FINALISTS 2019

If a man has a talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded, and won a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know.

We are proud to announce this year’s TOP 6 Finalists who will battle it out to win this year’s Talent Search SA competition at the GALA Event at Indaba Hotel & Spa in Johannesburg on Saturday 23 November.

CHANé CRAFFORD

Chane is currently a Gr11 pupil at a Highschool in Centurion and will matriculate in 2020. She has just been elected as a prefect to serve on the “LLR” for 2020.

Her music and vocal teacher at primary school encouraged her to enter local competitions, and she soon thereafter joined the music school Swallow 15. This experience allowed her to enter the South African Talent Championship (SATCH) in 2017 where she progressed through the provincial competition and made it to the national finals held in Rustenburg

2018 kicked off as an eventful year with her biggest supporter, her dad who purchased vocal lessons at an auction for her. This led to Chané recording her first EP with the vocal coaching and assistance from Jacques Terre’blanche, Idols second season finalists of 2003.

Attending the final event of the 2018 Copperstone Talent Search 2018 Chané made the decision – she wanted to be on that stage showing the world what she could do. And now the time is here, and she is ready to have the world at her feet!!

TLHOLEGO KEEBINE

Tlholego Mogolodi Keebine, was born and raised in Kempton park . He is currently in Grade 9 at Hoerskool Birchleigh. He is a freestyler of note. His mom recognised his talent and searched for a dance studio for him.  With a background of artists on the maternal side of the family, his mom thought it would be best to develop his dancing ability at a young age.

He started dancing in 2015 at the age of 11 and has been growing strong ever since. Within six months after joining a dance school he entered his first competition ‘Dancer of The Year’ which he won. He won several dance competitions after that including ‘Battle of Giants’ competition in 2017 leading him right into being on a hip hop dance championship level.

He wanted to do more than one dance genre however was unable to because of financial constraints as he is raised by his mom who is single parent. His dad left the family when he was six years old. He used dance to escape the pain from living without a father, not easy for a boy. Dance is a more than a passion to him, it is a way of life. 

His highlight is making it to the finals of “Talent Search SA’ competition on the 1st of September 2019. 

DIANDRé DIPPENAAR

My name is Diandré and I am a 26-year-old singer-songwriter. I was created in the Free State, adopted in Pretoria and taught all I know of life in Kempton Park.

I’ve been singing since before I could form proper sentences and was lucky enough to tour Europe twice while singing in the East Rand Youth Choir in high school. I am a jack of all trades and can play instruments by ear. I have UNISA and Royal schools grades in Piano and Violin and am self-taught with Guitar and Ukelele. Put any other instrument in my hand for longer than 10 minutes and I’ll play that too.

I am a classicaly trained singer who writes country-style music. I still cut CD’s with my favourite mixes on and animals make me itch – but I love them anyway!

With so much fake in the world, I want to bring back the real. Real people. Real stories. Real lyrics. Real music.

GONWAYNE

Gonwayne is a 32 old vocalist from Cape Town. He grew up on the Cape Flats, Mitchells Plain. He started singing in church, at the age of 16 years old and grew is vocal ability from there. You have to hear his pitch. It is as high as Mount Everest.

He always had the mind set of doing better everyday and has a hunger for success. He studied a degree in Pharmacy, and qualified as a Pharmacist in 2011. He is currently, also, studying towards completing a Bcom degree. Yes, he is as versatile as fettuccine.

Gonwayne believes in doing anything you desire. He loves make-up artistry and occasionally does make-up for matric dances and functions. Ask him to show you his make-up bag. You might get lost searching for the perfect eye shadow or smudge brush.

He loves the idea of achieving success and, prefers to be considered as limitless. He is a huge advocate for further education and loves to mix academics and talent.  He want to learn new things and loves making all kinds of soup, besides butternut.

LPS

Also known as Lebo Sekhoto, LPS’s first brush with music, at a very young age, was when she got the chance to sing for Lebo M. Even though she only sang the intro, being exposed to music in such a powerful way, “One By One”, fueled her passion for music.

A gentle soul, kind hearted person but with the spirit of a lion, her aspirations landed her in Switzerland where she began singing for banquets, corporate and special events in and around Montreux, Switzerland. This led to Mr Claude Nobs (Founder of The Montreux Jazz Festival) himself choosing her, to feature at the Montreux Jazz Festival for the Miriam Makeba tribute in the iconic Auditorium Stravinski.

From opening for the Narrow leading a rock band (Apollo 7) to featuring on “I Don’t Get it” (MiddleGround)  that was picked up by Soul Candi to collaborating with a swing/jazz band (Jazz Company) to being the opening act at the Huawei Kday there seems to be no limit to LPS and her career.

NDU

Ndu was Born On January 20, 1990 In Port Shelton Hospital, the son of Mildred and Raymond Ngcongo. He participated in school choruses until joining the Durban chorus. With his baritone voice he started performing as a wedding singer since the age of 16.

He became noticed as KZN’s first black country singer. He loves showcasing his talent by giving back to the community and to uplift and unite people. He believes that music can change the world.

This year’s GALA Event will take place at Indaba Hotel , Spa & Conference Centre in Fourways, Johannesburg on Saturday 23 November.


“Talent is a dreadfully cheap commodity, cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work”.  
Stephen King