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Wyclef Jean and Fergie team up for South African talent



Motorola is on the hunt for South Africa’s next music sensation with the launch of MOTOROKR STAR, and with a little help from international superstars Wyclef Jean and Fergie, who will judge the finalists. Read on for more for details of the contest and how to enter ‚Ķ

Motorola today announced the launch of MOTOROKR STAR, a competition to discover and promote new musical talent.

The competition, which will be judged by music icons and Motorola brand ambassadors Wyclef Jean and Fergie, gives one South African finalist the chance to experience the life of a superstar with an all expenses paid trip to New York.

Singing sensation Wyclef Jean, now also a Motorola brand ambassador

One budding pop star from among all the finalists will then be chosen to win an amazing prize, which includes the chance to record a brand new song specially written by Wyclef Jean for the competition, vocal coaching by acclaimed singer Fergie and a recording contract with a major record label.

‚We are so excited about the launch of MOTOROKR STAR,‚ said Andrew Morely, vice president of Marketing for Mobile Devices EMEA, Motorola. ‚Our ROKR products give music fans a portable way to enjoy their music: twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This competition is going to be a fantastic way to unleash a new breed of musical talent for consumers to experience.‚



Participants can submit entries in three ways:


Members of the public can log onto and vote for their favourite entries.

In January 2009, the 100 most popular tracks will be judged by a panel of music industry experts to find the top 10 entries for South Africa.


The top ten SA finalists will be announced and the South African winner will be selected by Sony Music and Wyclef. The SA winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to New York to participate in the final leg of the competition, and the nine runners-up will each receive an MTN Exploded Management program.


An expert judging panel, which will include Wyclef and Fergie, will then choose the ultimate winner. The MOTOROKR STAR will receive:

Celebrating the ROKR range

The MOTOROKR STAR competition celebrates Motorola’s ROKR range of mobile phones.


The MOTO W230’s onboard MP3 player, stereo FM radio and dedicated music keys give quick access to and control of your music. With up to 1GB expandable memory, upgradeable to 2GB, you can store up to 500 song. Recommended price: R566


The flagship ROKR product, the E8 uses Modeshift technology to seamlessly shift between talk, music and pictures. The haptics keypad technology and the Fastscroll navigation wheel make for the perfect combination of style and function. Recommended price: R2499


One moment ROKR EM30 is a mobile phone. The next, it transforms into a music player. It uses Motorola’s innovative ModeShift technology to illuminate the keyboard ‚Äî red keys illuminate in music mode and a brilliant blue keypad appears in phone mode ‚Äî to take users from talk to text to complete music immersion at the touch of a button. Recommended price: R1999


The EM325 offers a music-player experience with immediate access to a stored music library or built-in FM radio with Radio Data System technology. The EM325 includes up to 2GB optional removable microSD storage, which gives users plenty of space for their music. Recommended price: R999

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