Competition to find the most inspiring singer of SA’s national anthem

2010-05-01 00:00

THERE are few South African symbols as potent as the national anthem — and the Neo Africa Sing it Loud, Sing it Proud anthem competition is set to make patriotic breasts swell with pride ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

The winner of the competition will walk away with R35 000 in cash and a pair of coveted, impossible-to-find tickets to the opening match at Soccer City on June 11; while the runner-up and third-placed finalist will also receive prizes, of R10 000 and R5 000 respectively.

The Sing it Loud, Sing it Proud competitors will be judged by singing star, Loyiso Bala, Morning Live presenter Leanne Manas, former Miss South Africa Claudia Henkel and public relations practitioner Marcus Brewster, who, as an original Idols judge, is no stranger to singing competitions.

The four judges will, in conjunction with the public, decide on the competition’s 10 finalists, after which the winner will be decided solely by a public vote.

To enter contestants can either phone 0861 129253 and record themselves singing the full anthem, or they can make a sound or video clip of themselves and submit it to by May 17.

The public can keep track of the competition and vote for their favourite entrants, by visiting the Neo Africa Sing it Loud, Sing it Proud blog, or the competition groups on Facebook and Twitter. The competition will also be highlighted on Radio 2000.

Visitors to the blog will also be able to see how well-known South African musicians interpret the anthem.

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