Singer Salome Damon-Johansen is on a mission to find the next young singing superstar on the Cape Flats.
The I Don’t Want to Know singer has been auditioning learners in Mitchells Plain ahead of her show later this year, when they will share the stage with her.
The 37-year-old songbird was at Aloe Senior Secondary on Wednesday to check out the talent.
Salome says: “This is one of the reasons I wanted to come here, because I attended school here.”
The kids waited nervously inside and outside the classroom for a chance to raise their voice and impress Salome.
As they approached the table where the four judges sat, they could barely look them in the eye, or speak loud enough for them to take down their names.
“Relax, asseblief, you will be performing on a big stage with a band and a choir, so you must be able to control your nerves,” Salome told them.
Grade 11 learner Zanele Dabula, 17, from Phillipi even shed a tear as she belted out an emotional gospel song.
Salome says: “They are all so super-talented and all of them just prove that we have got talent here in Mitchells Plain.”
At the end of the auditions, three youngsters were chosen to perform at Salome’s show in September.
One of them, matriculant Michaela Gana, 18, from Phillipi was writing an exam before the auditions, and made it just in time.
Michaela sang Adele’s hit Someone Like You and said afterwards: “I’m very happy and excited that she chose me.”
The other two winners are matriculants Marvin Hyser, 17, from Mitchells Plain and Bangokuhle Manga, 19, from Phillipi.
Salome has also been handing out stationery packs to the kids brave enough to audition.
The singer says: “I’ve been to Portlands High School as well and because I’m doing this out of my own pocket, I’m very grateful to Craig Levendal from Essential Office Supplies who gave me stationery to give to the children.”
Catch Salome and the youngsters at the Grace Performance Centre in Parow on September 2 and 3.