Monday, June 30, 2008

At Last! African Music On Idols East Africa

For the first time we have seen Africans showcase the beauty of African Music on an African Music talent show. Such irony! The thing is Africans sound better singing African songs and this is what the contest should have been about right from the start. Proudly African. Never mind that yesterday they all sang South African songs. It was good to note too that some of the contestants tried to incorporate something African in their looks either in the clothes, headgear or jewelry. You can always trust Amarra to outdo them all. And at least the presenter did not have pink butterflies on his lapels this time.

I’d always thought that the departure of Cynthia would expose Adiona’s weak singing but it seems I have another think coming. This time round the girl performed like an already practicing musician. She gave her best performance ever since she began her journey on Idols. How African music can transform an African! It’s hard to imagine she’s the same one who murdered Beyonce’s song a few weeks ago! Yesterday she looked and sounded the part and maybe she should stick to this kind of music. All the judges loved her performance. Scar thought it had a beginning and then an end. Duuh! Of course it had a beginning and then an end Mr. Matlhabapiri.

My money is on Eric. The guy is a star performer and a brilliant entertainer as he continues to prove week after week. His song seemed like a serenade for Angie whom he sent into a prolonged blush. She blushed so much she could hardly critique the performance. The audience loved him so much too and got into an even more prolonged frenzy. Only Scar thought that the vocals were not well projected – but those are African vocals Scar! Mellow. If you give the contestants an African theme, are you still judging on the screeching notes that they’ve been aping all along? Scar was clearly not in an African mood anyway. What was raw African authenticity especially in Mukhuluki’s and Eric’s performances translated as bad vocals for this often temperamental judge. And he thought Nicollete’s performance was like kissing a giraffe. Simon Cowel is back.

TK was not impressed with Trina and Amarra’s vocals. He expected better from them judging from their past performances. But what they may have lacked vocally they made up for with the dance moves. These girls can gyrate! Whatever were they upto?!

The giraffe twist was fun to watch. What was that giraffe upto with Nicollete?

Does that independent judge add any value to the show?

12 Comments:

Nairobian Perspective said...

hi wanjiku,seems you are following my drift by rooting for Eric,for one he has a unique strong voice, his music will definately sell

Kirima said...

I missed (actually my dstv subscription expired last week) but I am all for African music. This time it seems you like the boys. when I watch it proper I can critique the performance. I don't like Kawesa and the public don't seem to follow his cue so I think its all irrelevant. The ultimate judge is the public

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

Yeah Collins I'm all for Eric now. The boy likes to dare himself and it works out well.

Mountainous these guys are sooooo prompt in disconnecting. Not to worry though. You can catch the same on KTN on Wednesday. That Kawesa I don't even understand why he's there in the first place.

Our Kid said...

TRINAH all the waaaaaay!

OK, seems I am outnumbered by Eric fans here. I think the show was gr8. Eric is a good performer, if only he tones down on those, Come On irritations. 'Come on, come on. Sing with me!'

Ammara did well and was probably best on the night (and I am not just talking hips) but Mkhululi and Nicolette are in danger of not making the Top 4. That means one could go today and the other next Monday. Then Adiona and Ammara can fight for 3rd place... Aaaah.

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

Our kid the compe is hotting up. Eric has got to stop those theatrics at least for the sake of this show. He can do them all he wants when he starts actually performing as an artist and not as a contestant.

I don't know what happened to Mukhululi. Though he's still good, he used to sing better than this! But not to write him off yet he might pull an Adiona next week.

Nicollete has to do better if she hopes to get anywhere near top 3.

HLumiti said...

The organizers might as well send the four judges home and let Lebo run the show. They're putting in some weird spin to a show that has just began to display good talent from the contestants. What does Angela mean by "you did not connect with the audience" when they've just screamed a prolonged applause! And that Kawesa fellow sounds like he has personal issues especially with the girls. Alinyimwa vitu?

Mo said...

I just saw a few performances on the MNet site and was shocked; many of them have intonation issues (the few videos I saw). Especially Cynthia who is just really, really bad. She keeps trying to push her voice to sound bigger than it really is but the vibrato gets wide and the intonation ('pitchy-ness') becomes even more and more off when she does that.

Anyway, it seems like she's gone now and I can relax.

Go, Adiona!

buttercookie said...

Wanjiku, that lipstick thingie on your previous post look ssuspicious...

-Miss Cheri

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

ha ha ha Miss Cheri welcome to my crib. What's suspicious about the lipstick looking thingy? By the way it's a concealer for men. Correction pen. But it sure looks like lipstick.

Nairobian Perspective said...

wanjiku please mail me at cmbalo at gmail, i have a preposition for you, thanks

Mo said...

ooooh, someone's got a 'preposition' for someone...oooo!

:D

Wanjiku Unlimited said...

Mmmmmmmh Mo. Lol.