The vocal coaches shine during the very last auditions – Idols SA

10 September 2020
The very different Theatre Week meant we got to meet the talented and empathetic vocal coaches, many of whom have experience in reality singing competitions!

Here’s what you had to say about the vocal coaches during the solo round of Idols SA Theatre Week:

We can confirm that two of the vocal coaches are members of Jamali, formed during 2004’s Coca-Cola Popstars. They’re Mariechan Luiters and Liesl Penniken, who had some great advice about the remixed Theatre Week in episode 5:

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Liesl Penniken

If you’re not aware of Jamali, well: they won a SAMA in 2009 for Best Pop Act, and even you must have heard this number!

Watch the coaches at work in this clip, and then we’ll let you know more:

After Jamali had run its course, Mariechan Luiters went solo, and she’s subsequently featured on tracks by DJ Ganyani, Euphonik, ProKid, Riky Rick, Steve Kekana, and on Idols alumn Shekhinah’s ‘Different’. She’s even featured on the ‘Scorpion Kings Live’ album by Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa! (Yes, the album that gave is ‘eMcimbini’).

In 2018, she released the ‘Cherry Blossom’ EP and the single ‘Missed Calls’.

Her former bandmate Liesl Penniken has been less prolific, but she has featured on gospel tracks by Benjamin Dube and Jonathan Dubian, as well as on an EP by Sphectacula and DJ Naves, ‘The Kings Way Vol. 1’. This EP also featured another name that will be familiar to Idols fans: Khaya Mthethwa!

We have another Coca-Cola Popstars winner in the fray: Kurt Herman, who was part of 101, who won in the inaugural edition of the show in 2002 (beating out 8,000 other hopefuls). He’s married to another of our coaches, multi-Platinum R&B artist Tima Reece, whose debut album ‘My Body’s Crying’ was nominated for a SAMA for Best Pop Album in 2003. Together the two run BluBerry Entertainment and have worked with artists like Anatii, Khuli Chana, Mango Groove, and more.

As for the other coaches, let’s have a look.

Timothy Moloi is a seasoned artist who’s performed at the SAMAs, two Miss South Africa pageants, Tri-Nations rugby, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony. His 2009 album ‘Love That Music’ was nominated for two SAMAs.

And Tebogo Moloto is a singer who features on this iconic track by our host, ProVerb!

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