Ka Jive Dance competition Season Four is finally here. Dance lovers have waited for a long time for the competition which has over the years won the hearts of many especially the youth.
Spearheaded by Times Group through Times Television, the competition has improved every season. According to Times Group Commercial Manager Lusayo Msukwa this is another edition that comes out bigger and better.
For those who have followed Ka Jive since its first season at the then Nanzikambe Arts space in Naperi, Blantyre then they would attest the beauty of the competition.
The competition has over the past seasons attracted contestants as young as seven years who have gone on to stun the audience with their dance skills.
If you have watched the popular dance competition on Television So You Think You Can Dance, then you should be familiar with Ka Jive.
The competition is not just a dance battle but rather it challenges dancers to create attractive and creative routines and at times, contestants have been asked to practice different dances such as tango, samba, break dance and traditional dances such as beni and malipenga’.
Msukwa said they were supposed to kick-off the contest in September but they changed it to tomorrow in order to perfect the showdown.
And tomorrow at Times Entertainment Studio in Blantyre contestants will showcase the best of their dance moves and swag to earn a place in the competition.
“So we will have contestants from different places competing during auditions. As I indicated, we were overwhelmed with the applications, we received close to 100 and now we will sieve through auditions to remain with 30 acts,” Msukwa said.
He said with many sectors affected by Covid-19 pandemic, they also have been affected by the pandemic but worked hard to make sure that Ka Jive Season Four takes place this year without fail.
He said this year will see the winner walk away with K1 million while the runner up will pocket K400,000.
“In the past editions, it has been the winner takes it all but this year we thought of rewarding number one and two. This, we are sure, will motivate the contestants work hard. “We don’t want to pre-empt everything. People should just follow the competition and will see the surprises we are talking about. Again, apart from the prizes to the winners, we have some prizes going to viewers such as branded T-shirts” Msukwa said.
He said they were happy that some players have also started coming in to be part of the dance competition which was created to among others, unearth talent as well as show the best of dance.
For a long time the art of dance has been neglected in the country and yet it is a profession.
Today, we see perfect music videos with dancers killing it and most of these dancers have come out of Ka Jive,” Msukwa said.
Some of the groups that are products of Ka Jive include Floor Steppers, Salama Africa Dance Crew from Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa, Metics Dance Crew and M-Dub Dance Crew which are the winners of the previous edition.
All in all let the competition begin and let the dance routines come out.