Its vision is to bring hitherto hidden music talents to the spotlight and celebrate them. Now in its fourteenth season, Idols South Africa has been doing just that and doing it well. At least Mzansi is impressed and never fails to watch.
Musa Sukwene, Anke Pietrangeli, Karin Kortje, Jody Williams, Jason Hartman, Sasha-Lee Davids, Dave van Vuuren, Karabo Mogane, Paxton Fieles and Khaya Mthethwa are among the past winners so far.
Like all reality television shows, the finale is usually the climax of excitement – when tears are shed with ease and kisses and hugs are given with abandon. The Idols South Africa finale was no different.Source: Idols SA
The finale was held at Carnival City. Some of Mzansi’s biggest music names, including AKA, DJ Tira, Prince Bulo, Black Coffee and Kwesta performed live, stoking the excitement of the night and making it one of the most memorable in Idols SA history.
Paxton Fieles, who won the reality show last year, was on hand for a superlative performance of her single “Angifuni,” and she got the audience cheering.
“Vur Vai” mastermind Kwesta, who Reason recently co-opted on “O Suna Mang Keleteng” alongside Kid X, caused a stir when he zoomed unto the stage on a power bike. He then gave a performance befitting a rapper of his caliber. The audience went wild.
DJ Tira and Prince Bulo have got great stage chemistry that is hard to miss or even ignore, and they gave a great performance as well. It was all cheers and applause.
AKA revealed yet another winning streak when he performed his hit song “Fela in Versace.” He was simply mesmerizing and got the audience into a frenzy.
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They trooped to twitter en masse to voice their admiration of his gifts. A twitter user even offered some prayers on the SupaMega’s person, to which he responded: “That is the coolest thing anyone has said to me today. Thank You. God bless you.”
But the night actually belonged to “Scars” crooner Yanga Sobetwa and “Blow by Blow” mastermind Thato Makape. It was open battle between the duo. In the end, viewers were unanimous Yanga Sobetwa should be crowned winner.
Previous winners have nothing but praise and commendation for the duo. On Yanga Sobetwa, Paxton Fieles has this to say: “Yanga has a good and deep voice. It relates to the mood of every song she chooses. She is not just a great vocalist, she loves South African music and her voice comes out better. I’ve met her some time ago and she is a sweet person, very humble.”
Paxton Fieles also has some good words for Thato Makape: “Thato has grown a lot in music and whether he gets crowned or not, he has proved himself and might get into the music industry if he keeps the same energy.”
Paxton Fieles isn’t alone in her praise of Yanga Sobetwa or even of Thato Makape. Karabo Mogane, a one-time winner of the reality television show, says of Yanga Sobetwa: “She has such a great voice! She gives me goosebumps every time she sings, like she’s anointed and she was born to sing. She sings to heal our hearts from pain. She is not a very good performer but she captures hearts. It is not about her being the youngest in the competition, I believe she would have still nailed it even at 50.”
Idols SA organizers were only too pleased to give her the award. They took to their verified Twitter account to call her the newest millionaire in town. They also shared the hope to see her album soon.
Yanga Sobetwa’s win will see her pocket R1 million in cash. She will also get musical equipment worth R80k and a recording deal with Gallo Record Company. Other prizes include a Huawei MateBook, a Ford Fiesta Titanium and R100k worth of fashion items from Truworths.
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