Upcoming hip-hop artist Azi Dladla is gunning for gold after making it through to the top 18 of Tru fm’ second Tru talent search. The 20-year-old Port Elizabeth College marketing student from Kwazakhele is one of two Bay artists to secure a spot in the top 18 music category of the contest.
Dladla, who has been rapping since the age of 13, heard about the competition through a friend and said he was grateful to have been selected.
“I am very excited about being in the top 18 as it proves to me that all the work I have put into my music is paying off.”
The Tru talent competition kicked off in June in Mdantsane and progressed through the province to eight towns for auditions in the music, dance and radio presenting categories.
The Port Elizabeth leg took place in July.
The top two from each category in each town then attended a workshop at the SABC offices in Bhisho from September 23 to 25.
The workshops were mentored by professionals such as Tru Fm’s programme manager, Masi Mdingane, choreographer Simphiwe Mba and hip-hop artist Ifani.
The music category winner will receive R10 000, record a single with ifani at the Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre (ECAVC) in East London and shoot a music video for the single courtesy of ECAVC.
Dladla’s father and manager, Nceba, said they were fully supportive of him. “I am happy for him. We all are at home. Azi adores music. This might be an opportunity to succeed in doing what he loves. I think every parent would be happy for his child.”
The other Bay participants who made it to the top 18 are pop singer, Ntombiyomzi Zini, in the music category, and The Crimpsun Crew and Viwe Zakhe in the dance category. Makosandile Mpunzi has already advanced to the top five in the radio category.
Dlala said winning the competition would bring him a step closer to realising his dream of being a well-established artist and shining a light on Eastern Cape talent.
To vote for a contestant SMS their unique code to 32666. There is a charge of R1 per SMS.
Voting for the music and dance categories close on October 21. Dladla’s code is MUSIC 14, Ntombiyomzi Zini’s is MUSIC 13, Crimpsun Crew’s is DANCE 1 and Viwe Zakhe’s is DANCE 2.
Voting for the radio presenter category has already closed and will re-open following the announcement of the top two.