The Culture Shock online competition is shaping up to be the biggest shift in Cape Malay Choir and Kaapse klopse history.
The second episode of this kwaai new show, which is produced and directed by Loukmaan Adams in conjunction with Oddball Concepts, was even more exciting than the first one.
The two teams, that competed for a spot in the finals in episode two, was Hats Off PSV and The Clean Team Star Crooners.
Both teams were quite outstanding and the judges really had their hands full deciding the winners.
From the very first item performed by PSV it showed that they came to win the competition.
The inter-singing in the Nederlandsliedjie was mind boggling.
They even added a piece of acting before the actual singing started which helped to tell the story even more.
The lead singer, Ikeraam Cupido, was smooth on the lied and the pak blended nicely with him.
Nederlands judge Amien Vardien said that he was really impressed by the innovation.
On the moppie item, PSV sang the story of Antie Poppie the Weduwee, who gets encouraged by her community to go in search of love.
The choreography was stunning and comedian Marc Lottering, who was a guest judge, said: “I am impressed by the lead singer, he made something very difficult look very easy, so well done.”
The big moment was when PSV sang their English moppie.
It was time for one of the biggest stars of the moppie item to take stage, Tashriek de Villiers aka TDV.
He gave a flawless performance, completely had control of the moppie, dominated the choreography and added some theatrical flair.
This was also one of my favourite performances of the night, because the singpak brought it in every department.
When the second team stepped on stage they must have been nervous because the bar was set quite high.
But The Clean Team Star Crooners stepped up to the plate with pure determination.
They were extremely clean as their name says, nothing fancy, they came to their places, stood facing the judges with two lead singers in the centre, ready to perform the Nederlandslied.
The two lead singers are both equally talented and carried the lied beautifully.
The singpak remained still and sang solid harmonies, nothing fancy, but created a wall of sound that gave one goosebumps.
The moment the two lead singers sang a line in the Nederlands in harmony was a complete game changer for this item as a whole.
This was never done before, purely because there was always only one lead singer and I can’t see it going back to what it was.
It’s an innovation in my opinion that is here to stay.
The find of the season so far for me has to be the Clean Team Star Crooners lead singer on the moppie song.
He sang that Afrikaans moppie with such gees that you got lus to jol with them.
What was amazing to me was that despite doing all of the comical movements and characterisation, he still managed to sing the harmony parts above the pak and the inter-singing with sheer class.
The Star Crooners Juvenile Sentimental gave a Broadway performance of note – clean diction, polished choreography and a style that is uncommon to the klops fraternity.
Judge Boeta Maan Adams said that while watching her perform, he felt like he was in another country.
Terry Fortune, who is the juvenile sentimental judge, said this is what he loves to see, a performer who is rehearsed and prepared and confident and that one can see is definitely going to be around for a long time ‘because she is a star’.
Guest artist Mujahid George gave one of his best performances to date with his rendition of The Impossible Dream.
Anwar Mckay said it was amazing.
With that said, a job well done to Loukmaan Adams and his team.
Irma G is getting better by the week as a host and I can’t help, but emphasise how wonderful it is to have a female host in a male dominated sport.
The Jive Culture Shock is new, fresh and innovative and it’s here to stay.
If you ever wondered what I meant in the past when I said we need to move the culture into the new era, then book your ticket for Culture Shock on Quicket and see for yourself: that era has arrived.