Posted by Aileen Raymond Wednesday, November 6, 2013 0 comments

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AKA, The Soil, Straatligkinders and BlackByrd
 record local songwriters' lyrics


The Sanlam Sing 'it lyric writing competition
invited South Africans over the age of 18 to submit their lyrics for
top South African artists to record into hit songs. The third instalment
of this popular competition, held annually, kicked off in August, with
900 amateur lyric writers
 submitting thousands of entries over the course of two months.

year's participating bands, AKA, BlackByrd, The Soil and
Straatligkinders, then had to face the daunting task of each selecting
only one lyric to turn into a song. And now it is up to the public to
vote for their favourite track! The song with the most votes will win
the lyricist R50 000 in cold hard cash!Sanlam Sing 'it will also sponsor the winning artist to record the song as a music video.

four finalists' songs will be aired on MTV (DStv channel 130) during
November. And as if seeing your name and song on TV isn't enough,  each
finalist goes home with R5 000 cash, a set of Monster DNA headphones
worth R2 500, and Roland home recording equipment to the value of R3
500, courtesy of Paul Bothner Music.

The competition is a partnership between lead sponsor Sanlam, organisers LitNet and media partner MTV (DStv channel 130). Sanlam Sing 'it aims
to showcase the work of amateur lyric writers, and facilitates
collaboration between top South African artists and talented writers,
giving them exposure and helping them get a foot in the door to enter
the local music industry.
Jays, Paul Bothner Music and Monster DNA have come on board as retail
sponsors and the winning music video will be exclusively aired on MTV
early next year.

The songs can be downloaded for FREE at from 5 November 2013 until 5 December 2013Also remember to listen out for the finalists' songs playing in Jay Jays stores nationwide.

To vote: 

Via mobile: SMS the band name to 33641

Via PC: Click on this link 


For AKA: "Freedom" by Giovanni Coetzee 

Giovanni Coetzee



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is very challenging for people to write music from their own
perspective for another artist. It is refreshing to hear hip hop music
with a positive message. Giovanni's song had the most structured and
well-written lyrics." – AKA

More about Giovanni:
is a 27-year-old father of two from Cape Town. He works for the mobile
network Mxit. He is passionate about music, especially the process of
writing and creating a song. Giovanni is also a pastor and theology
graduate planning on establishing his own church soon. He enjoys outdoor
sports like trail running and off-road mountain biking.

For The Soil: "Tap tap" by Nothando Zungu 

Nothando Zungu

had already worked on the melody and we needed lyrics that would give
the whole song a happy and playful feel, and Nothando Zungu's lyrics
provided that and more. When we sang those lyrics it felt like we had
written them – they took us back into the Motown era and resonated with a
nostalgia that we sometimes tap into. That's how much we connected with
her work. We had lots of fun in the studio recording the song and we
can't wait for people to get down to it. We love the song and want it on
our second album." – The Soil

More about Nothando: Nothando
Zungu is a 24-year-old data collector from Pietermaritzburg. Until this
year she has never shared any of the many lyrics she's written. If she
wins the competition, she hopes to spend some of the prize money on
taking music lessons to help her give life to this secret love affair
with music that she's had for many years.

 For Straatligkinders: "Plaasvervanger" by Frans van Wyk 

Frans van Wyk

song is definitely one of our funnest and danciest songs we’ve done
yet. We wanted to do something different from what we’ve done before and
this project was all about having fun and stretching ourselves and
crossing borders within our own writing camp. The story behind the song
is one of an underdog who lost a love, and I think we can all relate to
that at some point in our lives.” – Straatligkinders

More about Frans: Frans
van Wyk is a 26-year-old singer-songwriter from Pretoria. He submitted
three songs and this was his first year of participating in the
competition. Frans is also the lead vocalist in a local band called
"Hey, River!".

For BlackByrd: "You're the reason why" by Beulah Lee Harris 

Beaulah Lee Harris 



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immediately fell in love with Beulah Lee Harris's lyrics. They were so
simple. So straight to the point and so from the heart! The melody we
chose completely marries her words and so we're very proud that we could
create something so special with her."

More about Beulah: Beulah
Lee Harris is a 49-year-old sales representative from Durban who has
been writing songs for more than twenty years. She has entered 21 songs
for the Sanlam Sing 'it competition since 2012 and "You're the
reason why" is her first song that has ever been recorded by another
artist. Beulah has five children and likes to write songs while she's
cooking for her family.

For more information on the competition please visit,@SingitSA or

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Judul: Sing'it!
Ditulis oleh Aileen Raymond
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