Hi ya… I am back again this time with a different reality series, Glo Naija Sings season 2.
As usual, I will bring you my weekly musing on the show and this will be coming through late Mondays.
Before that, it won’t hurt to go a bit back because it looks like I have been in the back of a truck the beginning of this show and have some catching up to do, and I am guessing, so do you!
About the show:
This is all about who has what it takes… vocally, to win USD 100, 000 grand prize.
The show – a ‘never-been-done-before’ competition for Nigeria’s brightest and boldest vocal talent. started in 2009, originally Naija sings now Glo Naija Sings. Open to a wide range of musical acts, from sensational soloists to divine duos and groovy groups of up to five people, and the winner or winners (for groups) are guaranteed a stepping stone into the music business in addition to the grand prize.
Once again this year, Glo Naija Sings will be co-produced for M-Net by Storm360 Ltd and Never Machine, and will embrace different musical genres, including Hip Hop, Reggae, R&B, African American classics, African legends and Afrobeat.
It started with picking the entrants from seven cities across Nigeria (Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Kano, Calabar, Benin City and Abuja), with each town putting their best 10 up on stage to vie for a place in the semi-final. Leaving it to the judges and audience to decide their fate.
After that, the best upcoming singers will take part in the semi-final showdown, and then it’s all up to the audiences to vote to keep their favourites in the running and to take these performers to the final early December 2010.
By the way, renowned Nigerian radio personality and music industry expert Olisa Adibua will be taking on a role as presenter/host of M-Net’s Glo Naija Sings once again; legendary Nigerian musical icon Tosin Martins will play a central role in the production as a key judge travelling from auditions in the different cities to the Top 10 stage, which is set to be filmed in Lagos. Also joining them is singer/songwriter, businessman and music producer Ayorinde Ilori Faboro, a.k.a Dokta Frabz, as the Musical Director on Glo Naija Sings, whose most critical task is to provide music guidance and vocal training to the contestants as they approach the all-important Top 10 stage of the series. So get familiar!
Meet your Top 10 – Now Top 8:
Boma: Started singing as a kid and thinks she deserve your vote because she brings something fresh, new and exciting to the show.
Voting No: 1; Age: 22; Home-town: Bonny
Casey: A student with a Diploma in Music from Nnamdi Azikwe University and proud to be part of Glo Naija Sings because of the platform and opportunity it has given him.
Voting No: 2; Age: 27; Home-town: Warri
Da Brodas: Jeff is the youngest finalist on Glo Naija Sings teamed with older brother Fred, an undergraduate student at K.S.U
Voting No: 3; Ages: Jeff 14 and Fred 20; Home-town: Ibaji
Ekeng: In as much as he isn’t quite sure when he started singing, he can recall his first stage performance at the age of 9. He says it feels like heaven when he is on stage singing.
Voting No: 4; Age: 27; Home-town: Calabar
Najite: Been singing from a young age and is in the competition because she feels she has something which the world has got to see and hear.
Voting No: 5; Age: 23; Home-town: Sapele
Moses (Voted out): Moses auditioned to take a chance to make his dreams come true and thinks we should vote for him because he has a wonderful personality and a unique voice… too bad he didn’t stay long enough to prove that 🙁
Age: 19; Home-town: Aniocha South
Niniola (Dropped out): She auditioned for Glo Naija Sings to show the world the passion she has for music, and to entertain people. She feels blessed when she sings.
Age: 25; Home-town: Ilejemeje
Peace: Peace has been singing since the age of 5 and entered the competition because she feels the show is a place for her to express what has been hidden in her for years.
Voting No: 8; Age: 24; Home-town: Umoji
Rasine: Always loved singing, started seriously about 3 and half years ago. Rasine feels connected to the world when she sings.
Voting No: 9; Age: 17; Home-town: Abi
Shedrack: He has been singing since he was 7 and entered Glo Naija Sings to show the world what he has to offer- musically and otherwise.
Voting No: 10; Age: 25; Home-town: Islala Mbano
The Guest judges so far have been Ibiyemi and Ego since the start of the Top 10.
Before I leave you to watch today’s own, below is the schedule and how to vote for your favourites.
M-NET AFRICA SHOW TIMES
M-Net west: Sundays at 21:00 CAT (from 19 September until 5 December)
M-Net East: Sundays at 20:00 CAT (from 19 September until 5 December)
AFRICA MAGIC REPEATS
Sundays at Midnight CAT
Wednesdays at 22:30 CAT
MAGIC WORLD REPEATS
Mondays and Thursdays at 19:00 CAT
Voting opens after the Sunday night show and closes on Thursdays at Midnight.
The dedicated numbers for each contestant are:
1 – Boma
2 – Casey
3 – Da Brodas
4 – Ekeng
5 – Naijite
6 – Moses
7 – Niniola
8 – Peace
9 – Rasine
10 – Shedrack
There are four ways you can vote:
1. Via the Website
You can vote once per hour per registered email address. Voting on the website is free.
2. Via the Wapsite
Type www.mnetafrica.com/naijasings into your mobile browser and start voting. You can vote once per hour and voting via WAP is free.
3. Via Mobile
In Nigeria: Text just THE NUMBER that corresponds to your favourite contestant to 33364.
NB: Mobile voting is exclusive to Glo subscribers and SMS cost N50.00.
In the Benin Republic: Text just THE NUMBER that corresponds to your favourite contestant to 7099.
NB: Mobile voting is exclusive to Glo subscribers and SMS cost CFA150 .
Outside Nigeria and Benin: Text just THE NUMBER that corresponds to your favourite contestant to 2783142100400. This is open to all networks – international SMS rates apply.
You can vote up to 100 times per mobile number during each voting period.
4. Via MXit
Open your mobile phone’s browser and type in m.mxit.com to download MXit for free. Then locate MXit on your phone under the applications or games section and register. Once in MXit, go to Tradepost>Entertainment>MNET and then add the Naija Sings Voting contact.
Voting on MXit is free and you can vote up to 10 times per voting period.
That’s it for now…
PS: If you have been watching X-factor or American Idol, this is even better. Why? Because it’s made in 9ja and as real and “clean” as the rest of them!
… So tune in! 🙂