Open mic competition

Jazz singer Austin-Lee Jacobs from Strandfontein performs at the annual Nederburg Picnic Pops sunset concert in Paarl this month.

The 11th Open Mic Jazz singing competition is taking place at GrandWest in September and October.

Anyone who would like to enter can take part in the Warm-up
Wednesday sessions, which is a chance to practise your songs with the band, every Wednesday in August, from 9pm to 11pm at Jackson Hall.

To enter the main competition, visit for the Open Mic Jazz (OMJ) list of songs, attend the auditions happening on Wednesday evenings in September and fill in a registration form. The competition works on a first come first serve basis and there can be only 30 auditions for each session.

The competition is free to enter. There are cash prizes of R40000, R15000 and R10000 for the winner, and the second and third place respectively.

“GrandWest invites all jazz singers who are not making a living from singing, who have not released an album and who do not sing full time, to enter this fantastic competition,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and promotions manager at GrandWest.

“We encourage anyone who loves to sing jazz, to try out.”