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Cheating Scandal At Durban Battle of the Bands

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Many Overtone readers may get Philip de Villiers’ annoying spam urging you to join singing classes and the like. Yesterday, we received an email from the singer-songwriter entrepreneur dragging the recent Soul of Africa Battle of the Bands in Durban over the coals, accusing the festival of being rigged. So, is the wrong band R50,000 richer? Check it out…

Cheating Scandal?

I, Philip de Villiers, hereby public ally disassociate myself and my company, Planet Pip Music and its brands Vivacious Voice and The Songwriter?s Toolkit, from the Durban Battle of the Bands that was held in Bluff from 25 to 27 July. Thirty-two bands competed. I served as a judge with 5 other individuals.

The organisers, Duncan and Charmaine Abbott from Durban based Eagle Records, would not disclose the actual score results to us as requested by Tuesday night 29 July, which seriously calls in question the integrity of Eagle Records and the credibility of this competition.

“Not one of the six official judges voted for the winning band, Swell Band, who was awarded R50 000 in prize money.”

Not one of the six official judges voted for the winning band, Swell Band, who was awarded R50 000 in prize money. Swell Band only performs covers and got low marks from me as well as my fellow-judge Rebecca Holdsworth, as they failed the ?originality? category, which comprises 1/5th of the judging criteria. The only person who gave high marks for Swell Band was Kevin, friend and assistant of organisers Duncan and Charmaine Abbott, who was not even part of the official panel. Kevin, who added up the marks, refused to disclose the results to fellow-judge Rebecca Holdsworth just before the winners were announced.

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