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Samputu Joins TPF6 Panel Of Judges

Legendary singer Jean-Paul Samputu has been selected to join the panel of judges for Tusker Project Fame Season 6.

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Samputu will join Ian Mbugua, Juliana Kanyomozi, Hermy B and Eric Wainaina to rate performances from contestants taking part in the regional reality music TV show, currently taking place in Nairobi, Kenya.

Samputu, who is arguably one of Rwanda’s most experienced and talented singers began work on Saturday, October 19, during the performances and continued through Sunday during the eviction night.

It is the first time Rwanda will be represented on the panel of judges on the show which is in its 6th season and there could be no better candidate than vocalist and peace activist Jean-Paul Samputu.

Speaking to The New Times from Nairobi, the elated singer said he was honoured to be part of the show which came as a big surprise.

The singer had travelled to Nairobi to check on fellow singer Kidumu, who had been hospitalised. He got news of his selection, from Nairobi-based Rwandan producer R-Kay Kamanzi.

“I was informed that they had actually been looking for me in vain. So before I knew it, arrangements were made to include me on the panel,” Samputu said. Samputu said that he had previously been contacted to be part of Tusker Project Fame but his busy schedule would not allow him.
“I guess my presence will encourage them [Rwandan contestants] and give them that psychological motivation they need just like any other East African,” the singer.

Samputu has won several accolades for his music and work for unity and reconciliation in Rwanda. He was recently recognised at a TEDex event in Holland, where he was invited as a guest speaker.

He has been a judge or advisor before on different competitions and music events in Rwanda and Canada. The singer, who was based in Canada for more than eight years, has since returned home and he is working on several projects in and outside Rwanda.

Monday, October 21, 2013