Wednesday 2019-01-16




By Nomfundo Sifundza | 2018-09-12

TALENTED youth from the Kingdom of Eswatini have just been given an opportunity to be exposed to the riches of the entertainment industry.

This opportunity is made available for singers, dancers, instrumentalists and models through an initiative called Talent Africa, which stretches to as fars as the United States of America.

Talent Africa was established with the objective of creating the absolute most prestigious national talent competition of the highest standard ever to be presented in South Africa.

The main aim is to give artists with the relevant talent the best opportunity to be exposed to all that the entertainment world can offer on both national and international level. “For the first time in 13 years of existence, Talent Africa is now bringing the competition to Eswatini. We believe that the African continent has so much to offer in the field of performing arts and not enough exposure has been given to artists from our neighbours,” Talent Africa’s Charel Haasbroek said.

He added “we will be hosting the event at the Eswatini Theatre Club on October 27.

The competition is open to all performing artists from age four  to age 50. Actors, singers, dancers and instrumentalists are urged not to miss this opportunity.

All gold medallists at the event will then be invited to participate at the Talent Africa National Competition to be held at the Roodepoort Theatre in Johannesburg in April 2019, where they stand a chance to be part of the Southern African Team that will compete at the Talent America Competition in New York City, USA in July 2019. Apart from possibly qualifying for the Southern African Team, the overall winner at the Talent Africa Nationals also receives a paid trip to NYC to compete at Talent America. There is also a full one year bursary from SAFATA up for grabs as well as some partial bursaries.

Talent Africa also shapes each and every young performer who shows talent into a world class entertainer through national competitions, workshops, pageants, and international exposure to some of the most prestigious events the world has to offer including the Talent America Competition in New York.

We are passionate about the performing arts and as much as we like to yield performers, it is of the utmost importance that they will have fun, make new friends and learn about the performing arts through our events.

Haasbroek emphasised that it is about performance; “the best performer reaches the stars; this is the basis for Talent Africa’s events. Talent Africa is responsible for all the necessary input, such as sound and lighting equipment as well as the facilitation of training. Adding your talent will perfect the event. Highest Achievement: To refine talent, performers will have to compete against tough competition firstly on provincial level, and then on a national level with the final event being an international competition. Performers will be subject to strict judging by professionals in each form of the Performing Arts.

When performers receive top awards they will feel satisfied that they have achieved the highest place in South African Performing Arts based upon international standards.”

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