Peter wins Talanta Mtaani season 3
Violinist Peter Muchoki faced stiff competition from second-placed singer Liz and the rib cracking Kidogo comedies all-stars, who came in third, to take home Talanta Mtaani Season 3 crown.
In a show of might and pure bliss, Peter, from Kakamega, astonished many as he beat everyone hands down. He bagged himself Sh600,000 and a year’s contract with Moving Media. “This competition is not all about the money, we educate youngsters’ employability techniques and how to fish. There is no loser tonight, as for everyone this was a learning experience” observed Maurice Okoth, the founder of Talanta Mtaani.
The award ceremony held at the National Museums of Kenya, Louis Leakey Auditorium on Saturday was well attended, with guests and partners witnessing the culmination of the national youth creative talent search. After a gruesome battle among hundreds of contestants, the search narrowed down to nine finalists who took the top slots, but only one carried the day. This season of the Talanta Mtaani show was an epic battle affair. It is one season that had witnessed an overflow of creative talent, with contestants pushing each other to the wall. This, no doubt, made it an uphill task for Kenyans who tirelessly voted till the last minute. However, all through, a majority was dipped along the way during the "heartless" elimination rounds. And what a tense atmosphere this competition created on one of the most watched television shows!
This particular night was, however, a bit different, since there was no judging. The votes were already cast and decisions made. Tempers flew and others uncontrollably wept after being carried away by emotions.
There were speeches in between, from the key partners who had made the show a success and were down to the agenda of the day. But first, a duet between Wandindi and the violinist, as they entertained guests with their wordless version of Despacito. It was an astounding performance.
While addressing the attendees, Standard Group CEO Orlando Lyomu said: “Youths are the future of this country and a generation can get lost it they don’t have mentors or people they look up to. The environment is becoming tougher for the youth by the day since right now a drug peddler is just a corner a way".