Saturday, 7 July 2012


Endemol Kenya, the production house behind the ongoing reality Show, Tusker Project Fame released a statement on the ongoing discussion on the inclusion of Jackson Kalimba, a 25 year old Rwandan national in the fifth edition of TPF5.
They claim that "as a matter of strict procedure, due diligence and appropriate background checks are conducted on all contestants – prior to clearance and admission.

"Jackson Kalimba was cleared to participate in the fifth edition of Tusker Project Fame, Endemol Kenya Limited having certified that he did not qualify as a professional musician; while he has an independently produced music video online, there is no evidence to prove that he has earned an income from this nor does he have any recording contract to warrant his classification as an established professional artist," adding, "While we are aware that he has performed as a background vocalist, and possibly earned an income from this role, our considered position and clarification to all Tusker Project Fame contestants and fans is that this does not in any way contravene the clauses governing participation in Tusker Project Fame."

So, what would be the definition of a professional artist in your view? "Based on the facts on records, Jackson has not previously had the kind of opportunity that TPF presents to record an album and advance his musical career and therefore is competing on an exactly equal platform like the other contestants in TPF5. The reference to his online video does not therefore bar him from proving his skills for this lifetime chance to become a fully recognized professional artist."

And what if Jackson wins this season? "This would purely be measured on his overall skills and performance prowess as judged and determined by a number of factors including the control that judges, the faculty and the larger public audience must all participate in the process to settle on the ultimate winner. The decision is therefore not a preserve of any class of interests."

So there you have it.