The agricultural industry’s foremost talent competition delivered above par musical talent this year.
Agri’s got Talent, a singing competition and skills development project for farm workers in the fruit and wine industries, sourced great raw talent from across the Western Cape to provide a showstopper experience to guests who attended the finals event at Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl on August 4.
This year general worker and part-time security guard at Diemersfontein Wine Estate in Wellington, Mbulelo Sikade (34) took first place at the finals. Sikade had the crowd on their feet with his version of South African singer Nathi’s Nomvula.
Jason Baartman, a general worker and Afrikaans rapper from Panaroma Farms in Tulbagh, scooped the runner-up title for his original compositions. Jason Tiras, an assistant winemaker from Diemersfontein Wine Estate was awarded the second runner-up place.
Sikade, who started singing at a very young age, said being part of Agri’s got Talent was a dream come true.
“I was almost crying when I heard I was in the top ten. It was straight from God. I’m very happy to be the winner of Agri’s got Talent.”
Sikade also said being part of this competition was of immeasurable worth.
“In the beginning it was very tough getting used to everyone, and all of the hard work. But meeting all these beautiful and amazing people and working with them is such a blessing. All the jokes, making music and friendships, these people are my family now.”