Jamali share experiences with ‘Popstars’ hopefuls

2010-10-02 00:00

JAMALI have set the standard for the new generation of Popstars wannabees, despite coming second to Ghetto Lingo in the reality competition back in 2004.

With three albums behind them — Jamali, Yours Fatally and 3rd Base — and a 2009 South African Music Award (Sama) for best pop album: English for 3rd Base, Jacqui Carpede, Liesl Penniken and Mariechan Luiters, took time out of their busy schedule to share their experience with the contestants of Popstars 2010.

The youngsters were at Fairmont Zimbali Resort and Lodge in Ballito during the week. They were doing a seven-day workshop in which their every move, note sung and word spoken were assessed by the judges — PJ Powers, Azania Ndoro and Zwai Bala — to determine which of the 40 singers who started the week would make it into the top 10.

Speaking to Weekend Witness, Jamali said working on the show brought back a lot of memories.

“I remember it was a very scary, very gruelling process,” Carpede said.

Asked what they thought about the show being back on South African TV, Luiters said: “I think it’s great … and for us to be part of the production team is giving us an introduction to a whole different side of the industry.”

As for what advice they had for the young singers hoping to win Popstars, they said the most important thing was for them to “be real” and to really want to be a success in the … music industry. “You really have to want it to make it work,” Penniken said.

• Popstars is broadcast on e.tv at 6.05 pm every Saturday.

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