Musos awarded bursaries

2015-05-07 06:00

Thando Mjandana

Thando Mjandana

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Two young aspirant choral music singers, who are products of a township choir’s development programmes, are singing a song of joy after being awarded with bursaries to further their music careers.

The two are the first recipients of the Simphiwe Qavane bursary fund- a fund established by the Western Cape Choral Music Association-in conjunction with the UCT- aimed at supporting young township based choral practitioners.

The event took place at the JL Zwane Presbyterian Church in Gugulethu last Friday.

The two, Thando Mjandana and Tandiswa Pongola, come from township based choral choir; they are also winners of the WECCMA Soloist Development competition last year.

WECCMA President Lungile Jacobs ka-Nyamezele made the announcement at this year’s Soloist Finals competition held in Gugulethu.

The competition, is in its second year running now. This bursary fund will strictly be awarded to young aspirant choral performers who come from our local choirs in our townships.

“We are glad that the winners of last year’s soloist development competition are now following their careers, some are performing at the international stage, while others are with institutions such as the UCT.” He said.

Mjandana and Pongola who are currently both studying music at UCT, were each awarded R20 000 towards their studies.

“It’s a great honour and amazing because bursaries are really hard to come by for those who are studying music.

I’m humbled to be selected as one of the recipients of this award,” said Mjandana from Kuyasa in Khayelitsha.

The 24 year old said that the bursary has rejuvenated him on quest to fulfil his lifelong dream of performing on an international stage.

The bursary fund is named after the late Simphiwe Qavane- who honed his singing skills with the Gugulethu based Qavane choral choir. After completing his music studies at UCT, Qavane went on to perform as a bass solo performer at the international opera houses around the world. He died in 2000 after an illness.

Ka-Nyamezele said that the soloist competition was established for Western Cape choirs to identify raw singing talent. “We want to give them a platform to showcase their talent; from here we will further develop them,” he said

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