Cape Town - The latest SA Rugby initiative
to grow the game in South Africa, #LoveRugby, received a welcome boost with the
confirmation of six new anthem singers for the Incoming Series
Four of the finalists of the
recently completed and massively popular talent show on M-Net, The Voice
South Africa, will perform the respective national anthems of South Africa
and Ireland during the series to be played in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port
The Voice SA, which
unearthed a number of fresh faces in the music industry, was very successful on
DStv and complements the #LoveRugby groundswell, which is also aimed at
bringing new faces, voices and fans to play, support and love rugby.
The eventual winner, Richard
Stirton, other popular finalists Lana Crowster, Vernon Barnard and Gavin
Edwards, as well as young and upcoming Cape Town singer Nathan Hendricks will
be assisted by Jamali’s Mariechan over the next three weeks at the Springbok
Crowster will sing Nkosi
Sikelel’ iAfrika at Newlands, Barnard will perform the anthem at Ellis Park and Stirton will sign off the series with his performance at the
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Edwards, who worked with Irish
rock star Brian McFadden in his career, will sing Ireland’s Call in Cape Town
on June 11, Mariechan will do so in Johannesburg on June 18 and Hendricks will
perform the visitors’ anthem in PE on June 25.
SA Rugby’s CEO Jurie Roux said
the talent show and the #LoveRugby campaign is a perfect fit.
“We have had many established
artists and stars singing our anthems in the past and we are very proud of
that,” said Roux.
“But we also want to bring in
new faces, fans and talents into rugby with the #LoveRugby story and at the
same time The Voice SA was doing something similar in the music
industry. It made sense to combine the two.
“It is great to have a new
generation of singers contributing to our test match experience and being given
the opportunity to perform on a different stage. That said, we are pretty sure
that they will be supported by the crowds in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port
Elizabeth, who will all be adding their voice to the effort.”