THE hunt for Umgungundlovu’s gospel music talent in the battle of all seven municipalities is about to begin!Auditions are scheduled to take place at the Winston Churchill Theatre on 9 August, the organiser of the competition, Sithembiso Ndlovu of Ogatsheni Entertainment said the talent search is a brainchild of uMgungundlovu in his presence, a gospel music concert that has been taking place in Msunduzi for the past six years.“The winner of the talent search gets an opportunity to share the stage with some of the big gospel names in the country. “Last year’s winners shared the stage with the likes of Benjamin Dube, Ntokozo Mbambo and Andile kaMajola,” said Ndlovu.Last year, the competition was won by The Revelation, a group from Mooi River under the Mpofana municipality. Ndlovu said the competition is open to all upcoming gospel musicians from seven municipalities under Umgungundlovu District Municipality.“The talent search is open strictly to gospel musicians, if you are a group, solo artist or a duet and you think you have what it takes to impress the judges you are more than welcome to come and audition. “The aim of the competition is to uplift local talent and also give them a chance to share the stage with bigger artists to give them exposure.”The overall winner will walk away with a recording contract and R5000 cash. Entry is free and auditions will start at 8am but hopefuls are encouraged to get to the venue an hour early to register. The judging panel will include Ga Ndlela who scooped the 2015 SABC Crown gospel award for best song writer.