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October 13, 2013

Kinachoendelea Baada ya Zahir Ali Zorro Kujitoa Tusker Project

One week after the first episode of
the talent search show Tusker
Project Fame Season 6 went on air
from the academy in Nairobi, there
have been twists and turns in

The Beat has reliably learnt that
organisers at the academy have
dropped Tanzanian judge, musician
Zahir Ali Zorro from the panel of

Details of the fallout are still sketchy
but word from Zahir Zorro’s camp
has it that it was an amicable
understanding between both

Speaking to The Beat , the veteran
musician said he had chosen to leave
the show in order to concentrate on
his personal musical engagements
back at home.

“After the show in Nairobi last week
it dawned on me that the responsibility was heavy and I
couldn’t handle both the academy
duties and my other engagements at
home satisfactorily,” he said.

Zahir Zorro’s appointment to the
judges’ panel was greeted with
cheers of hope as many thought he
would take the contest to a different
level after replacing producer
Hermes Bariki.

He was to work with Juliana
Kanyomozi who filled the Ugandan
spot and as agreed, controversial Ian
Mbugua filled the Kenyan spot.
But as the posts on the TPF website
announced that the vastly experienced musician had joined the
panel, discord was brewing.
Though there has not been any
official communication from
Endermol and East Africa Breweries,
sources privy to the academy cite his
laid back display at the inauguration
as the potential cause.

In his trademark bling-bling and
suit, Zorro barely said anything
during the blockbuster show that
ushered in 25 contestants. “He was a
bit uncomfortable with the
surroundings and looked not at ease
with the other judges who were
enjoying themselves throughout the
show,” said the source.

But in an interview with The Beat,
Zorro cited generation gap as the
reason for his mysterious exit from
the regional show. In hi own words:
“They will have to appoint a more
youthful person to take over from

This leaves some unanswered
questions whether it was the age
gap that left the singer in the cold.