Billy Jane Productions is set to launch its inter-neighbourhood talent contest on March 30, 2017, an initiative which would create a common platform for artistes of African origin to exhibit their God-given talents.

The Step Up Show
The Step Up Show
A statement signed by Billy Jane, the Chief Executive Officer of Billy Jane Productions and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the contest dubbed: “The Step up Show” aims at creating a strong generation of talented youth who would help build a stronger music industry and create wealth and contribute towards national development.

“We are organising this contest every Thursday night at the Billy Jane Restaurant and Bar, Labadi Beach; however we also host main stream artistes on Sundays, to entertain audience and as well build their fan base”, the statement said.

The statement said upcoming artistes in Ghana had challenges getting into limelight because there was no support system for them, particularly with regards to funds, mentoring and encouragement.

Billy Jane noted that after spending some time with her family in Jamaica and observed how their systems work, she returned to Ghana to launch the ‘Dancehall King/Queen Contest ‘in 2010, which registered artistes such as Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Epixode, Budda Man, Popson, among others.

The brainchild of the seven- year-old event revealed that the contest would also cover performances in all categories of music as well as dancing, and multicultural performances from all genres.

The CEO noted that areas in the suburbs of Accra would be selected whereby talents residing within these areas will contest each other, then the best performers will be selected and awarded with certificates and other prizes.

Billy Jane who further explained that winners from all categories would be awarded in December at the finals, added that the show was aimed at exposing talents as such artistes would not pay any monies for participating.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh