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One of several thousands of Ugandans expected to participate in this adventure will become the first ever Luganda – a local dialect – commentator in SuperSport’s latest search dubbed Tabira Endiba.
Tabira Endiba, launched in Kampala on Thursday, follows Kenya’s own version of Kiswahili commentary dubbed as Bonga Boli, which was won by Micheal Were Odhiambo, as MultiChoice – under their SuperSport brand – consolidate a stranglehold on East Africa.
“As SuperSport we want to take our broadcasting to the next level,” said Charles Hamya, MultiChoice Uganda general manager.
“This is just the next step as we localize our service, employing a Ugandan to do commentary in Luganda.
“Often you find Ugandans watching football on TV but they lower volume on their sets so as to listen to radio commentary in Luganda. So as Multichoice, we decided to now bring it in the full package.”
The Tabira Endiba search kicks off in August just in time for SuperSport’s first ever Luganda commentary in all live Bell Super League matches next season.
The competition will see potential commentators, preferably those not active on radio or TV currently, do commentary of a one minute clip of a selected Super League match. Entrants must be 18 years old onwards.
It rolls off in Masaka at Hotel Brovad on August 3-4 before descending on Kampala at the Lugogo Arena on August 9-11. Auditions will run from 9am to 6pm.
Speaking at the launch, State Minister for Sports Charles Bakkabulindi praised SuperSport’s wholesome commitment to help professionalise the game in Uganda.
“SuperSport you have made it,” said Bakkabulindi, adding, “We are now approaching our dream.”
Sports personalities Mark Ssali (Daily Monitor), Aisha Nassanga (Capital Fm), Innocent Tegusulwa (Vision group) and Ruben Luyombo (Super Fm) constitute a panel of judges entrusted to bring out the best talent possible.
The judges will review all the recorded clips from contestants and narrow them to a top 16 duel before a top eight, whose auditions will include doing commentary on a live Super league match, is reached.
The eight participants will then be reduced to a top four, who qualify for the finals with the winner being declared on September 14 before a live audience.