Big-name judges for talent show

John Harvey

AN arts initiative that began four years ago in Plettenberg Bay has grown to attract the attention of some of the biggest names in South African show business, with Elvis Blue and Freshlyground lead singer Zolani Mahola lending their names to the project.

Supported by Plett Tourism and the National Arts Council of South Africa, the Tshisa Talent initiative is a platform for Garden Route and national performance artists to market themselves.

All proceeds go towards the development of local performing artists.

Lunchbox Theatre Company owner and event organiser Stuart Palmer has been hard at work finding the most promising talent in the region, who will now come together for a final round of competition at The Whitehouse Theatre in Plettenberg Bay on Saturday night.

But it is the involvement of judges Blue, a native of George, and Port Elizabeth’s Mahola which has set tongues wagging, confirming the growing stature of Tshisa Talent.

Mahola, who also attended last year’s event, said it was always “amazing” to see the youth passionately engaged in the arts.

Mahola has since become an ambassador for the project.

Blue is not only renowned as one of South Africa’s leading artists, but is the man behind the Elvis Blue Music Academy which teaches music to underprivileged children in addition to his charity work on the Garden Route.

Palmer was especially pleased that one of the major prizes up for grabs was an opportunity for the top two performers to attend the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown next year.

Tickets for the final round cost R130. To book or for further information, call (044) 533-0942.

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