Bay salutes Tru FM Talent Search Winners Dladla and Mpunzi

2016-12-07 06:02
True talent search winners Makhosandile Mpunzi (left) and Azi Dladla flank, from left, Tru FM station manager Thobeka Buswana, Metro Portfolio Councillor Siyasanga Sijadu and SABC Eastern Cape boss Nada Wotshela at Umhlobo Wenene FM in PE last week.       Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

True talent search winners Makhosandile Mpunzi (left) and Azi Dladla flank, from left, Tru FM station manager Thobeka Buswana, Metro Portfolio Councillor Siyasanga Sijadu and SABC Eastern Cape boss Nada Wotshela at Umhlobo Wenene FM in PE last week. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

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THE fact that there is massive raw musical talent available in Nelson Mandela Bay became evident during Tru FM’s hand over of awards to local shining stars Azi Dladla and Makhosandile Mpunzi at the SABC offices in Conyngham Road, Port Elizabeth last Wednesday.

Dladla, better known as Azi SA in music circles, bagged the Music Award with R10 000 prize-money and an opportunity to record a song with Ifani, and to record a video to be promoted around the country including on Live Amp on SABC1.

Mpunzi took home the Radio Presenter Award, R10 000 and a 3-year contract with Tru FM as presenter.

Azi had since signed a 5-album recording contract with a major player in the industry, CSun Records.

SABC Eastern Cape head Nada Wotshela thanked the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Municipality for their contribution of R50 000 to the partnership which enabled participants in the music, radio presenting and dance categories to be transported and accommodated during the course of the competition.

“The two were really deserving winners. We spotted the talent and the listeners voted for them,” said the youth station’s marketing manager Bongi Ngcobo.

Mandela Bay Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture Portfolio Councillor Siyasanga Sijadu commended the duo for being shining examples and ambassadors of Nelson Mandela Bay, adding that the municipality was happy to identify and harness untapped local talent.

“We want our artists to shine here and not to go to Johannesburg in order to be recognised. We want to promote Arts and Culture so that it changes from being underappreciated, underutilised and underfunded,” said Cllr Sijadu.

“I’d like to say to Azi and Makhosandile. You are our stars. Continue to shine our flag,” she concluded. – NCEBA DLADLA

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