The Inaugural South African Music Marathon, launched last year as a new platform that’ll afford musicians from underprivileged backgrounds the opportunity to showcase their talents. The programme saw young musicians being exposed to networking opportunities to bridge the creative divide in impoverished areas.
The event strictly targets young musicians in disadvantaged areas across the country. The idea behind this massive undertaking is to provide a platform to unrecognized musicians who are less fortunate to undergo any form of formal career development in the Music Industry.
Gud Fellaz, an acapella group from Tshwane were the winners of last year’s event, and have since enjoyed the much needed exposure in the music industry, from recording jingles for Gauteng youth radio station, YFM. This time around it came in the form of making in to the top 21 contestants on eTV’s South Africa’s Got Talent. The group wowed the judges with their harmonies and arrangements of their performance.
When asked about their journey Gud Fellaz said: “without the South African Music Marathon, we wouldn’t have been able to realize our greatest potential, and we’re looking to make our families proud and make the most of our talents. We hope that many talented young people will see the value of being proactive and not giving up on their dreams.” Follow their journey on SA’s Got Talent on eTV every Sunday at 6PM.
The South African Music Marathon program director Mr Sello Ramosepele said: “I knew that SA Music Marathon will offer youngsters opportunities such as these, I’m thrilled to have played a part in mentoring and piloting a project such as this one.”
South African Music Marathon is currently planning for the 2016 event and will be bigger, better and will continuously be looking to empower young talented people who don’t have such platforms to showcase their creative prowess.