The Voice hope­ful wants to in­spire oth­ers

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Af­ter watch­ing The Voice on TV a few times, Amanda Faku be­came the re­al­ity tal­ent show’s “big­gest fan”.

“When I heard it was com­ing to South Africa, I was so ex­cited about it,” she said. But she missed the first lo­cal sea­son of the show be­cause she wasn’t aware of the au­di­tions. Faku sub­se­quently kept an eye on Google to make sure she didn’t miss the dates of the sea­son 2 au­di­tions for The Voice SA.

“I found out that there would be au­di­tions in Port El­iz­a­beth in Oc­to­ber last year. I then made a video of my­self singing and sent it to them,” she said.

The 23-year-old ac­coun­tancy stu­dent at Nel­son Man­dela Metropoli­tan Univer­sity said she re­garded The Voice SA as an op­por­tu­nity to fol­low her dreams of be­ing a singer and per­former.

“I started singing at the age of six in church and school choirs. I en­joyed it so much that I re­alised I have a tal­ent to sing,” she said proudly.

She said she wrote her own songs and used her garage as a “re­hearsal room” with her friends.

Asked who in­spired her most in the mu­sic in­dus­try, Faku sin­gles out the 21-year-old Toronto na­tive Daniel Cae­sar, whose de­but al­bum Praise Break was ranked among the 20 best R&B al­bums of 2014 by Rolling Stone magazine.

“He makes mu­sic not be­cause he wants to make sales, but be­cause he loves mu­sic. Luck­ily his ca­reer bloomed, which is a good thing,” she said.

“I am from a town­ship where most of the young peo­ple want to be in the mu­sic in­dus­try. We love mak­ing mu­sic. Be­ing on The Voice SA is rare for a kid from a town­ship in Port El­iz­a­beth,” she said.

Asked what she planned to do if she won the con­test, Faku said she re­garded the oc­ca­sion to par­tic­i­pate in The Voice SA as a great start to show the world her tal­ent. Win­ning would open op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­spire oth­ers through mu­sic and make them re­alise that “ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble”.

“I will fully fo­cus on my mu­sic ca­reer – be­cause it is what I do best – and study part time. I will also make sure that I have shows all over South Africa and abroad,” said Faku. She has vi­su­alised her­self mak­ing her own al­bums, re­flect­ing her melodic story rooted in her authen­tic self. “I live mu­sic and I love what I do. I would like to have my own band,” she said.

Asked how she would de­scribe her first per­for­mance on The Voice SA, she ad­mit­ted that it “was a lit­tle scary”, but added that it was also ex­cit­ing.

She cred­ited her fam­ily for sup­port­ing her, say­ing she was grate­ful that they knew and un­der­stood her love for mu­sic and what it meant to her.

She will be fea­tured in The Voice SA to­day on DStv chan­nel 101 at 5.30pm.

– Phuti Matho­bela

AMANDA FAKU FIRE AND BRIM­STONE work­ers

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