Tshisa means “It’s Hot” in isiXhosa. And our artists are TSHISA.
The Tshisa Talent site has been created as a platform for local Garden Route and national performance artists to market themselves to all interested parties.
As part of the Tshisa Talent Agency ethos we are intent on discovering, developing and promoting up and coming young talent in conjunction with our seasoned professionals. Every year we venture into the communities to uncover talent lying dormant or bursting to be acknowledged. We audition as many performers in the categories of Song, Dance, Choir and Other. This leads up to the heated Semi Finals. The competition is on to be chosen as one of the Finalists.
We have sourced many artists from our immediate communities through the Tshisa Talent competitions and have been amazed by their talent and professionalism.
These artists are now being promoted through this site with the vision of developing their skills and affording them the opportunities to take their artistic careers even further.
Alongside these development artists we have a long list of experienced industry professionals from across the country.
If you are an event organizer, wedding planner, venue owner or anyone looking for some ‘tshisa’ entertainment at your event, then Tshisa Talent is just for you.
The Tshisa Talent Finals are a major red carpet event held at the White House Theatre in Plettenberg Bay. The list of celebrity judges have grown from Zolani Mahola in 2012 (enthusiastically returning in 2013) joined by our own 2012 Overall Tshisa Talent Winner Louisa Harker, Jayne Burden from the National Arts Festival and Elvis Blue (Idols Winner 2010). A diverse number of people addicted to the arts and culture of Plett attend the event and excitement runs high as they opt for their personal favourite. Businesses become involved and provide catering which is well advertised.
The winners in 2013 were Alpha Dog as Overall Performing Artist! Bitou Community United Church Choir! Vocalist Heinrich van Wyk and Dancer, Enrico Sam!! The Overall Winner for 2013, the Rapper from Kwanokuthula, Alpha Dog won the Remix Laboratory Showcase from the National Arts Festival supplied by Jayne Burden who was one of the 4 Celebrity Judges. Enrico Sam, the Best Dancer, who hails from Wittedrift, will be joining him. The Remix Lab is a program through which young artists attend workshops on marketing skills and attend numerous productions. Alpha Dog will also have his own Facebook page and business card design courtesy of Tweak Design plus a webpage design from Immaculate Digital and a photo shoot with Anja Wiehl of Smile Photographic Studio. Enrico Sam will be empowered with business card and web site design from Covarr Design, a photo shoot from Avo Photography. The winning choir, Bitou Community United Church Choir (BCUCC) will have a photo shoot with Glenn Murray Photography and website and business card design from EarthChild Media. Top vocalist Heinrich van Wyk won a photo shoot with Diane Goosen, web design from Cardell Brewer and business card design from Honeymoon Farm Graphics. The Print Shop came through in a big way and will be printing 50 business cards for each performer plus 200 for each performance category plus a write up and 2 photos of each performing group on Hello Plett’s Website which will certainly help them all to launch their careers. Plett Web Hosting will be hosting the websites. The Plett Music Academy will be giving vocal lessons to Heinrich van Wyk and piano lessons to the BCUCC. And our thanks go to the National Council of Arts of South Africa, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, the National Arts Festival and Plett Tourism. And of course, Stuart Palmer, the inspiration which makes his followers prepared to do the fire walk with him towards an inclusive dream of rolling out the red performance carpet for our visitors this Season.