On 29 August Erika and Sonop represented UP at the Serenade nationals in Stellenbosch. They each performed in three venues, of which the second performance was judged. Overall, Erika placed third in the ladies’ category and Sonop placed second in the men’s category. The judges were, among others, television presenters Eloise Cupido and Katlego Maboe, and singers Heinz Winckler and Sarah Theron.
Sonop’s Serenade HK, Revan Luus, felt their performance at nationals was the best that they had given all year, and that they were the crowd favourite. “The guys were so amped … our res was supporting [us] in the first venue … they really gave us [a boost],” Luus said. He went on to say that their group got positive feedback on social media, with many people on Twitter giving them encouragement.
Pieter Scribante, the chairman of Stuku, said that Sonop and Erika represented UP very well at the event. Serenade nationals will be hosted by UP in 2016, and Scribante said that Stuku has a clear idea of how they wish to go about hosting the event. Scribante is confident that organising the occasion is within Stuku’s reach.
The overall results of the national stage for Serenade were as follows: in the men’s category, best prescribed song and own composition went to Veritas from the University of the Free State (Kovsies), and best prescribed song and own composition in the ladies’ category went to Marjolein, also of Kovsies.
The overall results for the men showed Veritas in first place, Sonop in second and Pieke of Stellenbosch University in third. For the ladies, Hippokrates of Stellenbosch came in first, second was Marjolein, with Erika in third place. The overall winners of Serenade nationals were Veritas.
Photo: Brendan Fraser