Expectation was high that Takoradi would produce very good talent for the show and the over 200 hopefuls who turned up certainly did not disappoint. According to the judges, Takoradi presented the biggest challenge thus far, in selecting the 10 finalist for the main event, since there seemed to be an abundance of talent among the hopefuls who auditioned.
Among the final ten was Gabriel Kofi Bamfo, known in industry circles as Oga B, the Hiplife crooner famous as Samini’s protégé who featured on his ‘African ladies’ joint as well as many other impressive collaborations. Very little had been heard from the young man until his re-emergence at the Takoradi zone competition and he seems to have arrived just in time as he would go on to give the other contestants a run for their money.
The packed crowd gathered at May’s Spot in Takoradi were treated to an amazing display of musical talents on the final day as one after the other they sort to outdo each other. Over two gruelling rounds the amateur performers proved their worth with renditions of popular songs and their self composed Star Beer theme songs.
In the end, judges Cox Tamakloe, A Plus and Jam Master Caesar of Takoradi’s Skyy Power Fm, together with the crowd were unanimous in giving the first place to the young man with his guitar strapped around his neck all night. Gabriel took home a cash prize of 500GH and gets the opportunity to compete for the National title. Khaleb Ousman was third time lucky, after previous attempts in Ho and Accra, coming in second place and will also get to compete in the National Competition on the 3rd of September.
Speaking on why he decided to partake in the competition despite his brief stint in the industry, Gabriel, [ a.k.a Oga B], stated that he felt that the competition was good one and will give him the kind of opportunity that he has never had, to fully showcase his talents to music lovers around the country. Oga B believes that there is a lot of music talent in the country as was exhibited in Takoradi and is looking forward to compete in the National Competition which he maintains poses a real challenge. Local Hiplife favourite, Castro gave a thrilling performance on the night and got the audience gyrating through most of the night.
The next stop the Grab the Mic Train is set for Kumasi for the Ashanti/Brong Ahafo region zone competition.
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