Incoming from Chrizane, who – as part of the You Magazine team – helped us out with the Rabbits For Nic appeal last year. Chrizane is now with Litnet and they are running a competition with Sanlam and MTV called Sing ‘it.
Sanlam and LitNet have just launched the third Sing ‘it lyric-writing competition, which invites South Africans aged 18 years and older with a passion for songwriting to submit their lyrics in a bid to win R50 000! And on top of that, lyricists will get the opportunity to see their lyrics turned into a song and music video that will be launched exclusively on MTV.
And they’ve got some amazing local artists involved as well: the acclaimed Blackbyrd, acapella specialists The Soil – freshly back from the Edinburgh Fringe, South Africa’s “Prince of Rap” AKA and Potch’s Christian Rockers Staatligkinders.
Here’s the plan: you write some lyrics (entries close 30th September), each band/artist will choose their favourite lyric from the pool of submissions then compose and record a song from it.
Then, the most popular of those songs will win the lyricist R50,000, plus a chance to star in the video.
And why? Litnet editor Etienne van Heerden:
We want to bring out the best in South African writers and that is why we dedicate our time to promoting lyric writing as a legitimate art form.
Anything that assists with pushing people to be creative and promotes literacy is good by me. Chrizane even suggested that I should enter, but I think I should probably stick to science. Safety first, hey?