Star Quest, the music talent show which produced major Nigerian music and entertainment stars like KCEE, Klint D’Drunk, Mr Raw, and helped kick start the careers of many others like Presh, Psquare, DJ Switch and more, may have been rested by the organizers.
The show, which started in year 2002, has not held in two years, and news emerged on Wednesday that the company is launching a new talent show called The Winner Is.
Insiders are saying the new show will take off from where Star Quest stopped, but will feature entries from soloists, groups, friends in knock out musical duels with contestants also faced with dramatic game decisions to be made in order to win the available cash prizes.
Star The Winner Is, a music and game show which will crown the winner with a cash prize of N10m and brand new car.
Nigerian music stars, 2face, Tiwa Savage, M.I, Olamide, and 20 other artistes are set to thrill fans in 10 cities lined for the annual Star Music Trek.
After weeks of speculation, the full artiste line up for Music Trek 2014 has finally been unveiled.
The sensational unveiling, which held at the Federal Palace Hotel Victoria Island Lagos on March 19 in a scintillating sign-on party was well attended by dozens of celebrity guests, including Olisa Adibua, Toni Kan, Uti Nwachukwu, Tee-Y Mix, Mark Redguard, Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi, Tunde Ednut, Mo’ Eazy, D’Tunes, HarrySongs.
Hosts, Gbenga Adeyinka, DO2UN of Cool FM and Laf Up ensured that the suspense was fully maintained with guests left guessing right up to the final unveiling of who would eventually make up the Star 2014 Trek line up.
This year’s selection of Nigerian stars comprises an exciting combination of artistes at the top of their game with a few major surprises. Still on the Trek this year are fans’ favorites, Tiwa Savage, 2face, M.I, Olamide and many others. Noticeably missing, however, are D’banj and dynamic duo P’square, who featured prominently on the 2013 Trek.
The surprise introduction of Davido, and Wizkid promises to spice things up!
Artistes on Music Trek include 2face, Tiwa Savage, M.I, Olamide, Davido, Wizkid, Wande Coal, Sound Sultan, Pasuma, Mr Raw, Dr Sid, Naeto C, KCee, Sean Tizzle, Phyno and May D.
Hosts are Gbenga Adeyinka, DO2TUN of Cool FM and Laf Up with DJ Xclusive, DJ Neptune, DJ Switch, DJ Blaise as official DJs for The Trek.
The Trek 2014 will be touring the following cities across the country, Nsukka (29th March), Makurdi, (5th April), Uyo (12th April), Umuahia (19th April), Orlu (26th April), Ekwulobia, (3rd May) Onitsha Fegge, (11th May), Benin (17th May), Ado Ekiti, (24th May), and Lagos May 31st.
Abia state-born Ukeje Okechukwu Edwards, also known as Mr. Raw-formally known as ‘Dat Nigga Raw’-is one of Nigeria’s unique hip-hop artiste. He raps and sings in his local dialect of Igbo language.
Mr. Raw was the Guest Artiste of the week, on our weekend breakfast show; Sunrise Saturday, and spoke his mind on his career and how it all started.
Formerly known as ‘Dat Nigerian Guy Anakpo Raw (NiG.G.A), Mr Raw, confessed how he contested in musical competitions without the belief that he will pursue a career in the now lucrative Nigerian music industry.
He claimed he was only enjoying himself in his self styled “Igbo-pidgin English hip hop” when he started, but was encouraged by family and friends to further his interest and “it has made me a star today”as he confessed.
Refused to be phased by his stardom, Mr. Raw downplayed the title, “Music Don from the East” but rather preferred to be addressed as an artiste from the east, acknowledging other rappers/singers from the Igbo dominated South-Eastern region of Nigerian.
He went down memory lane to explain reasons behind the name “Dat Nigga Raw” and the decision to change the name.