SABC1 Calls for Afro-Fusion Singers for New Talent Competition uShuni Womhlaba

SABC1 and Jika Majika producer Thabo Mphelo are on a search for singers for an Idols-type competition reality show called uShuni Womhlaba. They’re looking to discover new talent from various South African musical genres such as Maskandi, Mbhaqanga, Isicathamiya, Afro-pop, and traditional music from different regions of Mzansi.


The series will be hosted by Ukhozi FM’s Mandla Magwaza, a.k.a. “Njinji wami,” and Metro FM’s Mpumi “Msakazi” Mlambo.


The judges for this exciting new competition are:

  • Sho Madjozi – Afro-fusion muso
  • Big Zulu – Rapper and songwriter
  • Phuzekhemisi – Maskandi muso
  • Msaki – Composer, singer, and songwriter


The competition offers incredible prizes, including:

  • Mentorship: Guidance from industry professionals.
  • Recording Contract: A contract to record an album.
  • Cash Prizes:
    • R500,000 for the winner.
    • R300,000 for the second place.
    • R200,000 for the third place.


The series is being produced by Thabo Mphelo Films, and auditions are happening in four regions across South Africa. A total of 40 singers will be selected for the show. If you’d like to audition, here’s what you need to know:


  • Dates: Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June 2024
  • Venue: Kwa Mai Mai in Johannesburg

Eastern Cape

  • Dates: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June 2024
  • Venue: Lusikisiki Health Resource Centre


  • Dates: Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July 2024
  • Venue: Emalahleni Civic Theatre


  • Dates: Saturday 13 July and Sunday 14 July 2024
  • Venue: The Playhouse Company

How to Audition

Arrive at the venue on the specified dates and showcase your talent! This is a golden opportunity to be discovered and take your musical career to the next level.

Premiere Date

Mark your calendars! The show premieres on Sunday, 7 July 2024, at 18:00.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to become South Africa’s next musical sensation! Share your passion, showcase your talent, and join the uShuni Womhlaba journey.

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