Entries open for local musicians

2018-01-24 06:02
Angelo Mockie

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There is a lot of excitement around a new project aimed at songwriters, producers and singers in Bloemfontein.

All the Way from Bloem is not a competition, it is a project to help people in the music industry to learn more and grow as musicians.

The deadline for entries was moved to 28 February to give more time for musicians to work on a new, original song in any of the South African languages and in any genre.

Jacobus Silwer, local singer and songwriter who initiated the project, says he hopes that the project will get musicians to work together to create something worthwhile.

An individual can write, compose and sing his or her own song, but musicians can also work together in a group to produce an original song.

The competition is only for people that reside in Bloemfontein (Mangaung-area).

To enter, the musician or group must produce a high-quality recording of the song on a CD.

A panel of judges consisting of Silwer, Ella Kotze, Angelo Mockie, Thabo Pitse and Caroline Grace will listen to each entry and choose the best entries to be compiled on a CD named All the Way from Bloem.

Express asked a few of the judges how they perceive a good song.

Mockie says besides good rhythm and a catchy tune, the most important thing in a song is good lyrics that are well phrased.

“Songs should not only make people dance, but they should also feed the soul. Good lyrics indicate what you have actually thought about and what you want to say. Good lyrics, well-phrased, indicate that you thought about how you want to say it.”

Caroline Grace, Bloemfontein singer who reached one of the top spots in The Voice South Africa, says what she is looking for in a song is something that grabs her attention from the first sentence.

“I want to connect with the lyrics and melody on an emotional level. The melody should be memorable and should take me on a journey. Does the emotions conveyed by the lyrics hold true to the melody?”

Pitse, entrepreneur, musician and business consultant, says a song must evoke emotions.

“These emotions can be anything from love, inspiration, fun, sadness – it does not matter, as long as it evokes the emotion that it is intended for.

“A good song tells the story – if one can see the picture of what you are singing about, the lyrics are winning and it becomes a good song.”

Kotze also says a good song must tell a story.

“When I listen to a song, I want to close my eyes and see a picture. I want to see and feel the emotions of a song.”

  • There will be an All the Way from Bloem Show during the Vrystaat Arts Festival in July in which the Bloemfontein-kinderkoor will also perform. Enter by filling out the entry form and look at the rules on the Facebookpage All the Way from Bloem. An entry form will also be published in the next editions of Express and Bloemnews for easy access.

The entry form, an entry fee of R50 and the CD can be posted in the entry box at the reception at Volksblad/Bloemnews and Express at 79 Nelson Mandela Avenue. For more information on the project, call Lizamé Coetzee on 071-603-7253 or Jacobus Silwer on 071-116-4425.

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