The highly contested 2017 GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition is heating up, with the announcement of the 24 jazz performers who will be going through to the quarter finals. The performers will compete in two quarter final rounds at Jackson Hall: on September 6 and 13.
The 24 quarter finalists (at the time of writing) are Anathi Mobo, Caitlin Farmer, Clyde Hanekom, Courtneigh Davids, Gugu Duma, Ian Daniels, James Henry, Kirsten Williams, Kyle Petersen, Lauren Hendricks, Libo Ndwayana, Liso Gewabe, Marvin Boer, Naledi Masilo, Natalie Russell, Ncedeka Bophe, Odwa Bongo, Penelope Radsma, Peter John Titus, Sisanda, Myataza, Ursula Jacobus, Vess, Vicky Rose and Zolani Bongo.
A full house is expected for the quarter final events as the top 24 entrants compete for a place in the final stages. The community is urged to be at Jackson Hall to cheer them on. They will perform on stage before a live audience, accompanied by a band. The judges will be focusing on vocal technique, song interpretation, stage presence and audience response. The shows will commence at 8pm and there is no cost to attend.
Only 12 will be selected to go through to the semi finals which will take place at SunExhibits, GrandWest on September 18. The final six will battle it out for the title of OMJ Winner 2017 at SunExhibits, GrandWest on September 20.