Swazi Observer - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Si­mon Sha­bangu

SIYABONGA Lewis Dlamini is the ul­ti­mate win­ner of the Tsh­wane Gospel Choir au­di­tions.

Dlamini will be join­ing the Pre­to­ria based gospel en­sem­ble in Jan­uary.

The win­ner was an­nounced on Wed­nes­day morn­ing at Molly’ s House of Grills in Manzi ni. Si ya bong a stood out as the best among the 12 fi­nal­ists who were au­di­tioned by Umvini Events Man­age­ment.

The 23 year old mem­ber of Mba­bane Met­ro­pol­i­tan Church said he was hum­bled and hon­oured to have been iden­ti­fied as the even­tual win­ner of the tightly con­tested com­pe­ti­tion. He said this was God’s plan that he won the com­pe­ti­tion not just be­cause he was the best. “The Bible says He who has started the work will bring it to fi­nal­ity. On this day I see God fi­nal­is­ing what he started in me,” he said. Eswa­tini Arts and Cul­ture Coun­cil Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Stan­ley Dlamini said they were ex­cited about the project stat­ing that they were hop­ing it will con­tinue to ben­e­fit more lo­cal artists. He said they would have talks with Umvini Events and find away of record­ing the fi­nal­ists so that the tal­ent that was un­veiled is not lost. He con­grat­u­lated the fi­nal­ists stat­ing that get­ting this far was due to their tal­ents. Dlamini also urged the win­ner to be a good am­bas­sador of the King­dom and the Gospel. “The way you are go­ing to carry your­self at Tsh­wane will de­ter­mine if the re­la­tion­ship with the group and lo­cal artists con­tin­ues. I urge the one who will be the even­tual win­ner to know that there is high ex­pec­ta­tion from the lo­cal artists so he must not dis­ap­point but fly the flag high. “I want to urge you that you must not re­lent but move for­ward and use the skills that you re­ceived dur­ing train­ing when you were do­ing prepa­ra­tion for the com­pe­ti­tion.We would like to thank T sh wane for their open arms. “They have lived up to the great com­mis­sion which says, go out to the world, which is ex­actly what Tsh­wane has done by com­ing to the coun­try and scout­ing for tal­ent,” he said. He added that as a coun­cil they were ex­cited about such projects which un­earth the raw tal­ent, groom it and put it out to the world. “The di­rec­tors of Tsh­wane have as­sured us that the win­ner will be well taken care of at T sh wane and will form part of the big­ger fam­ily of the group.

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