espAfrika, producers of the prestigious Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), launched a brand new initiative today called espYoungLegends.
This initiative involves a nationwide search for South Africa’s most talented jazz-inspired bands with a dream to shine and the talent to back it up. The winner of the competition will be given the opportunity to perform at the 17th Cape Town International Jazz Festival held at the CTICC on the 1 and 2 April on the Bassline Stage.
This annual competition will join espAfrika’s Training & Development commitment to growing a sustainable and professional entertainment sector. espAfrika prides itself on bringing up and coming artists, both local and international, to the big stage for their CTIJF debut performance. With this in mind, espYoungLegends was developed to open the CTIJF stage to an even wider group of undiscovered bands, providing even more opportunity to talented South Africans.
The competition is open to bands nationwide of 2-6 members. The criteria for #espYoungLegends include quality and strength of performance, quality of musicianship and star potential. Entries will be narrowed down to a Top 20 by our panel of submission judges. The Top 20 bands will then be placed on the espAfrika website, where the public can vote for their favourite band to be guaranteed a spot in the Top 5. The Top 5 will then be selected by the panel of judges and the winner will be chosen.
Festival Director Billy Domingo had this to say about this brand new initiative “We have so much talent in this country but what is often lacking and why bands don’t immediately progress in their careers, is performance time, and especially before large throngs of enthusiastic concert goers. This competition will change that as we are looking to showcase a young band affording them the chance to get that stage time as well as exposing them to new audiences and in the process, grow their following.”
Bands are invited to go to http://www.espafrika.com/espyounglegends t apply to become the first #espYoungLegends winner.
Closing date for submissions is: Monday 21 December 2015
The Top 20 will be announced on: Monday 1 February 2016
Visit http://www.espafrika.com for more details.