The Old Mutual Amazing Voices reality talent search hopes to unearth music groups from four African countries in a historic battle of the genres. DStv and GOtv viewers from Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe will, in the New Year, get to witness a historic reality show.

Singers can try out at the Old Mutual Amazing Voices auditions
Singers can try out at the Old Mutual Amazing Voices auditions

Gospel, pop, R&B

On 12 January, the 2020 Old Mutual Amazing Voices pan-African singing competition premieres on the small screen with contestants from nine African cities – Accra, Kumasi, Mombasa, Nairobi, Bulawayo, Harare, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg – squaring off against each other for the grand prize of $100 000 (R1.5 million).

The show will run for 13 weeks until 5 April 2020.

“Reality TV will never be the same again! Amazing Voices will take viewers on the musical journey with hopefuls from four African countries set to showcase their talents across three genres. This will make for compelling entertainment like never before and we are glad that the show will premiere on our platforms as this reaffirms Multichoice as Africa’s best storyteller,” says Nkateko Mabaso –  CEO M-Net.

The show seeks to unearth unsigned music groups across three genres – gospel, pop and rhythm and blues (R&B) with amazing voices. It will see celebrity selectors from each of the four countries selecting three groups from each genre after mass auditions to steer them through the elimination round before the winning group is chosen.

The show kicks off with mass auditions, then shortlisted groups will advance to the home ground battle, which will be the elimination stage. After the elimination phase, three groups will advance to the grand stage where they will sing it out to win the main prize in Johannesburg.

Amazing Voices audition venues

Kumasi – Kosados Arena Hotel, 1 October 2019
Accra –  Christ the king Parish Hall, 4 October 2019

Mombasa – Reef Hotel, 8 October
Nairobi  –  UAP Old Mutual, 11 October

Bulawayo – City Hall, 15 October
Harare -Monomotapa Hotel, 18 October

South Africa:
Cape Town – Old Mutual Pinelands, 22 October
Durban – The Playhouse,   25 October
Johannesburg – AMPD Studios, 28 October

Where and when is Amazing Voices screened? On Mzansi Magic, Mzansi Wethu, Africa Magic, Maisha Magic East and Zambezi Magic at 5pm CAT.

What: Old Mutual Amazing Voices talent search