A sym­phony of voices vie for the top ti­tle

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screens, many of them copies of another. Although The Sing-Off SA seems like a new idea – high­light­ing a cap­pella groups – it’s a for­mat started in the US in 2009.

One can’t help won­der­ing why we cre­ate so few new re­al­ity for­mats here. A cap­pella (singing with­out in­stru­men­tal mu­sic) has been part of our mu­sic her­itage for years. We even have four Gram­mys to show for Ladysmith Black Mam­bazo, who are world lead­ers in this field. The Soil is the latest torch­bearer and is up for a BET award later this month.

It’s a pity that stars from these groups were not con­sid­ered as judges on the show. In­stead, we’ve had to grin and bear it as HHP and Ma­hola stum­ble and fum­ble their way through their anal­y­sis of the per­for­mances. Bantwini, on the other hand, has been in­sight­ful, putting his mu­sic knowl­edge into good use on the show. His sharp and ed­u­cated ear is hard to please, and the groups have had to dig deep to im­press him.

Hosted by No­luthando “Nolly” Meje, The Sing-Off SA will let view­ers de­cide which group will fi­nally take the hon­ours. But un­til then, the judges have it in their power to kick per­form­ers off the show.


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