Selaelo Selota, Bianca le Grange take to the road to find new talent

2015-04-26 06:00

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Gold miner turned jazz legend, Selaelo Selota and Idols finalist Bianca le Grange were unveiled as the talent scouts and judges of the inaugural Transnet Rising Starz Talent competition, which will dazzle the underserved small towns and rural areas of South Africa.

The pair was unveiled at an intimate function held at the Sophiatown Bar Lounge in Newtown, Joburg, on Friday afternoon.

The Northern Cape, where Le Grange hails from, was chosen as the pilot province to host the talent competition, which will culminate in a series of workshops to identify and develop talent.

It is hoped that the success of the pilot programme will help to take the competition to the rest of South Africa where partnerships with local arts and culture organisations are welcome.

Asked to define talent, Selota referenced himself and his experiences of turning rejection into triumph as an example of talent.

Le Grange said that as a judge, she was looking to be “moved inside and emotionally”.

Bongani Mahlangu, spokesperson for the competition, said Transnet Rising Starz was a community upliftment initiative aimed at providing youth with a platform to showcase their vocal talents.

The talent search competition kicks off in De Aar on May 6, then moves to Calvinia on May 8, Springbok on the 10th, Upington on the 12th, Kuruman on the 14th and wraps up the following day on May 15 in Kimberley.

The talent search will then choose its top 10 finalists on May 16 and 17. Once that is done, the scouts will take the 10 through their paces in a series of music workshops covering music business, voice coaching, contracts, stage performance and professionalism in the industry.

The ultimate cash prize is R60 000 and a recording contract for the person chosen as the winner at the final event in Kimberley on August 29 2015.

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