The road in the popular dance competition Ka Jive Season Five begins Saturday afternoon with auditions for the Southern Region at Times Entertainment Studios situated at Times Group headquarters at Ginnery Corner in Blantyre.
The competition, which has attracted a lot of interest from the youth, is run by Times Group through Times Television.
Times Group Advertising Manager–Radio and Television—Alfred Kanjere said Thursday that they are starting with auditions for the Southern Region before reaching out to the Central and Northern regions.
“All groups from the Southern Region that registered will partake in the auditions on Saturday (tomorrow) and then, next week, it will be the turn of the Central and Northern regions which we will do together. We are excited with the response and we are looking forward to another exciting time,” Kanjere said.
He called on people to patronise the auditions’ event Saturday.
“The participants will need support and this is where we need the audience. We are calling upon parents to come and support their children and sample dance talent,” Kanjere said.
He also hailed Business Computer Services for their support to the competition.
“We just want to open the door to companies, non-governmental organisations and well-wishers to be part of this competition. For those players who would want to reach out to young people with their services and messages, then this is the platform to engage them,” he said.
Kanjere also said they were excited that more players have shown interest see part of Ka Jive Season Five having seen its success.
“It has been such an exciting journey since we started and the fruits are there to in being. Most of the dance groups being used by companies during their events have passed through Ka Jive. Through this platform, we are also helping keep young people away from unnecessary behaviours and nurture their talents,” he said.
Recently, Kanjere said the competition has attracted close to 50 acts during registration.
With its catch phrase Tivine Zimenezi, Ka Jive has unearthed groups such as Salama Africa from Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa and Floor Steppers.
Having started with groups from Blantyre, the contest is now countrywide.
Soweto Boys from Blantyre won Ka Jive Season Four and pocketed K1 million. The first and second runners-up were Luchenza and Abantu crews, respectively.