by: michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
Even as the 2018 edition of the Vodafone Icons show rounds up tomorrow Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Achimota Retail Centre; franchise holders Vodafone Ghana invited the media over to interact with the finalists at the Accra Mall on Thursday to gauge their readiness for the big day.
Blakkpepper picked the thoughts of the lucky eight who shrugged off keen challenge from other representatives from Tamale, Kumasi, Takoradi, Tema, Dansoman and Nima to be the last men and women standing.
For Serwaa; born Millicent Serwaa Boamah; she is grateful to the musical directors who helped groom her adding the High Skool Band who have been the resident band have been awesome such that she’s learnt valuable musical lessons from them.
She explained: “I needed a platform to offer my musical gift to a wider audience and the Vodafone Icons gave me the opportunity,” noting the GHS100,000.00 recording prize would help her advance musically.
Serwaa who currently assists her sister to run a clothes chop hopes to become a musician in addition to being a fashion designer.
But where does the admiration for singer Sista Afia come from?
“When I first heard her song ‘Are You Ready’ I just fell in love with her and I have been a fan since,” she laid bare.
For Kumasi ambassador, Tyna born Ernestina Adjei; she is delighted to have come thus far. The singer noted that even though she does not have ready written material of hers yet, she is set to start writing her own songs to own her tune and wining the ultimate prize of the Vodafone Icons show would advance her cause.
Calm and collected Evance informs Blakkpepper that his participating in the Icons show this year has been most beneficial such that he’s learned mic control, gone through vocal training, learned to sing to crowds, performed with a live band and appreciated time management.
Evance keeps a keen eye on Sarkodie, Kojo Antwi and DL adding he can write his own songs.
The restless A.A. Smart born Affrim Addae Smart is the singer from Takoradi capable of rendering Highlife, Afrobeats, Gospel and RnB genres.
“The journey has been great; from the audition to live shows. I have built my confidence too and learned public speaking,” Smart opined. The man who says he can write his own songs and also plays the acoustic guitar revealed he actually joined the Kumasi audition but narrowly missed entry so journeyed to Takoradi and got picked.
Musical influences include Kojo Antwi, Daasebre Gyamenah, Amakye Dede, Kwasi Pee, Kwame Eugene, Kidi and King Promise.
Man Bogo Blay is a formidable fellow, not given to too much smiles. Bogo appears to be always in thought and for good reason for Bogo’s style is different with the ability to rap and put on a show.
You might not believe it but Bogo mentioned to Blakkpepper that his music inclinations span the Reggae and Country Music genres noting that everyday life happenings is reflected in his music.
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The man who likes to represent Africa proudly mentioned Damian Marley, Alpha Blondy, Judy Boucher and Jim Reeves as folks whose music he loves to consume. Bogo is not married, has four siblings and oh ‘paps’ and ‘mums’ were really ecstatic to have seen him on TV performing.
For Richie who says he has a decade’s experience in the music circle as a bassist, lead guitarist, drummer and keyboardist; he reckoned it was time he nurtured his musical gift in addition to his technical skills. The Tamale Icons ambassador declared he’s performed with the likes of Blakk Rasta, Willie & Mike and Lord Kenya since his conversion to the Christian faith.
“Singing is my thing but I joined this year’s Icons to better understand how to play,” Richie further rendered.
Agatha Verony Swatson simply known as Verony in the Icons show told Blakkpepper although her stint with the show had its pressure moments; it’s been a most enlightening experience.
Already, Verony leads the Yibor Afrik Band she set up with her man-love Rudolf who doubles as the band’s manager but she submitted “I shall be delighted to officially launch my career by winning the GHS100,000.00 grand recording prize at stake.”
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Nana Yaa and Emeli Sandé are her musical influencers.
King Garo born Sabakpo Eric Selorm hailing from ‘2H City’ Hohoe but having auditioned at Nima and hoisting the Nima flag high with his dancehall mannerism and musical offerings, believes he is the man to emerge the ultimate winner.
King Garo who says he’s done music for a year prior to the Vodafone Icons experience revealed he was a coy fellow but is now assertive adding “I joined the Icons train to reveal my musical gift to the world.”
Asked how he managed to speak Jamaican Patois with such roll of the tongue; King Garo informed Blakkpepper that “when you love girls you become a womanizer, so I love the Caribbean music and culture so paid attention to the music, movies and interviews of the notable names picking up the words.”
According to Garo; Sean Paul, Damian Marley, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Jupita, Samini, Epixode and Rudebwoy Ranking are folks whose music he enjoys.
Curiously, Garo is a teacher trainee in Hohoe but his music addiction has been so strong that he is in the capital chasing that dream in the Vodafone Icons.
Blakkpepper wishes the finalists the very best of the day tomorrow although visuals will hit the screens a week after.