Talent competition a success

The Berea Primary School Choir did exceptionally well with their inspiring performance.

BEREA Primary School hosted the 2017 Annual Talent Africa KZN Regional competition this past weekend. Over 100 contestants participated in the competition from the ages of five to 55 year old. The competition was judged by Durban’s own multi-talented stage personality, Marion Loundon and Johannesburg based, Nicola Ashcroft. The local primary school choir did exceptionally well, bagging second place in their category (vocal) with a score of 89 per cent. The school’s Indian Dance Group also received a special award for the best performance.

Charel Haasbroek of Talent Africa KZN said: “Talent Africa was established with the core objective of creating the most prestigious National Talent competition of the highest standard ever to be presented in South Africa and from what we saw from the show, we can definitely say we are living up to those standards. We are very excited about the success of the show and the number of talented people we had taking part in the competition. We will soon be showcasing a show off Talent Africa Team KZN, which will see the winner representing the province at the nationals in April 2017.”

The provincial winners will be invited to nationals, which is the second round, where all provinces compete for a place on the SA team. Nationals will be held at the Roodepoort Theater in Johannesburg from 1 – 8 April, 2017. The nationals round includes around 2000 performing items each year. The winning SA Team will get an opportunity to travel to New York City to compete in the Talent America International Competition in July this year. The KZN Schools which participated in the competition are Amanzimtoti Primary School, Kuswag, Kingsway High, Berea Primary School, Crawford College, Durban Dance Unlimited, Queensburgh Girls, Curro Hillcrest among many other individual entries from the province.

“The main aim of the competition is to give artists with the relevant talent the best opportunity to be exposed to all that the entertainment world can offer on both a national and international level. The difference is that Talent Africa, through possible partnership with government and NGO’s could offer less privileged individuals a fair chance to receive the correct training and expertise to ultimately be part of this grandeur event,” said Haasbroek.

Rudy Nkgadima

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