Karin Kortje, Cape Town Lately
Karin Kortje, Cape Town Lately

Karin Kortje showcases local talent at GrandWest

Back by popular demand! Karin Kortje Presents: Night With The Stars returns to Cape Town’s Grand Arena next month, to once again honour and celebrate some of the best undiscovered musical talent within the Overberg region in the Western Cape.

The Overberg’s Got Talent competition, which runs till the end of August in schools from Grabouw, Villiersdorp, Caledon and Hawston, was conceptualized by Kortje in order to discover musical talent within the region, and to help them achieve their dreams of working in the entertainment industry.

Rooted in the history of this production is Karin Kortjes’ investment in young talent.

“I am fully aware of talent that exists in my hometown and because they do not have many singing opportunities, like the way I did when I won Idols, I feel it’s my responsibility to give back and nurture the future talent of the region, so that they too can realize their dreams,” says Kortje.

The music competition, which is running in its third year, will culminate in the winner being announced on 26 August. The 2017 winner of Overberg’s Got Talent will be given the opportunity to perform on the Grand Arena stage at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World with amazingly talented artists in the industry as they share, captivate and mesmerize audiences with their voices on 15 September.

“My heart fills up with pride when I see all the talent that exists in South Africa. We have had so many children from the Overberg region enter this competition, with no formal musical training or vocal lessons, and when they audition, they exude so much talent – which reminds my as to why it’s necessary to give back to my community. My aim is to give them a platform to share their talent, with other top local stars and learn from these musicians to forge their own musical career,” says the mother of four children.

Kortje, who won Idols in 2005, says the idea of this competition started as a way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her win on the reality TV show.

“I always knew I wanted to give back and working with my former band manager, Vernon Joorst, we’ve managed to recruit and audition children to participate in the competition. It’s been such a rewarding journey, with this years’ competition entrants really giving their all and I look forward to performing with the winner on stage next month.”

Karin Kortje Presents: Night With The Stars is set to dazzle Cape Town audiences with a host of top local talent on the evening.

Joining Kortje on stage for a mesmerizing concert of song and dance are: current champion of The Voice SA, Craig Lucas; former Idols 12 Top 4 contestant, Terra Cox; The Voice S1 contestant and singing powerhouse, Robin Pieters; one of Cape Town’s most loved diva’s, Salome Damon Johansen; former N2 band member-turned-solo artist, Carmen Exclusive fellow Idols contestant alumni, Rhema Verrie as well as former Idols runner-up and R&B crooner, Thami Shodebe.

Internationally acclaimed pianist and music teacher, Camillo Lombard, serves as the musical director for this production while Basil Appollis is set to produce and direct the show – giving it his unique stamp of South African authenticity.

Tickets for this spectacular show can also be purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com , on 0861 915 8000, or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and range between R150 and R200 each.

MORE ABOUT KARIN KORTJE

Karin (37) is a former winner of the SA singing reality TV show, Idols, and hails from Grabouw in the Western Cape. After winning the third season of Idols, Karin released her debut album in November 2006, entitled Forever And The Day. The album received positive reviews from critics and exceeded sales – reaching Gold Status in South Africa selling just over 20 000 copies. In 2009, Karin independently released a more up-tempo single Love In The First Degree, which achieved success of various Cape Town radio stations. In 2011 the singer released her first and only Gospel song, Discovering. That year, Karin also starred in the musical This Is My Life telling her life story, before, during and after Idols, alongside Idols SA season four winner, Jody Williams. The show ran for a second season, alongside singer and actor Loukmaan Adams. Karin was also one of the official opening acts for US singer, Tamia, in South Africa in 2014.

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