Winning KZN voices

2010-12-21 00:00

TWO KwaZulu-Natal choirs came out winners in the 2010 national finals of the Old Mutual National Choir Festival at the University of Free State’s Southern Campus in Bloemfontein.

SA Singers and the Clermont Choir won in the large and standard sections respectively, with the latter winning for the second time in a row. SA Singers received R50 000 and the winner’s trophy for their renditions of the powerful Hear Us O Lord by George Frederick Handel, and Isidlo seNkosi by the late Christian Thanduxolo Ngqobe.

Clermont Community Choir received R37 000 and a trophy following their performance of Handel’s Zion­ Now Her Head Shall Raise and Simanga Sendvuku by Mathokoza Sibiya. The highly contested indigenous category was awarded to the Eastern Cape Choristers who claimed R10 000 in the standard category. And the African Choice Song category was won by Voices of the Nation for their outstanding performance of Siyakudumisa composed by Qinisela Sibisi.

A total of 22 choirs from around South Africa and Swaziland entertained audiences in the finals.

The adjudicators voted Monwabisi Mbambani of Simon Estes Alumni as the best conductor in the standard category, while Sibusiso Njeza of Sakhabengoma Choral Society took the honours in the large category.

Audience members also voted by SMS to select the best-dressed choir and conductor. The awards went to Eastern Cape Choristers and SA Singers.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Weziwe Thusi, congratulated the two KwaZulu­-Natal choirs, saying: “This confirms what we always say: that our province boasts some of the country’s most talented artists and has a lot to offer when it comes to the arts.”


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