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Thursday, September 4, 2014


The City of Durban is preparing for one of KwaZulu-Natal's biggest music festivals this December. World Jam Music Festival will take place over a two-day period on the weekend of December 6 and 7 and the organisers have not forgotten their CSI responsibilities.

Says Craig Clay-Smith of the Flagship Group and Communications Director for  World Jam Music Festival: " Our CSI Programme will focus on the development of Arts and Culture and one of our strategies is a music and performer Talent Search taking place in various towns through KwaZulu-Natal as we lead up to the festival event. "

Young people will be invited to participate in these staged events where a prestigious panel of judges will identify emerging artists in each region.

Babo Ngcobo is a multi-award winning gospel artist, accredited for best songwriter, best producer and best male artist in his category. Ntokozo Ngongoma is a name many people recognize for his talented involvement as musical director in Florida Road - Bollywood Movie and for producing, writing for and directing artists such as Sfiso Ncwane (gospel musician) and the duo Sdwili and Babo (representing the nation at New Zealand 2011 Rugby World Cup) to name but a few of his credits.

The panel will be completed with the selection of one judge from each city, most of whom represent either a community radio station or a television channel.

The Talent Search takes place as follows:

September 13 - 14: Richards Bay: 1KZN TV Studio, 71 Dollar Drive
September 15 - 16: Ulundi: Indonsa Arts and Crafts Centre, Section A
September 17 - 18: Newcastle: Amajuba Hall, 83 Allen Street
September 19 - 20: Pietermaritzburg: Winston Churchill Theatre, 2 Leicester Street, Scottsville
September 22 - 23: eThekweni Community Church, 181 Anton Lembede (Smith) Street
September 25 - 26: Port Shepstone: St Martin's Hall, 21 Aitken Street

The Final will take place in Durban during the second week of November, but the venue is still to be announced. An overall winner will be chosen, winning not only a grand sum of R10,000, but also the opportunity to  perform on one of the World Jam Music Festival stages as part of his or her winning experience.

Aspirant artists and musicians interested in participating are asked to arrive at the venue in their town and go to the registration desk to complete forms. They must bring their ID Books with them and whatever they feel might enhance their performance in the way of dress, effects and personal musical instruments.

Says Nick Nzama, facilitator of the Talent Search on behalf of World Jam Music Festival: "The first day rolls out with the audition commencing at 07h00 and those selected will continue through the day rehearsing with a band and backline which we will provide for the contestants. The second day will see finalists going through a tougher audition and being put through their paces, after which we will select the top three winners in each town."

Zama concludes that contestants must be at least 18 years old and can participate in all genres with exception of Gospel Music and Maskandi. "Those who are 21 and under must provide written proof of their parent or guardian’s consent and no professional musicians or performers are permitted to enter. This means no artist or band signed to a record company, label or accredited management company."

Festival Director, Beverley Theron, adds: "The inclusion of a talent search within the World Jam Music Festival programme is of huge significance as  the organizers see this as a perfect opportunity to assist in the profiling of emerging young artists on a world class stage, a stage where Durban and its sister-city relationships will provide for musical development and mentorship exchanges and will become part of the programme as the annual event rolls out in the forthcoming years."

For further information on the Talent Search visit one of the following links or call Zukiswa on 031 829 1640 or 078 979 1888 or visit