From the thousands of entries that were received since the #SingWithSundowns launched in June, eleven finalists have been announced.
The names below are all in the running for the ultimate R1-Million Rand grand prize to be awarded at the Mamelodi Sundowns 50th anniversary Gala Dinner this coming December.
Kamogelo Msimango – Setswana language category winner
Kamogelo is a 19-year-old student from Tshwane, Soshanguve. He describes himself as a creative person who is passionate about music.
“Music has always been a great part of my life. During my school days I was known for singing solos and acapella as well as for being in the school choir. Lyrics can also come to me at any time and then I immediately write them down. When I heard about this competition on radio, I immediately thought this was the opportunity I had been waiting for and decided to go for it.”
Kamogelo dreams of one day building a home for his family therefore participating in the #SingWithSundowns is one step closer to achieving his goal.
“As the first-born son I needed to make use of this opportunity which could change things for the better for my family.”
Lufuno Maliga – Venda language category winner
35-year-old Lufuno is from Dzimauli village in Limpopo. He remembers seeing the Mamelodi Sundowns team for the first time when they came to his village to play football.
“The Mamelodi Sundowns FC is not only confined to the cities – seeing it go into Africa and playing good football has been inspirational.”
Lufuno is not a full-time artist and this was his first attempt at entering any competition out there and striking lucky – winning R30 000 in the Venda language category.
Hlohonolofatso Abraham Mahate (Hloni & Faki) – Sotho language category duo winners
Hlohonolofatso, who is affectionately known as Hloni, entered the competition as a duo with his friend, Faki, a recording gospel artist from Sasolburg in the Free State.
The two met on idols during season 10 in 2014. They have always wanted to work together and when Roodepoort, Johannesburg, based Hloni heard about the #SingWithSundowns competition as a football supporter and a former Wits University FC player, he wrote the song and went to Faki in Sasolburg where they recorded it.
Jeffery Zukile – Xhosa language category winner
Jeffrey hails from a small town called Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape. The inspiration behind his song was Themba Zwane aka Mshishi whom he believes is one of the best players in the country.
In his song he pays tribute to the president of the club as well as the technical team.
Nqobile Mbandlwa – Zulu language category winner
Nqobile, 28 years old from Chatsworth KZN was inspired by his passion for football and music to participate in the #SingWithSundowns competition.
Nqobile hopes to be crowned as the ultimate winner of the R1-Million as he wants to build a home for this family as well as a music studio so that he can progress with his passion for music.
Obed Malahla – English language category winner
Obed from Midrand has been a fan of the team since 1989 as a child. He grew up in the village where they did not have TVs to watch the games and he remembers how they used to listen on the radio with family and friends.
In his spare time, he records Sundowns supporters’ songs and sells them to the fans during matches.
Jim Ntuli – Ndebele language category winner
Jim from Witbank Mpumalnga has been the biggest fan of Mamelodi Sundowns FC since he was a child, his late brother introduced him to soccer.
The inspiration to write the song came when he and a friend were walking to fetch fire wood for his mother.
“The song is inspired by our love for the game, this also reminded me of the good old days with my late brother.”
Hazel Rammone – Afrikaans language category winner
Hazel from Mamelodi together with a group of friends took a chance with Afrikaans to change the narrative that the language is difficult, especially for black people. “This was difficult but worth it,” she says.
Hazel and her friends are not professional singers, they were encouraged by a local DJ to take part in the #SingWithSundowns competition as she has watched them sing at stadiums during soccer matches.
Esai Shivambu – Tsonga language category winner
Esai 22 from Makhado in Limpopo believes that the inspiration for his winning song came from the fact that Mamelodi Sundowns FC are the African Champions and that is why he titled his song Sundowns Ya hlula which means we are winners.
“My sister in-law asked me if I can sing and I said yes, and she said let us record a song for Mamelodi Sundowns. We came up with the lyrics “Sundowns Ya Hlula in Tsonga, we went to a small studio and recorded the song.”
Lawrence Makhubedu – Sepedi language category winner
Lawrence is a 39-year male from Marbel Hall, Limpopo. His love for Sundowns is what motivated him to participate in the competition.
Nontuthuko Lekhuleni – Swati language category winner
Nontuthuko, 37, is a DJ from Hazyview Mpumalanga while her partner, Mr Chillax is a vocalist.
“The KaBo Yellow song inspired us, we know the song even though we are not soccer fans or supporters.”
11 voting winners have been chosen for the month of July and they each walk away with R7 000 each.
Those who missed out in July are encouraged to submit their songs as the August entries are now open. Participants are urged to visit the Mamelodi Sundowns website, www.sundownsfc.co.za to submit their songs before the entry date is closed, who knows August might just be your month.
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