It was a proud moment for Capetonians on Sunday night when the only son of music legend Taliep Petersen took to the stage to perform on Season 3 of The Voice SA.
Ashur Petersen from Lansdowne blew the judges away with his energetic performance of 24K Magic by Bruno Mars and landed himself a spot on the #TeamVanCoke when Francois van Coke pressed the buzzer in his liking.
The 26-year-old artist who has been performing from a very young age said he wants to follow in the footsteps of his father.
Petersen who died at the age 56 in 2006 was well known for his music and packed theatre productions in South Africa alongside David Kramer. He co-authored a series of acclaimed productions including the Olivier Award-winning Kat and the King.
In a public statement on Facebook, he said he received hundreds of messages in support of his performance.
“It made me realize that although I am still very much the same person, and although I am Taliep Petersen’s son; I am Ashur Petersen and my life has changed,” he explains.
“I cannot thank and praise God enough, because I have worked for 13 years to get here.”
The young artist thanked everyone who has shown him support since the airing of his performance on the popular reality TV show.
“I am still overwhelmed by the feedback and well wishes. To my coach Francois van Coke – thank you for pushing that buzzer. Thank you for changing my life and thank you for believing in me and my voice.” (Deen Times)
See Ashur Petersen’s performance: