Mi Casa es su men­tor for new­bies

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT MUSIC - VA­LEN­CIA GOVINDASAMY

LET’S be real. Which up-and­com­ing un­signed artist wouldn’t love the chance to be men­tored by one of the hottest groups in the coun­try, Mi Casa? And have a once-in-a-lifetime ex­pe­ri­ence of tour­ing with the guys around the coun­try?

That’s what’s go­ing down at the Cas­tle Milk Stout Un­plugged Tal­ent Search. The com­pe­ti­tion scouted for the best un­signed vo­cal­ists live on ra­dio and the fi­nal­ists will em­bark on a tour of Cape Town, Dur­ban and Joburg.

Run in as­so­ci­a­tion with Metro FM, the tour will see semi-fi­nal­ists Nani, Martin Pk, Itu, Obak­eng, Thuli and Dikelo per­form along­side Mi Casa.

Dur­ing the ra­dio show, each con­tes­tant had to cover Mi Casa’s Heav­enly Sent and sing their own com­po­si­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to Cas­tle Milk Stout Gen­eral Man­ager, Ju­lian Rema, the tal­ent search is an op­por­tu­nity to get our best un­signed artists to per­form along­side the greats and learn un­der their tute­lage.

Tonight caught up with Mi Casa’s trum­peter, Mo-T, to learn more about the tour and the semi fi­nal­ists. Mo-T is easy­go­ing as he tells me about their in­volve­ment: “Ob­vi­ously, it’s a good re­la­tion­ship we’ve got go­ing with Cas­tle Milk Stout. It’s like a fam­ily type of thing. We shared our ideas and they asked us to do it and we got in­volved.”

On the semi-fi­nal­ists, he says they will be look­ing for cer­tain qual­i­ties in each con­tes­tant: “But ul­ti­mately, it’s left to the pro­duc­ers of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We al­ways have fresh stuff and new songs that the crowd haven’t heard. We’re a funny group that comes up with stuff on a plane or dur­ing a sim­ple sound­check. The tour is go­ing to be an awe­some show and there are al­ways sur­prises with Mi Casa so any­thing is pos­si­ble. And we love all un­plugged shows, it’s in­ti­mate and we get to tell the crowd about each song. They get to know each of us on another level. Who knows, you could even see me danc­ing and not J’Some­thing,” he laughs.

Back to the un­plugged tour, two of the un­signed vo­cal­ists will per­form in each city, en­joy­ing the chance to be men­tored by Mi Casa. Obak­eng and Thuli will per­form at Trin­ity in Cape Town, Nani and Martin PK at Live – the Venue in Dur­ban and Itu and Dikelo at Ur­ban Tree in Joburg.

Of his ex­pe­ri­ence in the com­pe­ti­tion thus far, Dur­ban­ite Obak­eng says: “Ob­vi­ously, it’s a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence and feel­ing. Know­ing that I’m go­ing to be as­so­ci­ated with big brands like Metro and Cas­tle Milk Stout is great for a hus­tling mu­si­cian who is try­ing to es­tab­lish him­self. And I can learn a lot from Mi Casa, even though I’m not do­ing their style. They made it hap­pen and are now con­quer­ing the con­ti­nent. I’m so glad I get to meet J’Some­thing and share the stage with them. It’s a won­der­ful jour­ney.”

The con­certs kicked off in Cape Town yes­ter­day and move to Dur­ban on Sun­day and Joburg on Novem­ber 26. Win tick­ets on the Cas­tle Milk Stout Face­book page.

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