The Voice SA: Meet #TeamLira

2016-03-15 14:30

Cape Town - Coach Lira has been noticeably selective in swivelling her chair around throughout the Blind Auditions.

Her strategy ultimately paid off as she nabbed some of the best talent.

Meet the team here:

Jeremy Olivier

Jeremy is currently an in-house performer at the famous Twelve Apostles hotel and spa in Camps Bay, he has already released five singles to radio stations since 2012 with the latest one charting at number 31 on Heart FM. 

El Clay

El hails from the small town of Vredendal in the Western Cape. He founded his own recording studio, Heartbeat Recordz, in Vredendal with older brother Ashley, with whom he also formed a band called HB-Live. He entered The Voice SA because it presents an opportunity for him to advance his business.

Austin Lurring

20-year-old Austin is currently studying Music and Performance at AFDA in Durban North. Coach Bobby slammed down his buzzer on the first line, but because he has always dreamt of working with Lira and loves her music vibes, he decided to join #TeamLira.

Sibulele Miti

Sibulele works at a financial services company in Cape Town. She is the mother of a two-year old girl who inspires her to follow her dream to make it big in the music industry. Growing up in Zwelitsha King Williams Town in a musical family, she always performed at local weddings and cultural events in her small town and followed her dad, a musician himself, around to practice her skills wherever she could.

Robin Pieters

Robin is a professional musician who recently starred in David Kramer’s production of Orpheus in Africa at the Fugard Theatre. He studied music at the Cape Music Institute and has done backup vocals for many famous South Africans. He even opened for international acts like Tevin Campbell and Tamia.

Kimberleigh van der Ventel

Music has always been an obvious career for Kimberleigh – she sang in the South African youth choir, trained as a classical singer, performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and then enrolled at the University  of Cape Town last year to study jazz vocals.

Lendel Moonsamy 

Lendel from Durban has been living for music ever since his dad pulled him into his band called Friendz as a backup singer and rapper. That was at the age of 12! These days, having put his teenage rap years behind him, Lendel is the Musical Director of his local church.

William Wolf

Family man and song writer William is an English and music teacher. He studied Musical Education and Languages, and back in the day he was part of a successful band called Soul Proxy, which was signed to a record label in the early 2000s and even earned a SAMA nomination.


Actress and songstress LuniQue’s stage name is a true reflection of this highly spiritual and individualistic performer. She has been touring extensively since childhood, performing at music festivals and in musical theatre.

Jono Johansen

Jono is a double world champ chorister, having triumphed at the Cincinnatti World Choir Olympic Games in 2012, and again in Riga in Latvia in 2014, in the “Scenic Pop” category. This classically trained young singer, who is also a self-professed fitness freak, has been studying many genres of music, but jazz currently occupies a special place in his heart.

Busisiwe Mutlaka

Busisiwe is a consultant for an IT firm. She used to sing with her sister who passed away in 2008 and has recently teamed up with her best friend Yonela to form the gospel band Sekwaya.

Tshegofatso Makhafola 

Tshego is a teacher and humanitarian from the West Rand. His masterful performance of Miram Makeba’s Ntyilo Ntyilo captured the hearts of all four of the coaches, who turned around to rave about his unique, standout voice.

Zoë Modiga

Zoë won a SAMRO music scholarship in 2015 to study anywhere in the world, but decided to put it on hold to enter The Voice SA. She is a full-time musician, singer-songwriter, and composer.

Meyrand Roux

Meyrand is a self-taught muso, who has performed in a band since the age of 15, he has been gigging non-stop. After school, Meyrand did a stint as a sales man, but then chucked out his suits and ties to become a tattoo artist apprentice. That’s when he realised that music is in fact his true calling.

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