It’s official, the coaches of the first ever The Voice South Africa have been announced and this basically means that the search for South Africa's best voice has begun.
The announcement was made on various regional radio stations across the country and the tension was so thick, you could literally cut through it. First up was the soulful Lira. Lira was announced on East Coast Radio and in an exclusive interview, she said she was after contestants who sing with authenticity and she can’t stand laziness. Lira promises that #TeamLira will learn how to be their authentic selves. “I’m really about bringing out your uniqueness”.
In Cape Town, Rock Queen Karen Zoid was live on KFM and when we caught up with her, she said she was looking for singers who know where they are going and just need a bit of support. “I’ll be listening out to breathing technique. Focusing on your breathing is key, and lyrics to the song”.
Afrikaans singing sensation and song writer Bobby van Jaarsveld's involvement was announced on Jacaranda FM. Asked what he’s looking for in his team, Bobby said he was after voices that own the stage. “I’m looking for originality, not copies of someone else. The artists need to be authentic, real and just themselves”. So if you’re gunning to be #TeamBobby, you know how to prepare.
For Kahn, who's known for his lead in superband The Parlotones, it’s all about singing with conviction. “Sound authentic and not too trained and I must believe them,” he says when asked about what he wants from #TeamKahn. He added that he doesn’t want to feel like someone is singing too much with technique rather than ‘feel’.
Now that you know what the coaches are after, it’s time to ready yourself for the auditions. If you want to be on The Voice, you need to have an amazing voice, be older than 18, have South African citizenship and go to the countrywide auditions which will commence in October.
The auditions are taking place in the following cities on the following dates:
Cape Town – Sahara Park Newlands Cricket Stadium on 17 & 18 October;
Durban – Kings Park Rugby Stadium on 24 & 25 October;
Johannesburg – Mark’s Park on 31 October & 01 November.
To skip the long audition queues, you can also submit a YouTube link of you performing a song to www.mnet.tv/thevoice. The Voice SA's selection team will fast-track some of the best voices on these online audition submissions to the front of the queue.
For more information about The Voice SA auditions, or to find out what the coaches will be looking for, go to mnet.tv/thevoice. You can also joinThe Voice SA conversation on “The Voice SA” Facebook page, and via Twitter on @VoiceSA using #TheVoiceSA, #TeamBobby, #TeamLira, #TeamKahn and #TeamKaren hashtags.
The Voice SA will be screened exclusively on M-Net 101 from January 2016. It is produced for M-Net by AMPN and is sponsored by Dialdirect.