Two KZN acts in finals of ‘SA’s Got Talent’

2009-11-07 00:00

A HEARING-IMPAIRED hip-hop dancer from Durban and a singing group from Port Shepstone are the sole representatives from KwaZulu-Natal in the finals of SA’s Got Talent.

Darren Rajbal (19) of Mayville and the members of Umbumbano — Mlondolozi Nyawose, Sibusiso Nxumalo, Lindokuhle Trywell, Lungani Nxumalo and Vusumuzi Sifunda — will be going head-to-head with 19 other contestants in an attempt to win the competition’s R250 000 next week.

The top 21 contestants have been divided into groups of seven and will compete in live shows next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 7.30 to 8.30 pm. Each of these live shows will be followed with a live results show from 9.30 to 10 pm during which one contestant, voted for by the public, and one, by the judges — Randall Abrahams, Shado Twala and Ian von Memerty — will be put through to the final at 7.30 pm on Thursday next week.

The judges won’t, however, have any say in choosing the winner of SA’s Got Talent. It will be up to the public to vote for their favourite next Thursday night, with the winner being announced during the results show, from 9.30 to 10 pm.

Rajbal, who has been dancing since he was 13, says his greatest accomplishment to date was winning R15 000 for his school when he came first in the regional leg of the Zkwala Deaf Poetry contest.

Asked why he had entered SA’s Got Talent, he said he wishes to showcase his talent and be a role model for the hearing impaired.

The members of Umbumbano are between 28 and 38 years old and include a domestic worker, a security guard and a teacher. They met as teenagers and began singing together in 1993. They hope that the show “will give us a jump- start into the music industry”.




To vote in SA’s Got Talent, send an SMS with the word TALENT followed by a number between 1 and 7 which represents the act each night to 34768. Each SMS will be charged at R2. Alternatively, call 083 913 4768 and follow the voice prompts. Calls are charged at standard cellular rates.

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