Mmegi Online :: MAD Top 3 Preview: Odds-on young Kapambwe favoured to win
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MAD Top 3 Preview: Odds-on young Kapambwe favoured to win

Tomorrow (Friday), one of the top three finalists in My African Dream's Battle of the Finalists will walk away with the unprecedented P50, 000 cash prize.
By Staff Writer Sun 18 Nov 2018, 13:07 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: MAD Top 3 Preview: Odds-on young Kapambwe favoured to win








The top three - Tshegofatso Serite, Moonga Kapambwe and Mophato Dance Theatre - are expected to put up their best performances in a show that Maitisong director Rosalyn Beukes said will have "international calibre performances".

"These are some of our top performers bringing their absolute best performances," she said in a telephone interview with Mmegi ahead of the grand finale to be held at the Cresta Lodge in Gaborone. Beukes encouraged concert goers to attend the show in large numbers saying they could get to be part of the show, by voting and helping the judges make their decisions.

South African performer Vicky Sampson, whose song My African Dream inspired the talent show, will be a guest judge, augmenting the Tshepo Ntshole, Owen Rampha and Shike Olsen line-up.  Sampson will also perform, with the top six finalists, a piece that she is currently work-shopping with them.

"This show is never about the money, it's about exposure, and we like to support, nurture and involve all our top six finalists," Beukes said, adding that the top six will also be used as guest artists at each of the traditional MAD nationwide search semi-finals.  Two finalists will be used at each semi-final show, she said. Along with the P50, 000 prize, the winner show will be guaranteed of an hour and a half of airtime on the national broadcaster and MAD sponsor Botswana Television (Btv). 

The winner will thus have three 30-minute episodes, which will centre on their inroads into the performing arts

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industry. It is expected that the judges will have a tough time choosing the winner from the three talented and deserving finalists.  All three have managed to amass a huge following since their February 9 audition.

Kapambwe is a favourite of many.  He may be the youngest finalist, but he is not the least experienced, having performed in his own concert and other shows since being declared the Judges' Choice winner in 2009.

Despite his big voice, Kapambwe's performance last week was less than stellar, and some fans booed when he was announced as one of the top three finalists. There was, however, only jubilation, most of it from the group itself, when Mophato Dance Theatre was announced as one of the top three finalists. 

The group blends Afro-fusion, contemporary and classical dance moves, and in last week's performance they paid homage to South African dance styles by performing a scene from musical Sarafina and dance moves inspired by Sophiatown.

Tshegofatso Serite is the teenager with the voice to rival, her inspiration, American singer Jennifer Hudson's.  In her past performances, Serite has stayed loyal to ballads that showcase the power of her voice. Last week, her performances of old time favourite Get Here by Oleta Adams nearly put off audience members, who like it more when they are able to identify songs and sing along.  But she quickly rebounded with her performances of Celine Dion and Jennifer Hudson songs. Tickets for the final are available from Maitisong at P220 each.

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