Via Kasi act takes award

Grocott's Mail - - ARTS NEWS - By BONKE LIWANI

An artist com­pe­ti­tion was held at the Makana City Hall on 16 Au­gust, and the win­ners of the R10 000 cash prize were Via Kasi Movers, a pantsula group that dom­i­nated the stage and de­served the win. This was the day af­ter a mu­sic de­vel­op­ment work­shop took place in the same venue for the ben­e­fit of Gra­ham­stown's mu­si­cians.

The artist com­pe­ti­tion was open to all per­form­ing artists, who came in their num­bers and with dif­fer­ent sounds, to claim the cash prizes.

The celebrity judges were Elvis Mali, Ra­dio Mcuba and Bule­lani Koyo from uMhlobo Wenene FM.

Another spe­cial guest was Mafa Bavuma, who wit­nessed the amaz­ing tal­ent that was on of­fer. Se­cond and third prize win­ners went on to win R5 000, and R3 000 re­spec­tively.

The dif­fer­ent medi­ums of mu­sic were noth­ing short of en­ter­tain­ing, with a mix of fresh spo­ken word po­etry from a few con­tes­tants. In­di­vid­ual and group per­for­mances kept the hall lit, de­spite the gloomy weather that may have de­terred some en­trants. All those in at­ten­dance made the most of the five min­utes they had to per­form.

Ivy Madyo of Tell Your Friends En­ter­tain­ment or­gan­ised the event in the hopes of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.

“We get so much sup­port from the lo­cals when we have events and we felt the need to ac­tively sup­port our own, as well as de­velop the youth,” said Madyo.

He is grate­ful for the as­sis­tance from ev­ery­one who was in­volved, and hopes that such plat­forms are a grow­ing trend, be­cause Gra­ham­stown’s artists have a lot to give.

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