Two of the Bay’s golden boys have come out tops in TruFm’s second annual tru-Talent Search competition.
The provincial contest concluded last week at The Venue @ Hemingways Mall, in East London, with an awards ceremony that saw the announcement of Makosandile “Boyz” Mpunzi as winner in the radio-presenting category and Azi Dladla taking the title in the music category.
Limitless from O R Tambo District Municipality won in the dance category.
Among the attendees at the award ceremony was SABC group executive of corporate affairs Hlaudi Motsoeneng, as well as Eastern Cape general manager Nada Wotshela.
All the winners received a cheque of R10 000 each, as well as a Vodacom Power Tab 10. Mpunzi also won a three-year contract as TruFM presenter and Dladla an opportunity to record a single with iFani.
The Summerstrand-based Mpunzi said he’s humbled by the win and is looking forward to learning more about the industry.
“I’m very excited but also nervous about what is to come. Right now, I’m focusing on learning as much as possible with the aim of growing myself on and off the radio.”
Mpunzi, whose brief stint in radio presenting includes working for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s in-house station, Madibaz Radio, from 2014 until last year, and Bay FM as from this year, said this achievement will serve as a big career booster for him in the long run.
“From here, I’m waiting on the management of TruFM to tell me which show I will be doing and when. Winning this competition should hopefully open doors to bigger things,” Mpunzi enthused.
Dladla, from Kwazakhele, shares the sentiment and believes this achievement will allow him the opportunity to break into the national market musically.
“Winning this competition means my career can finally take the next big step which is entering the national ‘game’.”
The 20-year- old rapper also managed to land a recording deal with Cape Town-based label C Sun Records days after winning the talent search competition.
“C Sun Records has been monitoring me since I released my first project in 2012,” Dladla said. “I think they felt that I am now ready for the big league. I’m very excited about being a part of the label as I know they are good at what they do . . . we are going to show the country flames!”
TruFM marketing manager Sbongi Ngcobo said they were happy with the success of this year’s talent edition and believe the winners would perform well in their respective fields.
“We look forward to hearing Azi’s single on all major radio stations and to welcoming Makosandile to the airwaves on December 1. I know they will both kill it.”