To those who grew up listening to music in the early 90s, the name Vicky Sampson defines a larger than life character who believed in a better Africa in the future.
Her 27 years in the music industry are evident in the maturity of her voice and how well she controls her high notes.
With the audience singing along to her household track, Vicky Sampson recently realized just how much of an impact her song has had on Batswana. The South African singer was the guest star at the annual My African Dream finals that were held at Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC).
The artist’s song, “My African Dream”, has been the theme song of the talent search for the past 15 years.
Last year, the show had the energetic Mara Louw as the guest speaker.
Coming up to the stage, Sampson sang the old Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston Track, “When you believe”, and gave it her own twist, which blended quite well with the whole make-up of the song.
There was no doubt whatsoever that the woman knew what she was doing as she sang her heart out to the audience.
Her second song was Elton John‘s “Don’t let the sun go down on me”, a crowd’s favourite.
Her last song received a standing ovation and audience participation as it was a song the Batswana have heard for the past 15 years of MAD‘s existence.
Sampson said that she grew up in a community full of thugs and gangsters.
“I remember the toi-tois that we used to have in the olden days; back then, our saving grace was dreaming of becoming lawyers, doctors, teachers and whatever else we could hope of becoming,” she said.
As usual, Mascom was the facilitator of the show.
At the end of the night though the votes were in and first up were the Senior’s viewer’s choice awards.
The runner up for the viewer’s choice award went to Peach Kereemang, a young man who started singing at a young age in the school choir.
The winner was also another boy, this time a dancer, Otsile Tshole, whose dance moves were inspired by those of the late Michael Jackson’s.
The teen’s choice awards runner up was a Kwaito group called Jika Jive. The group is made up of two groups that met last year at the MAD auditions.
The winner, however, was Ba Kgafela, a traditional dance group.
The Junior viewer’s choice runner up award went to Junior Skycosite, a group made up of three young men from Francistown.
The winner of the award went to the crowd’s favorite, Shanaya Kwape, a 7-year-old girl with amazing dancing abilities.
The judge’s choice awards went to Jika Jive, Kago Goveya and Lebogang Montshiwa.
However, there were two other performances that were outstanding during the night. The first was Wada Mapiki’s version of “Too late for mama.”
Her voice had definitely improved from the time she sang at the semi-finals. The other was a sterling performance delivered by Oatile Ramsay and his group, Buckville Donkeez whose performances were amazingly co-ordinated.