RECOGNISING LOCAL TALENT
By: Marcelle Naidoo
Contestants of all ages came together yesterday at the Chatsworth Centre Mall to battle it out for the top spot at the finals of ‘Chatsworth’s Got Talent’.
The aim of this project was to give people from different cultures and backgrounds a chance to showcase their talent. Community based events such as these allow people to perform in front of an audience they are comfortable with.
Clinton John, an employee at the Chatsworth Centre said, “There are lots of people who are really talented. It is an amazing initiative but I think the organisers should have been more open minded. It was a fun and exciting event but with proper planning and a bigger location, it could have been much more successful.”
The crowd was dominated with young people and proud parents who were fighting to get the perfect view of their children’s performances. The event was filled with a variety of acts, ranging from singing to hindi and hip hop dances as well as krumping. There was a musical and dance portion of the event and both winners received R10 000 in cash each.
Kenty Ramkissoon, one of the crowds’ favourites scooped first place in the musical category while Andrew Bothi wowed the judges with his moves and came first in the dance portion. Runners up in the competition received prizes sponsored by DSTV and residents of Chatsworth.
Louren David, who was born in Chatsworth but later moved to Johannesburg said, “It’s so good to see how far Chatsworth has come, to be planning events such as these, it really brings people together. I am happy to be on holiday here while it’s actually taking place.”
Undoubtedly this is the first of many successful events to be hosted at the Chatsworth Centre.