DIRECTOR & ARTIST DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
Shylo Pereira grew up locally in Kloof, KZN. She started playing the violin and piano at the age of 4 and followed with singing, at 9. This remains her main instrument. Since then, she has competed in many eisteddfods and competitions, winning her categories every time, in all instruments. She has also attained distinctions in the ABRSM Grade 8 examinations for all three instruments, attaining some of the highest marks in the country.
She was a member of the KZN Youth Choir and the South African Youth Orchestra all throughout her school career, performing solos and touring internationally.
Shylo studied at the prestigious Academy of Contemporary Music in UK, attaining a First Class Honors Degree in Performing Arts, before joining the gigging circuit all over UK, including performing at the acclaimed Cobden Club and Sound Café, as well as music festivals performing alongside Simple Minds and Blondie.
In 2010 she made it to the top 24 of SA Idols.
In 2014 she was the Overall Grand Champion winner at the South African Championships of Performing Arts, where she won a fully paid trip to Hollywood to compete in the World Championships.
In 2018 she launched The Note Book, where a different song was released every week, coupled with telling a story from her life.
Shylo has co-written a show called “That’s Life” with Durban Vocalist Samantha Landers, which appeared at the Rhumbelow Theatres in KZN in 2018 and 2019, to critical acclaim and is working on the next shows.
She is also the creator of an auditions platform called PROJECT PERFORMER, which is a South African initiative, giving young and talented performers in singing, dancing and acting, the opportunity to pursue their dreams in Performing Arts. This platform focuses on Artist Development and education, and has the backing of industry professionals nationally and internationally. This year she launched the project Performer National Online Lockdown Competition, which accumulated R600,000.00's worth of prizes, including a scholarship to both The Waterfront theatre school and LAMTA. The platform is affiliated with both institutes, Kickstart theatre Productions and well-known Steven Stead, Jonathan Roxmouth, Map Maphonyane, amongst other heavyweight industry professionals. She is currently scouting for the 2021 program.