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Up close with TPF’s Daryl

Since its conception in 2008, Tusker Project Fame has gained popularity among the youth.

They see it as a way of achieving instant stardom. Many can attribute their success to the music competition. This year’s edition started on October 13.

The competition has given rise to artistes like Valarie Kimani, the first Tusker Project Fame winner, who  is now reaping the fruits of her labor by being part of the Michael Jackson ‘This Is It’ world tour.

Amellena was a runner up but never gave up when she was eliminated. In fact she has been billed to be most successful in her music career among others.

Universal language

Music is a universal language that we all can understand and in Kenya it is quite amazing how over the years we have seen the rise of talented musicians.

It is not easy to become an accomplished singer hence the need for training in different aspects. Judges like Ian are always ready to squash the bubble of confidence. They, in a way prepare you for negative criticism.

Darryl Senekal, the man behind the scenes, plays a crucial role in the show – that of producer.

Being from Endemol – one of the biggest names in television production, and producers of another African great, Big Brother Africa – Darryl exudes nothing but dedication for TPF6.

But as we found out during the interview, his career as a producer was something that he stumbled upon.

“I was 28 years old when, I was drawn to production, but my expertise has been in IT working for different companies. I started to get interested in production and that is when I partnered with a friend back home in South Africa and started a children’s show called World of Winners and it was very successful. That’s how I was introduced to the media…”

He continues: “Being a producer is so much fun because you are in control of everything that runs on air, every other person in the team has to do what you say.”

Tusker Project Fame has spread its wings and for the first time, Burundi will participate. Daryl is responsible for every aspect of the show.

He must ensure that every single feed is broadcast, that everyone is emotionally checked and the show generates public interest.

“I treat TPF6 as my new born baby that needs extra attention and I am glad that I also have an amazing team working with me.”