|Late Jaiye Aboderin|
The exciting and entertaining Talent hunt show Put together by the Aboderin family in honor of their late brother Jaiye Aboderin - Jay’s Search will kick off in a matter of days!
Jay Search is a bi-annual music talent search dedicated to the memory of late Jaiye Aboderin (1971-2004), who died December 3rd 2004 after he slumped during a casual game of basketball with friends.
In a statement released this week, the committee says “All is now set for this year’s Jay Search. Online auditions ended on Monday November 14, 2011, and we are finally set for the live auditions. We have a total of Twenty (20) finalists for this phase”
The grand finale will take place on December 16, 2011, at the grand ball room of the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lekki and six (6) finalists will slug it out for a cash prize of N250, 000, a Kopykats Entertainment recording deal for one single, one music video, a makeover/photo shoot, airplay, promotions and publicity, during an exciting evening of music, comedy, dinner and dance. N100, 000 cash goes to the 1st runner-up while the 2nd runner-up gets N75, 000 cash. The remaining 3 finalists will also get consolation cash prizes of N50, 000 each.
“Winners will be selected by the guests whose votes would make up 40%, while our judges made up of individuals of reputable standing in today’s music industry, would make up 60%” Wunmi Obe says
On December 3rd 2009, 23 year old undergraduate, OluwaSunbo Olundegun (BigMa) emerged winner of the first edition of Jay Search. Big Ma went home with a cash prize of N150,000, a record deal with T.W.O’s Kopykats Entertainment which includes, an opportunity to release one audio single, a music video, do a photo shoot and be properly packaged in readiness for the industry, all courtesy of Jay Search.
This is not the first time the family have honored the late Jaiye Aboderin by rewarding budding talents. In 2006 and 2007, they partnered Hip Hop World Awards in rewarding musicians Asa and OD. For winning the Jaiye Aboderin Next rated category, the two acts each got a cash prize of 100,000 Naira, alongside the prestigious award.
Jaiye Aboderin died on December 3, 2004, aged 33. He slumped and died after a game of basketball. While alive Jaiye touched the lives of many in the entertainment industry, including musicians, actors and comedians alike. In tribute to him Freestyle, Mode9, Rugged man with Tunde and Wunmi Obe put together a song titled “Tribute to Jay” in 2007. He left behind a wife- Actress Stella Damasus and two daughters, Angelica and Isabel.