IN an effort to promote Kiswahili, StarTimes Tanzania is planning to extend its Swahili Voice Talent search to enable a large number of youth participate in the talents search.
Star Media Tanzania Vice President Zuhura Hanif unveiled recently in Dar es Salaam during the grand finale of the 2017 Voice Talent show saying the company is looking forward to extend the competition so as to attract many participants to showcase their talents and earn employment.
StarTimes Swahili Talent competition which commenced last year had in this year’s event held auditions in three venues; Zanzibar, Mwanza and Dar es Salaam regions. Only Dar es Salaam staged the talent search when the firm staged the inaugural event last year.
Hanif added that apart from the voice dubbing competition that gives Tanzanians, especially the youth a platform to showcase their talents, the talent search also promotes Kiswahili language and its arts internationally.
“StarTimes Swahili Voice Talent show search is one of the approaches used in promoting Kiswahili language and it serves as source of employment.
The whole project, according to her, has already benefited several Tanzanian youth who emerged the winners of the contest who are now employed directly at our company headquarters in Beijing,” she unveiled.
In this year’s finale judged by Swahili poetry artist, Mrisho Mpoto, Bongo Movie star, Jacob Steven alias ‘JB’ and Hilda Malecela, ten youth were picked after a stiff competition.
There were 25 contestants who cruised into the final stage from auditions held in Zanzibar and Mwanza, where each five contestants were picked. Dar es Salaam produced ten finalists.
The ten winners of the 2017 finals were Coletha Raymond, Hosea Joel, Bakari Hassan Masasi, Alex Herbert, Doreen Ponera, Hamza Tambwe, Jacqueline Shuma, Ali Ahmed Shani, Mathias Komba and Mustapha Mussa Senzia respectively.
In the final gala held over the weekend, the panel of judges picked ten participants who have been offered a one-year employment at the StarTimes headquarter in Beijing.
This is the second time for the company to run the competition through its brand name StarTimes and Star Swahili Channel. Apart from being awarded employment opportunities, the winners were also awarded various gifts including television sets and mobile phones. 1052