Earlier this month, 19-year-old Tasché Burger became the first woman to win The Voice South Africa and subsequently, won herself a recording contract with Universal Music South Africa. However, the record label was so impressed with runner-up Soné Joubert that they’ve welcomed her to the family as well.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with Universal Music and that there are people who believe in my potential,” Tasché says of her new professional home. The star also has the backing of her coach Francois Van Coke and admits that singing his hit single ‘Toe Vind Ek Jou’ with him during the show’s finale has certainly been a career highlight for the star. “Music has always been my passion and there is nothing else I’d rather be doing. Francois van Coke is so humble, and I am so happy that I chose him as my coach. We don’t just work well together, but we also became friends and I am very excited about creating some cool stuff with him in the future,” says Tasché. “The Voice SA gave me excellent exposure and taught me so much about the industry.”
When asked about her plans for the next few months, she says: “Writing, writing and more writing! We are busy working on my first single. I’m super excited about it and enjoying every minute!” The label has confirmed that the lead single will drop on 16 August.
Runner-up Soné Joubert also garnered herself a large fanbase during her time on the reality show and despite not winning, her future looks bright as Universal Music South Africa has offered her a recording contract as well. “It is such an honour and blessing to be given this deal and ending in second place, seeing that I was actually evicted from the show during the knock-out rounds,” the singer says about this amazing opportunity.
Soné is a twenty-seven-year-old musician and songwriter from Gordon’s Bay and has been passionate about entertaining friends and family since she was a little girl. She has been singing professionally for the past sixteen years and has performed at various functions, festivals and competitions, including the 2008 World Championships for Performing Arts in America.
“It was incredible for me to work with the likes of Riana Nel. I don’t think many people realize the impact they have on other people’s lives, both personally and professionally. Riana played a big role in my life and still does. I look up to her and have great admiration for her work,” says Soné. “It doesn’t matter what obstacles you are faced with, because you cannot allow it to stand in the way of your dreams,” she explains. “The music industry has taught me that nothing happens by chance. You must work hard, stay true to who you are and never ever doubt God’s plan for you.”