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Battle of the Bands at Liberty Mall


R10 000 up for grabs for winners

A seven-week musical treat will be staged at Liberty Midlands Mall in PMB from Saturday, July 20 and will run every Saturday from 12 noon to 2pm, as some of the province’s exciting new musical talents take to the stage during the centre’s first Battle of the Bands.

The best solo artist and the best band each stand to win R10 000, plus an opportunity to perform at the grand final which will take place on Saturday, August 31st in the mall’s main entertainment arena.

The Liberty Midlands Mall Battle of the Bands will be divided into two segments – best amateur band and best amateur solo artist. Entrants will compete weekly at the Mall’s Lifestyle Centre with two finalists from each week making it to the next round.

Variety of genres

The competition is open to a variety of genres, including acoustic, folk, rock, pop, reggae, classical, alternative, Afro or jazz. Twenty-four performers (12 solo artists and 12 bands) will each have a 15-minute slot to perform two-to-three songs.

Judging will be based on planning, originality, material, appearance, interaction, quality, confidence, stage presence, attitude and, of course, entertainment and showmanship.

Martin Godfrey.

The judges tasked with making those difficult choices include Martin Godfrey, who is a Pietermaritzburg resident and has been involved in the music industry since 1980, singing in bands such as Sir Ripfrey Ding, Fuse, Special Branch, Sultry Thread, The Splayed Ferrets, Dee & Gee, MiTH Band as well as a guest vocalist in various bands. Martin has presented radio for Radio Maritzburg (2002-2004) and KZN Capital 104FM (2016 to date) and Emceed for various events, including Southern Cross festival, Splashy Fen Folk Club Stage, Cars in the Park and Midmar Mile.

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Presently, he is a financial advisor by day, and a MiTH (Music in the Hills) team member every second Wednesday evening. His no-nonsense style will be interesting to watch at the judges’ table.

Nomalanga Hlubi.

Also on the panel is Nomalanga Hlubi, from Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, who has been active on the bigger stages as a jazz singer since 2002. Her highlight performances include the Ladysmith Jazz Festival, Durban Central, Ugu Jazz Festival, at Jazzy Rainbow club in Durban as well as other venues and events around South Africa. Nomalanga has shared the stage with stars like Oleta Adams, Regina Belle, Ringo Madlingozi, the late Hugh Masekela, Bongo Maffin and Joel Zuma.

Her experience and gentle nature provide a welcome addition to the judges’ table.

If you’re an amateur band or soloist and think you’ve got what it takes to win the Liberty Midlands Mall Battle of the Bands, enter today by sending your details and your demo.

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You will need to post a link of your material to SoundCloud, YouTube or provide a MP3 (maximum size of 10mb), and send a short bio and photo together with a signed entry form to this link.

All entrants will undergo auditions to qualify.

Entry is free for all of those wishing to enjoy the seven live shows by Battle of the Bands entrants. Entries close on Wednesday, July 17.

Any queries can be directed to or visit the Liberty Midlands Mall website or social media pages.

Main picture top: Photo by Markus Spiske/Unsplash


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