Dr Tumi. Picture: Supplied

Dr Tumi has launched a special talent search for backing vocalists. In the run up to his The Gathering of Worshippers concert to be held on September 1 at Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, the gospel star has offered to use the big stage as a launching pad for new talent.

The search is open to male and female vocalists aged between 20 and 35 who live in Gauteng or are able to relocate to the province. There are nine coveted spots available for various voices. 

The auditions will take place at Baseline in Johannesburg on July  11 and 12.

Hopefuls will be expected to perform one song in front of a panel led by Dr Tumi himself.

The gospel sensation has heeded the call to open up the industry to young talent and to create opportunities for musicians who may otherwise never get a chance to show off their talent.

"We all know how difficult it is for doors to open for young people in our country. This is my modest contribution to showcase the talent that may be sitting idle at home and I wish youngsters who have what it takes would jump on this opportunity. 

"Who knows, perhaps this is the breakthrough they may have been praying for? So, I'm inviting all to come along and meet me and the team and show us what you have," says Dr Tumi.

* Tickets for The Gathering of Worshippers are available at Computicket between R200 and R260.