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Sunday, October 5, 2014


Over the past two months, the uShaka Marine World Entertainment team have been touring KwaZulu-Natal in search for new and emerging talent to add some special sparkle to the 2014/2015 entertainment calendar!

The uShaka Search for the Stars finals in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture saw acts ranging from singers, dancers and bands to speciality acts and were open to both amateurs and professionals. The winners from each of the categories will be employed by uShaka Marine World in a year-long contract to perform as entertainers on an ad-hoc basis within the park.

Wayne Scott, uShaka Marine World’s Entertainment Manager, was extremely impressed by much of the talent that took part in the finals of Search for the Stars. “It certainly paid off by travelling our province seeking out fresh talent and bringing them all together to compete for this prize, and in doing so providing our visitors the best entertainment.”

The winners are as follows:

Durban: Mbijana Sibisi (soul); Amazing Grace (gospel); The Gift (contemporary dance); Twisters (pantsula); Warrior Knights (hip hop dancers) Football dancers; Abafana bevari (gumboots); Sibo Masondo (French Mime Artist); Amaphephethe (wedding singers), and Umuzi wenkosi (Tswana dancers). Also representing Durban are the Afro Jazz bands Ms Classic and Makhulu and the acoustic band The Mirrors.

Pietermaritzburg: Troublemakers (Local Dance)
Ilembe:  Dumisa 454 (kwaito singers) and Street Kids (hip hop singers)
Hluhluwe:  Insingizi Emnyama (uShameni and Amambo (Isigekle)

Ugu: White Bread (Acappella)
Newcastle: Izintombi Zosizo (Ingoma yamantombazane)

For more information, contact Nombuso Buthelezi on 031-328 8103/ 8008 or email