College Quartet sing it loud and make PMB proud

2010-06-15 00:00

FOUR local high school boys are R10 000 richer and have made Pietermaritzburg proud after taking the second spot in a national singing competition.

Thabani Nkosi, Mohau Thamahane, Brandon Bosch and Phinda Dube, all in matric, are the Maritzburg College Quartet. They were the only school pupils and the youngest contestants among hundreds of entrants, some of whom already have singing careers, in the “Sing it loud, sing it proud” competition. It was run by Neo Africa to help build up a spirit of patriotism before the World Cup.

The quartet was not only chosen to be one of the the 20 semi-finalists, but was voted into the top 10. In the end, FreakWinSee, an electro-pop duo from Gauteng, took the first prize of R35 000 and tickets to attend the opening World Cup match.

The entrants were required to sing their own version of the national anthem in under two minutes. Video clips of all the singers were posted on Then a panel of four judges along with public votes determined which groups and individuals would make it to the next round.

Mary-Ann Hartley, director of cultural affairs and the music and choir teacher at Maritzburg College, believes the boys did “exceptionally well”.

She said they approached her about singing the national anthem at the World Cup. When she came across an article in Weekend Witness advertising the competition, she knew this was the break her boys had been looking for.

She said the boys worked out their own version of the anthem and created their own harmonies.

“While the voting was going on, they were all writing exams, but they still managed to cope with the stress of the voting, which became quite heated in the end,” Hartley added.

The group will be performing at the Concert in the Park at the Botanic Gardens on Sunday.

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