Local choir comes of age

2016-11-16 06:01
Local gospel choir ABC Bokang Morena performing at the Joyous Celebration Concert at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre. Photo: Boipelo Mere

Local gospel choir ABC Bokang Morena performing at the Joyous Celebration Concert at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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The ABC Bokang Morena Gospel Choir has high hopes that sharing the stage with the renowned MTN Joyous Celebration at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre was the first of bigger things for them.

On top of the 21 years’ experience the local choir holds in clap-and-tap performing, making an appearance before an audience filling the convention centre to 98% capacity on Saturday, 29 October, was an honour the members will cherish forever.

The choir is the first clap-and-tap choir in the Northern Cape to be given an opportunity to perform alongside MTN Joyous Celebration.

According to Charles Ikaneng, choir organiser, there was no difference in their performance or challenge for them on the night in keeping the momentum, as they had the audience eating out of their hand as usual.

He explained that they did not have to put themselves under pressure, which is usually the case in competitions, and they stuck to their original method of performing, using their body and hands.

“We did what we are good at. The only additional instrument that we used was the microphone. And that worked out favourably, as we did not disappoint our fans,” said Ikaneng.

“We were not in competition with Joyous Celebration and we managed to accommodate our audience and supporters very well. It was evident that they loved us.”

According to Ikaneng, this was the second biggest performance the choir had staged, after the Diamonds and Dorings Jazz Festival earlier this year.

“This was definitely a test that proved we are now capable of competing with other gospel choirs, like the Soweto Gospel Groups, at national level as well.

“We will continue to show our supporters and the Northern Cape that we are capable of representing the province at national level.

“We will continue to work hard at being on the prime scene, because we don’t rate any of our performances as being curtain raisers. We give it our all to showcase our talent,” added Ikaneng proudly.

The choir expressed its appreciation towards Zikie Molusi, project manager of Joyous Celebration, who organised the concert a third time in a row.

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