By Sam Banda Jnr
Long-awaited Ka Jive Dance competition Season Four spearheaded by Times Group through Times Television (TTV) was launched yesterday at Times Entertainment Studios in Blantyre.
The competition, which will be running live on TTV, was launched with auditions which saw 20 groups from Blantyre, Mulanje and Zomba participating.
Ka Jive Season Four will see the winner walk away with K1 million whereas the runner-up will pocket K400,000.
Times Group Commercial Manager Lusayo Msukwa said they were excited to launch the competition.
“The launch marks the kickoff of Ka Jive Dance competition. Today, we had 20 groups but we urge groups to come and participate in the auditions. We have second auditions next Saturday,” Msukwa said.
He said the competition has been a success and it has unearthed dance talent among the youth.
Msukwa said, in Season Four, people are in for a treat and there will be more twists and turns including evictions, which will come after the auditions.
“We call upon youths to patronise the auditions and support their friends. Again, we also call upon parents to come and support their children and encourage them to show the best of their talent,” Msukwa said.
He said, apart from the contestants battling for the prizes, viewers also stand a chance of winning various prizes.
Some of the groups that participated in the first auditions included For Kings Only, Soweto Babies, Trap Dance Troop, Jammah, Ma Final Dance, Fearless Dancers and City Boys.
Judges for the competition – Rina, Robert Magasa and Daniel Thom, popularly known as Super DT – had a tough time of selecting 10 groups out of the 20 during the auditions.
“Some groups were on point, they showed the best of their routines, the energy and maturity but for others, it was poor. As judges, we would have loved to have 12 groups go through because the other two were also good but only 10 were selected,” DT said.
The show is hosted by TTV presenter Blak Jak.
The previous winners were M-Dub Crew.
The first auditions attracted a good audience that included the contestants, Times Group staff and partners in the competition.
Times Group Managing Director Leonnard Chikadya also patronised the launch.