Dalene Swartz performing a Beyoncé hit. Photo by Jan Potgieter.

UJ Crowns the Best Dancer, Singer and Slam Poet

A panel of judges at the UJ Arts Centre selected the winners of the annual UJ Can You Sing, Dance and Slam competitions during the competitions’ finale last night.   

Here are the names of the talents and winners the audience and judges loved . . .

Can You Sing?

The UJ Can You Sing? winner, Dalene Swartz, danced her way onto the stage as her name was called. The singer received a standing ovation from the audience after her performance of Beyoncé’s Love on Top.

Swartz got a record deal with Sly Music, a gym membership and an iPad. She joins the likes of Tumelo Ngomane, who won UJ Can You Sing? last year.

Dalene Swartz #UJCanYouSing Winner
Dalene Swartz performing a Beyoncé hit. Photo Jan Potgieter.

Can You Slam?

A first-year BCom Information Management student, Sithembiso Mokuwa, stole the show with his smile and clever use of words. The audience kept snapping their fingers in appreciation.

When the judges announced that he had won, the crowd could not stop cheering for him. The poet will go on tour with Izimbongi zeSizwe.


Sithembiso Mokuwa #UJCanSlam Winner
Sithembiso Mokuwa doesn’t hide his emotions when reciting his winning poetry. Photo by Jan Potgieter.


Can You Dance?

Kekeletso Motloheloa did not let her injured knee stop her from delivering an amazing performance. From her first performance to the last, she kept amazing the crowd through a combination of dance styles.

The first-year Retail and Business Management student told The Open Journal that dance is in her DNA. Motloheloa’s showmanship was rewarded with a year-long management deal with artist agency, 4th Wall management.

Kekeletso Motloheloa #UJCanYouDance Winner
 Kekeletso Motloheloa exudes confidence on stage. Photo by Jan Potgieter.

The winners walked away with Branded Gear and Cultural Bursaries. No one went home empty-handed as the other contestants were given food goody bags, courtesy of Arts Centre’s café.   Unlike last year, when each competition was held on separate days, these three competitions were held on the same night.

UJ’s Production Co-ordinator and Publicist, Lakin Morgan-Baarjies, described the competition as the most diverse they have ever had. Participants were from all four campuses and the University collaborated with a film school, AFDA, in making the event possible.

About Sanele Nkosi 5 Articles
Sanele Nkosi is a second-year journalism student at the University of Johannesburg. The Soweto native is interested in poetry, nature and music. A radio presenter in the making, Nkosi describes herself as an adventurous person who is full of laughter. She is a proud member of the LGBTI community. She is shy but free-spirited once she gets comfortable around people. Sanele spends her free time watching television series, spending time with her siblings, and going to the movies. Sanele is currently working as an entertainment and sports journalist for The Open Journal.

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