A symphony of voices vie for the top title
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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