It was drama time in Mummy J’s class and drama with a difference. The first scene had Rachael and Ethel as tables, Ruth as a cultist who came to warn Yvonne a lecturer, with Roy directing the scene. The next scene had the table turning in the favour of Ethel and Rachael while Yvonne and Ruth took over the table position. This led to other more interesting scenes; it is evident that these contestants can do more than just sing and are really talented in other ways.
The contestants woke up to their early morning fitness game, but Kemi was not really in a good mood for the day.
During the class, her not-too-good mood prevailed and got into Kaffy's black book which earned her suspension from all the classes for the day. She left the class in tears but rather than apologizing, she just stood there brooding.
In Mummy J's class, Kemi was asked to write an apology letter to Kaffy while she serves her punishment. What really could the matter be?
Guess we need to ask Kemi what caused the emotional breakdown.
Further into Mummy J's class, she asked some of the contestants to act out some emotions like joy, fear, anger and so on.
The contestants were so pleased to see Mummy J. With gorgeous head gear and corresponding silver accessories, she was really a beautiful sight to behold. She settled into her class and in her usual motherly demeanour, and one after the other pointed out the flaws in their last performances timing to correct them; but she did not forget to applaud Monica and Ruth who performed excellently well, and Ese as well whom she feels did not performed badly with her song.
Roy and Yvonne having been paired together to perform Sunny Ade and Onyeka Onwenu’s ‘Wait for me’ seemed to be struggling with the song. Miss Ige in her class addressed them and told them to brace up to the challenge of the song. She then went ahead to rehearse with the others, working on their duets and individual songs. She hit hard on their need to do proper adlibs, sound good notes, and accurate harmonisation.
It was a lovely day and a cheerful one in the Academy for all the contestants after the teary week. Kemi wrote her apology to kaffy on almost countless full-scalp sheets and many tears which earner her way back into the classes after yesterday's suspension. So, the early morning fitness class went well with everyone in top spirit, dancing and cheering each other on. Guess that was a good way to have started the day.
In Uncle Ben and Ige's classes, it was rehearsals and more rehearsals, especially for Didi who has a falsetto song to perform this weekend. All eyes were on him to deliver one of Robin Thicke's most popular hits. The stakes are very high and those that have not really done so well are working hard at it.
Highlights of the past week started today’s show and it was Ade Bantu’s visit to the boot camp for a mentoring session with the contestants.
Ade Bantu is a Nigerian/German artiste and music producer who have worked with the likes of UB 40, African China, Adewale Ayuba and many others. From his wealth of experience and knowledge, he advised them broadly on issues that border on music, telling them not to limit themselves to a particular genre of music, be open to all kind of music. ‘Music is also a spiritual thing, and you are only a vessel’. Expose yourself to different music styles and be hardworking because it takes a lot of hard work, he advised further. Singing sure is a lot of hard work for these budding stars!
A brief clip of Sunday’s show dovetailed into their evening class where Uncle Ben in his class asked why they goofed at their last performances. They all gave different excuses for their poor performances...will excuses take anyone to fame? Uncle Ben in his usual attitude talked senses into them and then doled out the songs to be performed by weekend.
Cobhams Asuquo, a songwriter, singer, pianist, and producer was a guest at the last weekend’s show and also made it to the boot camp to have a mentoring session with the contestants.
He started by explaining what it takes to write a hit song. Children songs, rock songs, hip hop, and other genre of songs and the lines that characterises the genre of the song. ‘if you try to sell yourself to a group of people and you don’t completely identify with them, then your song may not be a hit’ he said. He also took them through the technicalities of song composition. He concluded by saying ‘keep it nice and simple’ and promised to visit them again soon.
Searching through Sierra Leone this year was both work and fun for our crew. In season 1, we had Brenda, season 2 was Anis, Season 3 was Joecelia and last year Velma came in to represent her dear 'Mama Salone'.
Some contestansts who had been trying to give fame a chance since season 1 finally got a 'yes'. How far will this yes take them?
For the new contestansts, some got a yes while majority got 'NOs'.
To watch the good, the not-too-good, and the hilarious moments in Sierra Leone, visit youtube.com/projectfametv and air your candid opinion.
While some found singing reggae songs easy, some contestants like Princess had issues with their lines. This became obvious while rehearsing their group song ‘World of our own’ by West Life. It was rehearsal and more rehearsal in Uncle Ben’s class. Even in Miss Ige’s class, some of them couldn’t really pull through.
What would do the magic by weekend, are they going to evolve and surprise everyone? What are we to expect?
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