The battles are right around the corner and to help coaches Lira, Kahn Morbee, Karen Zoid and Bobby Van Jaarsveld on their quest to take their contestants to the top, the coaches have enlisted a bit of help. Naturally, the coaches have called upon some of the best musicians in the South African entertainment space today to give some sound advice to the 12 contestants in their team.

Lira will be working with platinum-selling recording artist and SAMA winner Riana Nel – one of the biggest-selling artists in the country. Her sister, Nianell, gave #TeamLira some valuable tips during Season 1’s Battle Rounds so the songstress has decided to keep it in the family. Riana confesses that she has always been a “massive fan of the show”, and The Voice SA fans will remember how she rocked the stage with Vusi Mahlasela during last season’s final. Although Riana releases some epic pop and country music, her roots are firmly placed in Gospel music, lending a great balance to Lira’s more soulful style.

Karen Zoid has enlisted the help of the immensly talented Emo Adams. “I’ve always loved the approach of the show where the focus is on the talent,” Emo says. “There is a positivity that is injected into the talent on the show as the coaches have a personal, one-on-one relationship with all of the singers.” Emo and Karen have had a long friendship. He appeared on her popular talk show Republiek van Zoid Afrika and also has his own TV series on kykNET called Jou Show Met Emo. His expertise will add a massive amount of value to the teams.

Bobby Van Jaarsveld continues his pop domination as he adds Jimmy Nevis’ extensive knowledge to his team. 23-year-old Jimmy has a number of successes under his belt as a song writer and a performer, with three SAMA nominations, an MTV Africa Music Award nomination and a Channel O African Music Video Award nomination to his name. Just like Bobby, Jimmy has enjoyed numerous commercial radio successes with singles such as “Balloon”, “All About It” and “Misscato” to name a few. “I stopped waiting for someone to discover me and discovered myself… now I’m ready to show my discoveries to the world,” Jimmy has said – a mantra that will no doubt resonate will all of the upcoming talent that he will work with on The Voice SA.

Lastly, Kahn Morbee will be working with Idols South Africa winner, Elvis Blue. Elvis straddles the English and Afrikaans markets in South Africa, and has won at least one SAMA for each album that he has ever released. Talking about his collaboration with Kahn Morbee, Elvis revealed: “A few years ago, my and Kahn’s paths started crossing and it’s been clear to me from the beginning what a great guy he is. Kahn is so passionate about his talent on The Voice SA, I don’t know how he is going to choose between them in the Battle Rounds!”

In the Battle Rounds each coach couples up the 12 members of their teams to sing against one another in pairs. The talent will have to step into the boxing ring-styled stage and literally Battle against each other vocally, singing the same song together. It is then up to their coach to determine which one of them will advance to the next round, and which one of them will end their Voice SA journey there and then.

The Battle rounds of the series will start on Sunday, 2 April at 17h30 on M-Net.

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