Lyrics get centre stage with Sanlam writing competition
Financial services group Sanlam has paired with literary organisation LitNet and music channel MK for the Sing ‘It lyrical writing competition.
South Africans aged 18 years and older are invited to submit their own song lyrics to win R50 000 and a chance to work with a famous local artists by featuring in the music video of their very own song.
First introduced in 2011, the competition brought lyricist Pierre Smith an MK No. 1 hit with Die Ouer Ek.
This year, six South African artists; Tumi and the Volume, Louise Carver, Zinkplaat, Zaki Ibrahim, ekhouvanjoy,okay! and 3rd World Spectator are on board.
The bands or musicians will each choose their favourite lyrics from the pool of entries to record and compose a song.
All six songs will be made available for the public to download and vote via social media. The song with the most downloads is the overall winner.
The runner-up five songwriters win R5 000 and the opportunity of collaborating with the band or artist who have chosen their lyrics and produced it into a song.
“The fan’s role in the music industry is perhaps too often understated, and we wanted to show that LitNet as a community truly does voice South African culture in a very tangible way,” said Gerdus Senekal, the Sing ‘it project manager for LitNet.