The McDonalds Top Jock competition has returned once again to university campuses across the country. The competition aims to cultivate and scout for the countries musical talent.
On Thursday February 16, Thula Nombika was announced as the winner of the competition’s Wits leg.
Four students were shortlisted to battle it out on the decks integrating the McDonalds jingle into their mix. Only one winner would represent the university at the national event at the end of the month.
Fourth year mechanical engineering student, Nombika says he was lucky to be called on at the last minute after another contestant dropped out.
“I was called 15 minutes before the competition started. I’m excited I won, because I also entered last year. I failed to win because of a scratch during my mix,” said Nombika.
Second runner up, Marcel “DJ Cheezo” Kleinsmith was disappointed he did not win. “I was nervous at first, my performance was okay but I didn’t win.”
The 3rd year BHSc Pharmacology student, Kleinsmith is also a part time deejay and he sees it as a hobby.
National Marketing Manager for McDonalds Telma Tsironi said the competition is about approaching the youth of South Africa and to cater for the needs of young people 24/7.
Tsironis also applauded the talent at Wits, “The crowd was amazing and the talent was great. Wish they could all be winners, but there is only one winner.”
South African DJ Euphonik is the competition’s judge for all the 10 legs and the final showdown.
The ultimate Top Jock who will be announced on March 30 at the finals, will walk away with a 12 month deejay course and other prizes.
McDonalds Brand Manager, Monica Sithole said there is also a digital campaign where students can upload demo’s and mix’s for other prizes and another option where tickets can be won for the final event at Melrose on www.topjock247.co.za .