Tal­ent from At­lantis hits lo­cal mu­sic scene hard

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - ROBIN ADAMS

YOUNG songstress Talitha Luiters, from At­lantis is mak­ing a name for her­self on the lo­cal mu­sic scene.

The tal­ented 12-year-old has been seen per­form­ing at some ma­jor events around the West­ern Cape in re­cent weeks.

In May, she per­formed at the DA’s Worker’s Day cel­e­bra­tions at the Blue Downs Sta­dium, and party mem­bers were so im­pressed, they booked Luiters to sing the na­tional an­them out­side Par­lia­ment at the no con­fi­dence vote in Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma ear­lier this week.

The Sax­on­sea Pri­mary School Grade 6 learner has been singing since the age of three.

“My friends are very proud of me. And they are al­ways ask­ing: ‘ Where did you sing Talitha? And when are you go­ing to sing be­cause we want to come and see ( you per­form)’,” she said.

Luiters was nine when she caught the at­ten­tion of a lo­cal mu­sic pro­ducer while per­form­ing in her pri­mary school choir.

Pro­ducer Lau­renzo Davids – the brother of for­mer Idols SA win­ner, Sasha-Lee Davids – took her un­der his wing, and af­ter two years of vo­cal train­ing, Luiters en­tered a live singing com­pe­ti­tion on youth tv pro­gramme, Hec­tic Nine 9, and won.

Since then, the song­bird’s star­dom has been on the rise. Luiters has per­formed to big crowds at fes­ti­vals like the Suidoost­er­fees.

She was one of the lead singers with for­mer Idols win­ner Karin Kortje, along with Karin Hougard and Coe­nie de Vil­liers.

Luiters also daz­zled au­di­ences at the re­cent Snoek en Patat fees out­side Piket­berg; starred at the Cape Town her­itage fes­ti­val and the Diva’s Unite con­cert at GrandWest Casino. She also per­formed on the Ex­presso break­fast tele­vi­sion show.

“My dream is to sing on the One Gospel TV chan­nel,” Luiters said.

It should come as no sur­prise then that her favourite artist is ac­claimed gospel singer, Kirk Franklin.

Luiters said she would love to show off her singing abil­ity on The Voice tal­ent show, but had no am­bi­tions to sing on pop­u­lar tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion, Idols.

“The judges, most of the time pick the wrong peo­ple. I like them, but they make wrong de­ci­sions,” she said.

PICTURE: CHRIS SA­MUELS

Talitha Luiters pre­pares to sing out­side Par­lia­ment ahead of the vote on the mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

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