Plett, Knysna artists come out tops

Big smiles from (from left) Henricus Gysman (DJ Rickey G from Eden FM); Zikhona Nweba-Monaheng (Fringe manager of the National Arts Council and Cape Town Fringe Festivals); beatboxer/vocalist Nasiphi Nkungel; poet, songwriter and vocalist Nkosazana Asive Dyantyi; and Amanda Valela, actress and choreographer for Lunchbox Theatre. Photo: Anja Wiehl

KNYSNA NEWS - Oakhill School was bustling with activity during the Tshisa Talent finals competition, staged for the first time in Knysna, courtesy of the National Arts Council of SA and Knysna municipality. The finals took place on Saturday, March 25.
 
Founder of Tshisa Talent Stuart Palmer said, “The talent was so sizzling that it was a difficult decision for the judges and we wished everyone could win a prize as they were all winners. We are very appreciative of the support of the National Arts Council, the mayor, Knysna municipality and Tourism for helping us to make this possible. It was one of the greatest nights of their lives for many of these talented youngsters.”
 
Winners were given an opportunity to make music video productions, made possible by Brian Nkosi’s Born 2 Shine Studios, winner of Tshisa Talent 2015 and fondly
 
known as Zafie. Cash prizes which will be utilised to improve their careers in a special skills building workshop were also up for grabs. The overall winner and winner of the song category was The Voices, described by Palmer as an unusual and effective duo who combine riveting vocals and clever beatboxing. The winners of the dance category was the vibrant Sakhulunthu Arts Group,
 
“The drama category was hotly contested between the Moonstone Drama Group from Redefined 101 and Jodene Brown Theatre,” said Palmer. “Both inspiring drama groups have appeared on numerous stages in South Africa and would make ideal fundraisers for women’s rights groups. In the end, after a long debate, the judges decided to give the award to Jodene Brown.”
 
The rap category was snatched up by Killer Toonz with their unique and energetic act. Megan Charles was awarded the most promising performer award.
 
Mncedisi Ncedani, Tshisa Talent cofounder, said, “We have discovered over a thousand artists within the Plettenberg Bay and Knysna communities, and Knysna can feel very proud of the quality of their talent.”
 
He said their greatest wish is to help these artists launch sustainable careers.
 
“The winners also received CDs, branding and sound equipment. If anyone needs to add a local flavour to their entertainment platform, these youngsters offer a good option,” concluded Ncedani.
 
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