Success of 13-year old winner of Hackney’s biggest talent show Alter Ego “hasn’t sunk in”

Discover Young Hackney 2014 winner Di-Andre Ebanks Silvera, photo credit Agenda

Discover Young Hackney 2014 winner Di-Andre Ebanks Silvera, photo credit Agenda - Credit: Archant

A 13-year old spoken word artist was crowned the winner of Hackney’s biggest talent show in front of a packed out audience at the Hackney Empire last Friday.

Discover Young Hackney 2014 winner Di-Andre Ebanks Silvera, photo credit Agenda

Discover Young Hackney 2014 winner Di-Andre Ebanks Silvera, photo credit Agenda - Credit: Archant

Di-Andre Ebanks Silvera wowed the audience and judges at the Alter Ego finals with his performance, Dare You, which delivered a powerful message about young people in modern society.

X Factor's Misha B performing at Discover Young Hackney 2014

X Factor's Misha B performing at Discover Young Hackney 2014 - Credit: Archant

Di-Andre said: “It hasn’t fully sunk in yet, but it has left me lost for words because of the people I was up against, like Warren and the Young Brasscals, they were really good.”

His prize is a package of mentoring by industry professionals, rehearsal and studio time, a professional makeover and photo shoot session.

Second place went to 18-year old dancer Warren Hugh Murray, and then 17-year old rapper Kagan Page-Burgin and girl group trio Young Brasscals comprised of Nadia Haloua, Rose Yemelyanova and Sanchez Mequina were joint third.

Eight acts performed in the contest which was hosted by MTV Base presenter Kat B and DJ Louis Subsole, with performances from X Factor’s Misha B, Hackney-born rapper J Spades and Alter Ego 2013 winner Emily Numutaako, better known by her stage name, Emily Grace.

Past Alter Ego contestants include Jermain Jackman who is currently competing in the BBC singing talent show, The Voice.