Bloem girl (16) set to conquer USA

Selochana Tia Dasram

A 16-year-old Bloemfontein girl is set to fly the South African flag in America’s longest-running talent show in New York.

The only participant chosen from the Free State province, Selochana Tia Dasram, hopes to wow the judges with her angelic voice at the Talent America national finals set to be held from 27 to 30 June in New York City. Tia shrugged off the challenge of thousands of other participants at the SA finals, which was held in Port Elizabeth.

“I found out about Talent America after I had entered for Talent Africa, about which I learnt as I was searching for events to broaden my exposure on stage. This experience saw me performing in PE where I was selected ahead of thousands of other contestants,” explained Tia.

With over 46 years in the business, Talent America is proud of giving budding singers, dancers, models, actors and entertainers their big break. Tia’s participation in the show, therefore, affords the 16-year-old the much-needed opportunity for her “big break”.
When asked about how she got into music, Tia, born and bred in Bloemfontein, had this to say; “I don’t actually know, I’ve always had a knack for it, although from grade 1-7 I was always the more sporty type. I hardly participated in cultural activities other than choir, which was not a very good experience as I was placed in the wrong voice group for four years.

This young talent of the Free State is out to make SA proud in the international arena. Any assistance afforded to her for her flight and visa application fees, accommodation, administration fees, workshops, a compulsory uniform, travel insurance, subway tickets, among a host of other expenses, will be sincerely appreciated. Those interested in contributing towards making Tia’s dream a reality, can get more information by contacting 083-686-8864 or via email: