at the finals of the Airtel Trace Music Star (ATMS) competition at Kampala Serena Hotel last Saturday.
The chance for her to link up with American RnB superstar Akon to record a song in the US is drawing closer with only one hurdle in her way — to beat 12 other African ATMS winners next month in Nairobi.
The competition started last October, attracting thousands of aspiring singers.
The finalists included established singers Allan Toniks and Dan Flavour, but the two lost to the relatively unknown Suubi.
The night’s emcee, Dave Kazoora and the judges (James Onen, Angella Katatumba and producer Washington Ebangit) laboured to explain to the audience that the competition sought a singing star, established or not, to represent Uganda.
Suubi’s fans voted the most and beat contestants Bruno Kiggundu and Toniks in the last three race. The night had the finalists singing to a live band and their performances dissected by the judges, but by that time, the auditors had known the winners.
Jose Chameleone was one of the night’s grand performers and he graced the night well with his music. It was all over by 11:00pm.
Airtel Trace Music Star grand finale on Saturday
Airtel trace star judges unveiled
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Sandra Suubi wins Trace Music Star competition