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NMMU student wows at 'The Voice' auditions

MARCH 6, 2017
NMMU student wows at 'The Voice' auditions

First-year Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Accounting Diploma student Amanda Faku, 23, literally had The Voice South Africa coaches spinning in their seats with her audition on this music competition recently.

The Voice South Africa, a television music competition, is currently in its second season on M-Net.

The competition starts with the “blind auditions", where the candidates are not seen, only heard. If the coaches are impressed with someone's voice, they press the "I Want You" button, which also turns their seat around to face the contestant.

Amanda’s rendition of John Legend’s song, Ordinary People, grabbed the attention of all four coaches from the second line of the song. 

“I was shocked and in total disbelief when all the coaches turned, I was hoping for at least one person to turn around and then, at the same time, I was concerned that no one might turn,” said Amanda.

Amanda is not the only student with NMMU links to have been selected to continue on The Voice. NMMU alumnus, Aston Wylie, who was a soloist in the NMMU choir last year but now lives in Cape Town, has also advanced to the next round.

Watch Amanda's audition here:

Since all the coaches expressed interest in mentoring Amanda, she was able to choose the coach. And while Karen Zoid literally begged on her knees, Amanda chose Lira. Lira is also Aston’s coach.

“I was the happiest I’ve ever been. It was unbelievable, unexpected and I feel so blessed and so happy that I can finally do something I love doing,” said Amanda, who plans to continue her studies as she believes it will aid her future music career.

“The support from family and friends has been huge. My family supports me all the way and see the end goal,” she said. 

Country-wide additions are still taking place and one hundred singers will be chosen to advance to from the “battle rounds,” where each coach pairs two of their team members to perform together, then chooses one to advance to the live finale rounds.

In this final phase of the competition artists perform in weekly shows where the public can then vote for their favourite contestants.

“When I was six years old I would sing at our home church group and when the adults attending were impressed, I realised I could sing,” said Amanda.    

Amanda, who has no formal musical training and admits to having stage fright, is hoping to launch her music career with this show.

The singer describes her favourite music genre as soulful RnB and enjoys listening to music by, among others, Thandiswa Mazwai, Lira, Daniel Caesar and Ray Phiri.

Amanda is currently working on building her music career and is accepting invitations for gigs. She can be contacted on 078 835 3400.