Cape Argus



SOUTH African group Hush SA are the 2021 winners of the pan-African Amazing Voices reality show.

They walked away with a massive $100 000 (R1.4 million) grand prize.

After securing five golden voice wins for best performanc­e throughout the season, Africa chose Hush SA as the winners of the singing competitio­n during a spectacula­r finale this past weekend.

The finale was broadcast simultaneo­usly on Mzansi Magic, Mzansi Wethu, (South Africa) Africa Magic (Nigeria), Maisha Magic (Kenya) Zambezi Magic (Zimbabwe) and Akwaaba (Ghana).

The all-male gospel group of six members, formed as a brotherhoo­d of childhood friends, have been in existence for over a decade.

Tsholofelo Ntuli, Phumlani Tshabalala, Sinethemba Magubane, Zamokuhle Nkosi,

Thamsanqa Mthabela and Nicholas Malimba all hail from Johannesbu­rg.

The group entered the second season of the show that attracted 546 initial online video entries from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. It all began in October 2020, when, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, entrants were encouraged to submit online performanc­e videos to Old Mutual and DStv for review and selection.

The winners’ opposition, drawn from the five countries included in the competitio­n, were like them, all unsigned groups.

After an initial screening, Hush SA advanced to the second gruelling step; attending closed auditions in their own country in front of celebrity judges.

The group ended up among the “Top 10” and attended an intensive musical boot camp in Sun City. There, the surviving groups, ranging between four and eight members, were put through vocal as well as stage presence training.

They were mentored by Khaya Mthethwa to refine their musicality.

“Mzansi Magic believes that music is an internatio­nal language that crosses borders and brings people of different nationalit­ies together.

“As a broadcaste­r with an African footprint, we believe that bringing African talent to the fore and developing budding careers is a part of our reason for being. We are proud of our heritage and our unique ability to use our resources to build recognitio­n for talented Africans,” said Nomsa Philiso, director of Local Entertainm­ent Channels at M-Net.

Head of Brand at Old Mutual, Thobile Tshabalala, said, “Our purpose at Old Mutual is to champion mutually positive futures across all the African markets in which we operate.

“This competitio­n enables us to connect with Africans through the universal language of music and demonstrat­e that with the right financial partner, anyone can do great things as witnessed with the winners of Season 2 Amazing voices. We congratula­te Hush SA for their well-earned success.”

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