EMMANUEL Msuya from Mwanza emerged winner of this year’s Epiq Bongo Star Search (EBSS) and took home 50m/- cash at the grand finale held at Escape 1 Hotel in Dar es Salaam on Saturday night.

Five contestants who made to the final were Msuya, Amina Chibaba, Maina Thadei, Melisa John and Elizabeth Mwakijambile, but Amina and Maina were eliminated after the second round.

Announcing the winner, Benchmark Managing Director, Rita Poulsen congratulated Msuya’s parents for assisting his son for the great stage he has reached so far and agreed that he deserved to win.

“For the past six months, we have invested so much to make sure we get the real star and today the dream has come true after Emmanuel Msuya, who was the only male left in the competition, becomes the winner,” said Poulsen.

She congratulated all who took part in the race, adding that it has really proved that Tanzania has got many talents. She also noted that the season has witnessed an extremely electrifying performance that made the grand finale a historic journey.

Poulsen told the media recently that 20 per cent of the 50m/- to be awarded the EBSS winner will be used to develop and promote his music carrier in future.

She said her company would look for a management company that would enter into a legal agreement with the winner on how the money will be spent to develop Msuya in the music industry.

“We have noticed that some of the previous EBSS winners used the money in different lifestyles forgetting to advance their music career,” Poulsen said.

The show was also graced by other music celebrities such as Barnaba Boy, Walter Chillambo, Peter Msechu, Snura wa Majanga, Shaa, Young Killer, Makomandoo and Borabora band.



Hatma ya kinyang’anyiro cha kumsaka nyota wa bongo katika wasanii wanaochipukia Bongo Star Search, limekamilisha na mwanadada Misoji Nkwabi amesimikwa rasmi ushindi huo baada ya kuwazidi washiriki wengine watano amabo alikutana nao kwenye fainali hizo.

Licha ya kupewa Fedha Misoji alijinyakulia simu kutoka kampuni ya LG, Sofa seti toka the Living Room, TV, Gomputer, nafasi ya kusoma chuo cha uandishi wa Habari Times, ngazi ya Diploma pamoja na zawadi nyingine kem kem.


A Mwanza based artiste Paschal Cassian emerged the winner of this year’s Bongo Star Search (BSS) final and took home 25/- million and an album recording deal with Benchmark Productions.

He also became winner of the best composed lyrics that sensitize the risk and spread of the HIV/Aids pandemic and received 1.5/- from Family Health International (FHI).

Kigoma based contestant Peter Msechu who was a accompanied by his MP Zitto Kabwe at the final was the first runner-up and pocketed 5/- million.

Dar es Salaam region representative Kelvin Mbati become the second runner-up to the disappointment of his avid supporters who had turned up in large numbers.

The event took place at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar es Salaam, during the eve of Mwalimu Nyerere’s Memorial Day.

Jackson George from Tanga and Beatrice William from Mwanza took number four and five positions respectively.


Walter Chilambo defeated four other singers to win the Epiq Bongo Star Search (BSS) title at the final session held at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar es Salaam on Friday night.

Walter started in a slow note and kept on gaining momentum as the event continued.

Walter was overcome with emotional joy immediately he was announced the winner. The singer collapsed into the floor and was helped up by chief judge Rita Paulsen as he fought back tears.

He staved off strong competition from Salama Abushir and Wababa Mtuka who finished second and third, respectively.

Walter was awarded Sh50m and also stands to benefit from a year-long free studio time recording offer from the event’s sponsors, Zantel.

Modern Taarab singer, Mariam Mohamed wins the fourth edition of Bongo Star Search (BSS) singing competition after beating four other contestants in the final at Mlimani City in Dar es Salaam on Friday night.

She was awarded Sh30m while James Martin and Joseph Payne were second and third winners and walked way with Sh10m and Sh5m respectively.

Fourth and fifth places went to Bella Kombo and Salum Waziri who received Sh1m and Sh700, 000 respectively.