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Meet the Talented Finalists of Sol Generation’s Artist Development Programme



Meet the Talented Finalists of Sol Generation's Artist Development Programme

Six Female East African artistes have been shortlisted for the Sol Generation Artists Development Programme aimed at equipping them with the necessary skills to develop their talents and compete globally. 

The programme dubbed Press Play will provide the artists with industry knowledge and competitive techniques to thrive in the global music scene as African music continues to gain popularity worldwide. 

Sol Generation CEO Nanjero says the top six were chosen from a pool of 400 artistes who applied for the programme. 

“We are amazed by the talent the region has. We appreciate the overwhelming response we got when we called out for entries. The region has more than enough talent to take the industry to the next level,” he said. 

Among the chosen include the Tanzanian Indie RNB singer  Lukundo Sikombe, Kenyan Rockstar Bakhita Muniafu, Arline Conslate,  Yong Dana, Wakesho and former NTV’s  Generation 3 TV host Juanita Tunu. 

“When I sent out my audition I was so scared, because  I was sure they wouldn’t pick me but God had other plans. The same evening I sent out my entry, I was called for Auditions.  I’m expecting to be the best. I want to sing my soul out, wanna show the world what good music is,” said Ariline Conslate one of the chosen contestants. 

According to Wakesho, another beneficiary, the project is a dream come true. 

“The opportunity has come at the right time when I was almost giving up on Music. This is a testament that I was made to entertain, I want to thank Sol Generation Directors Bien, Savara, Chimano and Fancy Fingers for the opportunity, I will not let them down,” Wakesho noted. 

The six will undergo rigorous training in brand development, song writing,dance and performance,  marketing, voice training, music distribution among other topics that will help them further their career. 

“We are excited about the top six picked for the programme, they are young and hungry, they will make great Eastern African acts in the near future and take our music to the next level,” said Sol Generation Directors.

The six month program is  funded by the Ignite Culture Fund, curated by British Council and Heva Fund and will culminate in the production of an EP for the top four musicians. 

“”It feels like the start of something new, my foot is now in the door and I’m excited for the future. Music is hard doing independently and I am grateful for this opportunity. I’m like clay and have been given to the potter, and they will mould me,” said Juanita Tunu. 

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