A GROUP of five youths will host the Acappella Symposium 2017 at NMMU next month to provide a platform for local musical talent in the Gospel genre.The group is led by Sindile Lamani, who started a project called The Voice Project in 2015 to give artists from the Eastern Cape a chance to share their musical talent with others.He asked a group of undiscovered artists from his church to help him get the project off the ground. “I was inspired to start the project by the fact that I saw talent displayed from other provinces, while locally we get very limited chances to display ours,” Lamani said. “I then took it upon myself to have a mixed group to help me kickstart the idea. I invited others to assist me in building this idea which resulted in the Acappella Symposium. “Now, a full year later, after spending so much time and money building the The Voice Project, it has led to this and has expanded not only within the church, but to everyone who is an upcoming artist and who requires exposure within the Eastern Cape.”The various types of artists that will feature at the Acappella Symposium 2017 include soloists, saxophone players, trumpeters, guitarists, pianists and group performers. The team organising the event consists of Sirah Lamani (leader), Unathi Camagu (finances), Siya Ngcingolo (music), Sindy Ntoto (admin) and Thulani Harmans (marketing).“I am happy for the team that God has given me. They are hard workers and dream fillers. We are planning to make this an annual event,” said Sindile Lamani.“We hope to be able to invite other local media shops, TV and radio stations in the future to be a part of this great event to change the way the Eastern Cape is seen musically.”The dedicated team invites any potential talent scouts, producers and others who are looking for talented youngsters in the Metro and surrounding areas to attend the event.The event will take place at NMMU’s Goldfields Auditorium, North Campus, on March 4 at 3pm. Tickets at R100 are available at Computicket and will also be on sale at the door for R150.