Curtis Shume, Angachi, Lexxie and Abdul Yakub were crowned the regional winners for the Coast edition of the Tusker Nexters talent search this past weekend. The competitive final saw 30 finalists battle it out for the top prize at the final edition of a month-long countrywide audition process.
The win this weekend brings to a close the nationwide audition process that saw the competition start early in March at the ASK Showground in Meru then traverse the country. By the end of Sunday, the competition had visited the Mountain region, Lake region, Nairobi and Rift regions and culminated in the final stop in the Coast region.
Speaking on his win, Curtis Shume, who was one of four winners, expressed his sheer joy at clinching the regional title, adding that he is already focused on a much tougher test in the national finals.
“I am still excited at being selected as one of winners of the Tusker Nexters competition in Mombasa. I am happy that the judges recognised my passion for music and determination to succeed in this industry. Now, I begin preparing for the national finals in Nairobi because that will be the biggest test for me yet.”
Thousands of Kenyans across the country have participated in the competition for both music and eSports for a chance to represent their region at the national finals that will be held in May 2022.
The Tusker Nexters talent search platform is part of Tusker’s 100-year anniversary campaign, and aims to bring out the next generation of Kenyan talent in music and sports. It was also an introduction of the broader Kenyan audience to eSports, or electronic sports, which is globally considered as the next frontier of virtual sport.
The two-day audition and knockout eSports competition at the Butterfly Pavilion Mombasa saw a large turnout from the local area with several notable performances from the participants.
The weekend’s Saturday post-audition party also saw amazing performances from the competition judges; Redsan, Fena, and Mejja.
Speaking at the event, Tusker brand Manager, Catherine Twesigye congratulated all the winners for their stellar shows and as she shared her expectation for the national finals in May.
“I must congratulate all the winners today both in Music and eSports. The competition seen in Mombasa is one of the best we have had since the start of the auditions in March.
We are also excited at the sheer number of people that turned out here in Mombasa, showcasing the fantastic talent that the coastal region has to offer. As Tusker, we are excited to see our 100-year celebration being led by these young talented Kenyans. Through the Tusker Nexters countrywide talent search, we are sure that this is the perfect catalyst for these talented and gifted individuals to get the chance to show Kenya what they can do," said Twesigye.
Following the final audition stop in Mombasa, all attention now switches to the national finals in May where the best of the best from around the country will battle it out for the ultimate Tusker Nexters Crown.