By Nomfundo Sifundza | 2017-09-13
FOLLOWING popular demand by the youth creatives, SWAMA is making final touches for yet another edition of the T55 talent search. SWAMA, which stands for Swaziland Arts and Music Association, executed the first instalment of the talent search in 2015. The association’s President Lutfo Dlamini confirmed that they are preparing for an executive meeting soon to table the proposal and likely sponsors for the second edition of the talent search that took the country by storm. “The secretary general is putting together a tentative programme to be submitted to the mother body, Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture (SNCAC) to get their support and concurrence on suitable dates,” Dlamini said. The tentative month for the launch of this prestigious talent search competition as stated by the president, is October. The search is expected to run from then until March 2018; however, Dlamini said nothing was finalised yet until communication with their mother body is done. He also revealed that the association might secure a sponsorship of E600 000 from international stakeholders but all would be confirmed in due course. The first edition of the talent search saw thousands of creatives and aspiring artists in the country try their luck to win a whopping E55 000, a car and complimentary gadgets. This lucrative first prize package was eventually won by an incredible dance duo named ‘Tribal Misfits’ which consists of two young dance maestros Sandile Masilela and Mthobisi Dlamini. creative The two have not looked back ever since being crowned the best creative duo in the country out of a pool of top five equally talented artists. The T55 is not a talent search that could be likened to the popular Idols musical competition as it is open to all forms of art; music, poetry, dance and drama. Hence the top five in 2015 was made of one dance group and four musical artists. Other singers that have kept in the game ever since the competition include Symphony, Dream Tenors and rapper C2K. SWAMA’s accolades continue to pile up with each big project well executed and tremendous sponsorship secured. Just last month, the association recorded a milestone when what will now be an annual event known as the MTN SWAMA Awards took place at the Royal Swazi Spa Convention Centre. It was a night to remember when best selling artist, according to South African charts, Sands scooped four awards out of six nominations. Gospel singer Nothando Hlophe bagged two awards, the very first honours received in her music career. SWAMA had secured a E474 000 sponsorship from Swazi MTN for the awards ceremony. The president also revealed lined up this year is an end of year SWAMA show scheduled for December 31, at a venue yet to be confirmed. “Artists have always been yearning for an end of year show. This would be a mega festival to reward our fans for their 2017 support,” said Dlamini.
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