KZN’s best for choir competition

2011-03-07 00:00

MORE than 40 choirs from all over KwaZulu-Natal will participate in the KZN Choral Music competition next Saturday.

Arts and Culture department spokesperson Vukani Mbhele said the most interesting part of the competition is that the songs the choirs will perform are by KZN composers Qinisela Sibisi and Thulani Mthethwa.

Sibisi penned Halala South Africa, in praise of the way that the province and the country handled the World Cup last year, while Mthethwa composed Giyani Maqhawe, which is aimed at discouraging xenophobia.

“The province of KwaZulu-Natal is proud of the talent and the calibre of artists it produces. It is therefore our responsibility to ensure that all genres of music are recognised and sustained,” said Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation MEC Weziwe Thusi.

She added that the department revived the contest after a long absence to promote choral singing, which is declining in popularity, and to encourage young people to participate.

Competing choirs, in large and standard categories, will perform a prescribed song and a song of their own choosing.

The competition will be held on Saturday at the Oval Convention Centre in Durban starting at 8 am.

— Witness Reporter.

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