The third and final round has ended! And the winner is…
PeaceTones® and our partners, We are watching you! – Campaign, Kenya Ymca: Kibera, Ghetto Youth Focus Foundation – GYFF, and The FAME – Foundation of Artists Managing Events are thrilled to introduce our PeaceTones®: Kenya Songs For Justice Ambassador – Emmanuel Odhiambo! We want to thank every single person who was involved from our partners and supporters, to our judges who made the selection, to the talented, passionate artists who shared their music with us. You let YOUR voice be heard and Emmanuel has taken the title.
Emmanuel will go on to record an album with PeaceTones® and our partner and Kenyan star, Eric Wainaina. He will receive 90% of net profits from album sales, of which a portion will go to a local community development project of his choosing. PeaceTones® will work with Emmanuel to market the album and its message both within Kenya and internationally creating an empowered arts community with a greater sense of legal and social justice truly harnessing the power of music.
Get to know all of our talented 22 artists who participated in the 2014 Songs for Justice online competition
…by viewing their bios on YouTube, here.
2. Dan Amakove – Mathare
3. Jasmin Bolo – Mathare
4. Mcharo Jamhuri – Kibera
5. Daniel Joseph – Kibera
6. Diana Kisiero – Babandogo
7. Solomon Macharia Njeri – Kibera
8. Bonface Muli – Kibera
9. Jackson Munyepa – Kibera
10. Daniel Mwalumbo – Kibera
11. Dennis Mwangi – Babandogo
13. Peter Njunge – Kibera
14. Emmanuel Odhiambo – Kibera
15. Stephen Odhiambo – Babandogo
16. Francis Omondi & Kevin Onyango (group) – Kibera
17. Calvins Ogolla Otieno – Kibera
18. Robert Omollo – Mathare
19. Timothy Ouma – Babandogo
20. Isaac Shaban – Babandogo
21. Mary N. Wajiku – Babandogo
22. Philipina Wambugha – Kibera
A panel of independent Kenyan and American judges worked to select the 22 most promising of the 180 auditioners from our Songs For Justice to take part in an online contest, where the winner receives the opportunity to record an album and tour with PeaceTones®. Each participating musician will upload a song or music video (recorded with PeaceTones®’ help in-country). Winners of the contests shall be determined by public vote on PeaceTones®’ online voting platform, so that audiences are built not only for the winning artist, but for all participating artists.
This contest is a means for artists to practically apply the marketing and technology tools learned in the workshops. The contest will be open to musicians with original music and positive social messages. The contest not only gives publicity to many unknown artists and their amazing works of music, but also helps publicize their messages of struggle, resilience and hope.
The contest winner will become a PeaceTones® Ambassador, record an album with PeaceTones®, and receive 90% of profits from album sales, of which a portion will go to a local community development project of their choosing that is vetted and meets certain criteria. PeaceTones® will work with the winning artist to market the album and its message both within Kenya and internationally. The end products will be an arts community with a greater sense of legal and social justice empowerment, an understanding of their responsibilities and power as musicians, and greater knowledge of practical skills in marketing and using technology.