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    Popular Music Vocal Solo    

 
 

Before entering also please read the General Rules and the description of each section below to determine the difference between Contemporary and Classical Crossover. No changes will be allowed if the candidate is entered for the wrong section.
One section/technique is not better than the other, just different in approach.

Time limit:   

Grd 4 - 7 – max 3 min

Grd 8 - 12 – max 4 min

Please note: Grade 1 - 3 enter in VJ section (Junior Vocal) - with piano/keyboard accompaniment

CONTEMPORARY

 

Contemporary music is the section for singers that focus on “speech level” singing (in other words, the singer’s speaking and singing voice is the same in terms of sound and quality). Singers with a chest sound and forward projection fall within this division. Examples include Adele, Celine Dion, Juanita du Plessis, Demi Lovato, Pink, Diana Krall, Ed Sheeran, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Michael Buble, Sam Smith, and Keith Urban.
 
 

Popular Song

  • International or local radio playing hits, either up-tempo, mid-tempo or ballad.
  • Examples: Taking Chances – Celine Dion, Rolling in the deep – Adele, Mercy – Shawn Mendes, Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams.
LM 1        Grade 4 R105
LM 2 Grade 5 R105
LM 3 Grade 6 R105
LM 4 Grade 7 R105
LM 5 Grade 8 R115
LM 6 Grade 9 R115
LM 7 Grade 10 R115
LM 8 Grade 11 R115
LM 9 Grade 12 R115

Gospel

  • Christian music in any genre, with a clear religious lyric.(The words “Lord”, “God”, “Jesus” or “Holy Spirit” are prominent).
  • Examples: Oceans – Hillsong, Noel – Lauren Daigle, Our God – Chris Tomlin, Deliverer – Matt Maher, Jesus take the wheel – Carrie Underwood
LM 10       Grade 4 R105
LM 11 Grade 5 R105
LM 12 Grade 6 R105
LM 13 Grade 7 R105
LM 14 Grade 8 R115
LM 15 Grade 9 R115
LM 16 Grade 10 R115
LM 17 Grade 11 R115
LM 18 Grade 12 R115

Afrikaans Song

  • An orginal Afrikaans song. No translations.
  • Examples: Hande – Karlien van Jaarsveld, Spieëltjie – Bobby van Jaarsveld, Blou – Laurika Rauch, Oom Faan se plaas – Refentse, Met jou klere aan – Leah
LM 19       Grade 4 R105
LM 20 Grade 5 R105
LM 21 Grade 6 R105
LM 22 Grade 7 R105
LM 23 Grade 8 R115
LM 24 Grade 9 R115
LM 25 Grade 10 R115
LM 26 Grade 11 R115
LM 27 Grade 12 R115

Broadway Musical

  • Any song performed in a Broadway musical. Costume and movement will be to the advantage of the candidate. A literal interpretation of the character viewed in the original musical or stage production. The stronger the characterisation, the better.
  • ExamplesFrom now on – The Greatest Showman, Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing – Sing, Honey Bun – South Pacific, Requiem - Dear Evan Hansen, One Jump Ahead - Aladdin (Musical)
LM 28        Grade 4 R105
LM 29 Grade 5 R105
LM 30 Grade 6 R105
LM 31 Grade 7 R105
LM 32 Grade 8 R115
LM 33 Grade 9 R115
LM 34 Grade 10 R115
LM 35 Grade 11 R115
LM 36 Grade 12 R115

Motion Picture Theme

  • Any theme song of a movie or any song appearing on the official movie soundtrack. If the song immediately reminds your audience of a specific movie, the better.
  • ExamplesEye of the tiger – Survivor from “Rocky III”, My heart will go on – Celine Dion from “Titanic”, Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins from “Top Gun”, Greased Lightning - John Travolta from "Grease"  
LM 37       Grade 4 R105
LM 38 Grade 5 R105
LM 39 Grade 6 R105
LM 40 Grade 7 R105
LM 41 Grade 8 R115
LM 42 Grade 9 R115
LM 43 Grade 10 R115
LM 44 Grade 11 R115
LM 45 Grade 12 R115

Jazz Standards/Big Band Swing

  • A different style to the popular song with changes in timing and phrasing. The stylistic approach is characterised by scoops, bends and flat notes. The music arrangement itself speaks strongly of the genre.  
  • Examples: Seven Nation Army - Postmodern Jukebox featuring Haley Reinhart, Winter Wonderland - Michael Bublé, That’s life – Smash, At last – Christina Aguilera, Summertime – Etta James, Hit the road Jack – Renee Olstead, All that Jazz – from Chicago    
LM 46      Grade 8 R115
LM 47 Grade 9 R115
LM 48 Grade 10 R115
LM 49 Grade 11 R115
LM 50 Grade 12 R115

Foreign Language

  • Any language other than Afrikaans or English. 75% of the lyrics should be in another language.
  • Examples: Vulindlela - Brenda Fassie, A La Nanita Nana - The Cheetah Girls, Eros Ramazzotti - Più Bella Cosa, Laura Pausini-Strani Amori, Los Lobos & Gipsy Kings - La Bamba
LM 51      Grade 8 R115
LM 52 Grade 9 R115
LM 53 Grade 10 R115
LM 54 Grade 11 R115
LM 55 Grade 12 R115

Country & Western

  • American country style with prominent southern accent. Stylistic approach include glottal strokes, glitches, bendy scoops, bluesy flat notes, glides and diction. Country & Western is a Contemporary music style.  
  • Examples: Big Deal – LeAnn Rimes, Let’er Rip – Dixie Chicks, Your man – Josh Turner, Blake Shelton – Honey Bee, She’s country – Jason Aldean, Snake Song – Billy Gilman, American Honey – Lady Antebellum
LM 56     Grade 8 R115
LM 57 Grade 9 R115
LM 58 Grade 10 R115
LM 59 Grade 11 R115
LM 60 Grade 12 R115

Rock

  • International or local radio playing hits, either up-tempo, mid-tempo or ballad.
  • Examples: This is me – Camp Rock, What do you want from me – Adam Lambert, Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi, Complicated - Avril Lavigne, Don’t stop believing – Journey
LM 61     Grade 8 R115
LM 62 Grade 9 R115
LM 63 Grade 10 R115
LM 64 Grade 11 R115
LM 65 Grade 12 R115

Own Composition

  • Self or co-written music with original music and lyrics. No translations e.g. Eurovision translation. The candidate is allowed to use a backtrack or self-accompaniment (guitar or piano).
  • Sheet music is not required.
LM 66                Primary School R105     
LM 67 High School R115


 

CLASSICAL CROSSOVER

 

The Classical Crossover section focuses on the light classical or crossover voices. Singers that are trained in the bel canto singing technique fall within this division. This division caters for singers with a more head voice tone, head resonator and prominent vibrato. Not pure classical or opera, neither pure contemporary, but a “crossover” style that fits in between the two. Examples include Catherine Jenkins, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman, Jackie Evancho, Nianell, Corlea, Sarah McLachlan, and Jannie Moolman.
 
 

Popular Song

  • International or local radio playing hits, either up-tempo, mid-tempo or ballad.
  • Examples: As one – Nianell, Safe and Sound – Jackie Evancho, Broken vow – Josh Groban, The voice – Celtic Women. 
LM 68        Grade 4 R105
LM 69 Grade 5 R105
LM 70 Grade 6 R105
LM 71 Grade 7 R105
LM 72 Grade 8 R115
LM 73 Grade 9 R115
LM 74 Grade 10 R115
LM 75 Grade 11 R115
LM 76 Grade 12 R115

Afrikaans Song

  • An orginal Afrikaans song. No translations.
  • Examples: Die oomblik is nou – Nianell, Die son sal weer skyn – Jannie Moolman, Dit is my Dankie – Romanz, Grassade (in die wind) – Corlea Botha
LM 77       Grade 4 R105
LM 78 Grade 5 R105
LM 79 Grade 6 R105
LM 80 Grade 7 R105
LM 81 Grade 8 R115
LM 82 Grade 9 R115
LM 83 Grade 10 R115
LM 84 Grade 11 R115
LM 85 Grade 12 R115

Broadway Musical

  • Any song performed in a Broadway musical. Costume and movement will be to the advantage of the candidate. A literal interpretation of the character viewed in the original musical or stage production. The stronger the characterisation, the better.
  • ExamplesPulled – The Adam’s Family, Memory – CATS, Bring him home – Les Misérables, Think of me – Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies - Anna O'Byrne, Don’t cry for me Argentina – Evita 
LM 86      Grade 4 R105
LM 87 Grade 5 R105
LM 88 Grade 6 R105
LM 89 Grade 7 R105
LM 90 Grade 8 R115
LM 91 Grade 9 R115
LM 92 Grade 10 R115
LM 93 Grade 11 R115
LM 94 Grade 12 R115

Motion Picture Theme

  • Any theme song of a movie or any song appearing on the official movie soundtrack. If the song immediately reminds your audience of a specific movie, the better.
  • ExamplesMy Immortal - Evanescence from "Daredevil", One day I’ll fly away – Nicole Kidman from “Moulin Rouge”, I Dreamed A Dream – Anne Hathaway from “Les Misérables” (Movie Version)
LM 95       Grade 4 R105
LM 96 Grade 5 R105
LM 97 Grade 6 R105
LM 98 Grade 7 R105
LM 99 Grade 8 R115
LM 100 Grade 9 R115
LM 101 Grade 10 R115
LM 102 Grade 11 R115
LM 103 Grade 12 R115

Foreign Language

  • Any language other than Afrikaans or English. 75% of the lyrics should be in another language.
  • Examples: Non, je ne regrette rien - Edith Piaf, O Sole Mio - Luciano Pavarotti, All Improvviso Amore - Josh Groban, Miserere - Luciano Pavarotti & Zucchero, Nella Fantasia - Sarah Brightman 
LM 104      Grade 8 R115
LM 105 Grade 9 R115
LM 106 Grade 10 R115
LM 107 Grade 11 R115
LM 108 Grade 12 R115