|MTN has made available GH¢100,000 (1 billion old cedis) for grabs tonight as four contestants compete for it on one stage at the Accra International Conference Center.
The four are the finalists of the MTN Hit Maker music reality contest and what makes tonight’s show interesting is that the general public has the final say on which of the four walks home with the cash price just by texting the person’s stage name to MTN short code 1327.
The four are Naterial, whose text name is (NAT), Atimbilla, Chiki and Miriam. The public has until tonight to vote for any of the four that best deserves to win.
To spice up the night of music and dance will be Nigeria’s newest entertaining kid on the block Davido, as well as four of Ghana’s finest musicians; Samini, Kwaw Kese, Guru and gospel singer Ohemaa Mercy.
Ohemaa Mercy will be performing alongside Miriam; Guru will be performing with Chiki, Abodam with Atimbilla and the dancehall don Samini would be rocking the stage with Naterial.
Interestingly, Naterial has opted to perform with a live band, alongside Samini and that decision has raised eyebrows because not many Ghanaian artistes are fond of live performances.
Apart from the overall winner walking home with the cash amount of GH¢100,000 and a year’s promotional package, the first runner-up will also walk home with a cash amount of GH¢50,000 and a year’s promotional package.
What makes this particular competition unique is that the contestants will be performing songs which they themselves composed.
Indeed, for the 12 or so weeks they have been in the competition, MTN has sponsored them to record a professionally produced song week after week.
Impliedly, they each walk away with a complete album produced and registered in their names; a novelty that has never happened in the history of music reality shows.
Judges for the competition are Bessa Simons, a seasoned producer and keyboardist who is also the vice president of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA); Ofie Kodjoe, a renowned singer and composer; and Zapp Mallet, Ghana’s celebrated sound engineer and producer.
The event is being handled by Farmhouse Productions and the company’s Chief Executive, Ivan Quashigah, told NEWS-ONE that there would be no losers at tonight’s show because making it to the finals alone meant all four were winners.
He explained that the four made it out of a total of some 1700 upcoming musicians who contested from the beginning.