The steps of the Durban City Hall came alive on September 30, with the sounds and rhythm of local song and dance talent.
The Ethekwini Municipality’s initiative, which will give local performers a chance to showcase their talent on a free stage, was also televised for SABC 3’s Expresso morning show, forming part of the South Africa’s Future Stars series to be filmed entirely in Durban.
Ethekwini Mahor, Councillor Zandile Gumede explained: “The Durban Talent stage and the national television coverage will not only give our local stars a great platform to shine and be seen, it will also help promote our beautiful City to the rest of the country as these stars will be filmed on stage and also at iconic scenic locations around the City. What better way to showcase the vibrancy and rhythm of our locations and cultures, than through local performers?”
This initiative is part of the Municipality’s campaign to set the City of Durban in Motion, inspiring and encouraging local artists to develop their talent, with support from their City.
Included in the line-up was child star, Lasandra Majolo, who kicked off the programme with a song highlighting the beauty of KwaZulu-Natal and Durban. The KZN song, which features rap by Ewok, was written by local musician, Evan Roberts with lyrics by Donnagh Roberts.
Also appearing were top Durban hip hop crews, Survivors and Champions and Durban’s own ‘Justin Bieber,’ teenage Andrew Sutton, who is the nephew of country and western songster Lance James.