Cape Town – To celebrate its 30th anniversary, pay-TV broadcaster M-Net will pay the 30 best viewer renditions of one of its first theme songs – Queen’s A Kind of Magic – R30 000 each.
When the Randburg-based M-Net started 30 years ago in October 1986, it decided to use the iconic Queen song from the same titled album as one of its very-first theme songs, along with the Brit-band's earlier song Don't Stop Me Now.
Now M-Net wants DStv subscribers in South Africa and across Africa to belt out their very own version of "A Kind of Magic" for its 30th birthday that can be anything – from a rock-star rendition like Freddie Mercury, a rap version, or acting crazy or against a jaw-dropping backdrop in an exotic location.
The best "A Kind of Magic" performances will be broadcast across the various M-Net's channels on DStv during November, along with some of iconic on-screen M-Net talent that viewers saw over the past three decades.
The closing date is midnight on Sunday night 23 October and people have to upload their theme song version at www.mnet.tv/30 which is open to people in any African country where there's access to any of the 40 M-Net channels.
"The competition is a special thank you to all our loyal viewers," says Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO.
"M-Net has grown immensely over the past 30 years – from being one pay-television channel to producing more than 40 channels for different audiences across the continent on different platforms."
"But we wouldn't have been here without the continued support of every single person who finds our kaleidoscope of story-telling entertaining, informative or inspiring."
"We would love to celebrate this milestone birthday with our viewers and trust that everyone who enters the competition – and those watching the performances on screen – will have loads of fun."
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