Burundi’s Irakoze is TPF6 winner

  • By Linda M. Kagire
  • December 09, 2013
The line up including the the contestants that entered the final weekend

Burundi’s Hope Irakoze is the winner of the Tusker Project Fame season six (TPF 6). He beat first runners-up, the duo of Amos & Josh, Uganda’s Daisy and Tanzania’s Hisia, who came third and fourth respectively at a colourful grand finale, held in Nairobi yesterday.

Basking in wonderful performances
The talented Burundian gathered more votes than any other contestants, walking away with Rwf35m (Kshs5m), plus a recording contract.

Confident from the start, the 25-year-old performer and jazz singer was the man to beat to the top prize, having eased through auditions and easily performed his way to the final day.

Out of all the contestants left in TPF 6 Academy, Hope is one of the few who knew that he had the star power that people like and his ability to win over the judges with his breath-taking performances was a sign that he was in line to win this year’s edition.

Daisy giving it her all
That came to pass last night. As the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Culture Dr Hassan Wario announced his name, the Burundian hunk sunk to his knees and shed tears of joy.

His fellow contestants, as if to concede, surrounded him to congratulate him. Hundreds took to the social media to congratulate the deep voiced singer who is threatening to be East Africa’s next big thing.

Apart from the money, Hope will have a 1 year recording deal with Sony Music. What remains now is to see if Hope will defy odds and remain afloat, considering that most winners of TPF vanish from limelight as soon as they win the regional music competition.

Winner's smile. Hope rocks a performance.
Fittingly, Alpha Rwirangira, the winner of TPF3 took to Twitter to congratulate Hope, pointing out that he couldn’t be happier, wishing Hope the best of luck in his newly launched music career.

Previous and this season’s contestants put up thrilling performances on the final day, including previous winners Ruth Matete and Davis Ntale in what turned out to be one of the most exciting finales of the music contest.

TPF 6 kicked off on October 6. It was aired on Citizen TV and other national broadcasters across the region. Rwanda’s final contestant Patrick Nyamitali was eliminated on the eve of the finale along with Kenya’s Nyambura.

The country had counted on Patrick to bring the money home but it never came to pass. PhionahMbabazi, the other remaining Rwandan contestant had been evicted earlier.

The competition focuses on East Africa’s Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan countries.

The 8-week show is known for creating a platform in which budding singers are trained.

Who is Hope?

Hope Irakoze is a 25-year-old budding singer who performs at Kigali Serena Hotel. Hope is a son of a pastor. His mum too is a singer.

He grew up in a family with 8 boys and 2 girls. Hope has already performed with major East African names like Kidum, so he knows what to do on a big stage.

He enjoys playing the guitar and the plectrum. His role models are Frank Sinatra and Otis Redding. He says Jackson Kalimba, another contestant who represented Rwanda in the 5th edition is one of his greatest singers.

Contact email: lindambabazi[at]newtimes.co.rw.


hooppee you rock man

10:17:07 Monday 09th, December 2013 nairobi - mickywise

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Patrick did better but maliciously thrown out c'se the lady M.C thought him dancing 2wards judge Juliana was a way of corrupting her that's why she commented that he is playing games others wise was the to be winner. to me TFP is was not fair to the Rwandan crew.

10:45:44 Monday 09th, December 2013 kigali - JOHN

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big up hope,welcome 2 the new world of music, new up coming jose camelionzzzzzzzzzzzz in east africa,regards!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11:24:58 Monday 09th, December 2013 kigali - tumrob

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urakoze kyane kyane umwana uwimana, Hope Irakoze.ukobimeze...indeed uli namba one!ndagukunda kayane, imana iguhe umugisha.

11:29:20 Monday 09th, December 2013 Kampala, Uganda - Elizabeth

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This guy with a massive voice from Burundi, began to pose threat to the academy four weeks back after his performances were much felt by the audience who were singing to his beat every moment he took the stage. he knew he had Talent and yes he did!

13:11:04 Monday 09th, December 2013 Gisenyi, Rwanda - Robee

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Hope Irakoze,

You meant on what you were doing,congrats

12:55:16 Tuesday 10th, December 2013 Nairobi - Eliud Melly

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Hope, Congrats!i knew you were a star from the beginning, that's why we kept voting for you.B blessed in all that you do.

14:45:59 Tuesday 10th, December 2013 kenya - vera

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