Rapper, Samuel Owusu, last Sunday night pulled his way through a very thick competition to emerge victorious in the 9th edition of TV3’s children talent reality show – Talented Kidz.
He beat off close competition from colleague rapper, Hakeem Issa, Luther King Monarch band and Peniel Dodoo, the guitarist.
The grand finale was a “face-off” for eight finalist but Nellisa, the hair stylist, GH Acrobats, Okadie band and Nana One dancers were evicted after the first round.
Samuel takes over from DJ Switch known in real life as Erica Tando, who won the Season 8 edition of the programme. DJ Switch made a guest appearance on the night and thrilled audience to a great performance.
Samuel Owusu, who said he draws his inspiration from Sarkodie, proved to be the best among equals with consistent thrilling performances throughout the contest. His two performances on the grand finale gave credence to the fact that he was the ‘salt’ of the most talented kids in 2018.
It, however, did not come easy as the competition was tighter than it had ever been. Colleague rapper, Hakeem commander, gave him a close competition and a good run for his talent.
Hakeem staged a creatively pieced rap art in which he used 24 letters of the alphabet in lines and fluently delivered on a local rhythm beat.
The applause and ovations he received could almost be mistaken as a winning declaration. Hakeem however could not make it beyond the third place.
But Samuel Owusu took it to another level with a well-engineered rap full of punches. His gestures and entire stagecraft was one to behold, unleashing great energy while ‘vibing’ with the crowd.
Peniel Dodoo, the guitarist who was described by the judges as being the most versatile contestant came in second. He was phenomenal on the guitar and the keyboard.
The Luther King Monarch band was also great being the only band that made it to the last stage of the competition. Even though the band had a lot of support from the audience, they could not meet the expectations of their supporters as they came in fourth.
For his prize, Samuel Owusu received a cash price of Gh¢10,000 and a Gh¢15, 000 invested in a educational fund for him.
Story: Edward BLAGOGEE
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