Competition seeking the perfect voice

By Rosalia David

VOICE Perfect Namibia an online-based singing competition is geared towards assisting young vocally talented individuals to make it big in the industry targeting to reach at least 400 000 people locally and internationally.

In an interview with Confidente, Voice Perfect Namibia founder Laurentius Haindaka said the online competition was initiated to create links between musically talented individuals with recording labels and producers.

“The competition is taking place on social media, with WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube as our main media pages for communication and content sharing. Our target is to reach out to at least 400 000 people locally and beyond Namibian borders,” he explained.

With three episodes already out of the way, Voice Perfect is currently gearing up for episode four of the competition with only 30 individuals who made the cut out of 60 participants who participated in episode three.

“We received more than 200 video entries countrywide, with all the regions represented and 80 percent of the towns in Namibia represented, but only 175 entries were successful the rest were unsuccessful. Now we are in episode three where only 60 contestants made it via public votes and judges’ votes. Episode four will only see 30 contestants make it,” he revealed.

The judges for the online competition are rapper Lioness, songstress Monique English and award winning artist Chikune while the host of the show is veteran MC Uejaa Kazondunge.

According to Haindaka, the competition has been well received: “It is our pride that we promoted (and continue promoting) local artists as manifested during our episode two which was the Local Smash challenge, where all contestants were required to sing local songs. That came with major acknowledgements from established local musicians,” he added.

He further revealed that Voice Perfect Namibia plans to host its finale towards the end of October; however the date might change depending on the progress of the pandemic.

Although he described the competition as successful so far, Haindaka said running a project of that nature can be quite costly.

“Running a talent competition can be costly, but we are managing with the little resources available from the few sponsors that came on board. It has been challenging getting sponsors as many are narrating the inability to come on board due to the impact Covid-19 has had on their business operations,” he said.