Zungi Myeni & Senziwe, 2017 Gospel Icon Discovery Competition winners
Durban’s renowned Gospel Icon Discovery Competition, an eThekwini Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit gospel music talent search programme, celebrates its 6th anniversary this year. Following extensive preliminary rounds, the competition’s finale will take place at the Ohlange Sports Ground in Inanda near Durban on 8 December 2018 from 08h30 till 15h30. Admission to the Gospel Icon Discovery Competition in Inanda is free and all are welcome to attend and show their support for the competitors.
The Gospel Icon Discovery Competition is aimed at cultivating upcoming artists in the City, and helps them launch their musical careers. The project is designed to produce future Gospel icons while alleviating poverty. The competition not only creates memories, but also has a positive impact on society, by developing people’s musical skills and assisting participants in reaching their aspirations. Following extensive auditions, those artists who have made it past the preliminary rounds are given the opportunity to showcase their skills at the main event as mentioned above, where the winners are announced.
The talent scouting programme initiative, which is the brainchild of the Head of Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit, Mr Thembinkosi Ngcobo, involves prominent local artists who assist developing upcoming artists and are also judges throughout the competition.
The competition has three categories: the ‘Odwinkidwinki’ category caters for children under 12 years; the second category including soloists and duets from 13 years and older; and the third category, for groups of all ages. In each category, the winner is awarded a cash prize. This year’s First winner goes away with R20 000.00 and a recording deal, second place R 15 000.00 and third R10 000.00 and a demo.
The winners will be mentored by the programme’s judges - Thina Zungu, DJ Happy Gal, Gah Ndlela and Malusi Mbokazi - the winners become ambassadors for the development programme through being invited to perform for professional fees on influential platforms such as high profile-municipal and government functions, among others events.
-Interviews & photos available on request-