Smuller’s Got Talent 2015
Written by Kura Maswera
On a balmy Wednesday the UCT community congregated in the Upper Common Room to watch the most talented people that these two fine establishments of Smuts and Fuller had to offer unleash their hidden talents for their Annual Talent Show. The 8 acts involved were put through their paces in one audition session on Thursday the 30th of April which culminated in being shortlisted for the Grand Final on the 20th of May. The judging panel were given the challenging task of shortlisting acts for the final as well as ultimately deciding who would emerge victorious in The Grand Final.
Although the acts were limited in terms of only exploring the theme of music this was still one of the best nights of entertainment we have had this year. , The night started off with the great performance by the pairing of Andrew & Jemma with for their rendition of a mellowed out indie song. Which was followed by Thabiso Modukanene who performed some soul touching opera, Geoffrey Forbes who showed his versatility by both singing and playing the guitar, Queen Kwinana with her groovy rendition of Drakes “Hold on We’re Going Home”, Phehello Makgat & Ulrich Beckering-Vinckers who performed their own original song and Matimu Rikhotso who performed Sam Smith’s “Stay with me” to the enjoyment of the crowd.
Keanu Domingo, Head of Entertainment, said, ‘The competition was particularly fierce and I couldn’t call it! The acts have all worked incredibly hard and all deserve recognition for their efforts.’
In 3rd place was Xanti Bunguzana who got the crowd on their feet with his own original rap lyrics with 90’s hip hop beats as the back drop. His energetic performance even got the crowd to participate in his performance which made it that much more special. In 2nd place was Hamish McCready who performed his own original guitar piece that he came up with during a dark time in his life…during load shedding. It was a beautiful piece and the crowd showed their appreciation with a standing ovation.
David Jones was given the crown for Overall Winner of the Talent Show with his amazing version of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”. He played a total of five instruments during his performance not including his amazing singing which made him a worthy winner.
When asked about his experience of the event, Matimu Rikhotso a budding singer, commented, ‘I think my performance went quite well; the audience liked it, and I got a big cheer at the end”. Queen Kwinana said, ‘I was kind nervous but excited before my performance and I think it went really well’.
We would like to thank everyone involved in helping to make this year’s Talent Show such a success. The students and members of the committee who welcomed the guests at the front of house, supporting our acts backstage. The Tech Team, for making the night look and sound extremely professional and our judges, who had the unenviable job of deciding our winner. A special thank you to our acts who all worked tirelessly to ensure they thrilled our audience, showing us their talent!