Choirs make it to national finals

2016-10-06 06:00
 Mhlalisi Mungeka, the choirmaster in action.

Mhlalisi Mungeka, the choirmaster in action.

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Western Chorale, a community choral group from the Khayelitsha is to represent the province at national level after winning the regional contest at the Artscape Theatre on Sunday.

This was during the 39th Old Mutual National Choir Festival Western Cape Regional Finals.

The walked away with a R10 000 prize money, after the group won against five other choirs in the category of African and Western songs.

The UWC Creative Arts Choir came second with the Heavenly Voices coming third.

The group’s choristers hail from areas as diverse as Gugulethu, Hout Bay, Nyanga and Khayelitsha.

A total of 10 choirs participated in the Standard and Large Categories of the Western Cape leg of the competition.

Mhlalisi Mungeka, the choirmaster said: “We have been trying all the time and work hard to achieve the top spot,”.

“We have been consistent in our hard workmanship, including physical fitness and maintaining the same level of understanding amongst ourselves and aiming to be different in what we do.”

Mungeka, who is also a Life Science teacher at Harry Gwala High School in Khayelitsha said he attributed their achievement to the choristers, without whom nothing could have been possible.

“Without them, we could not be where we are today. We are now determined to represent the province nationally and bring the trophy home,” he said.

Mungeka added that in September, the group was crowned as the Western Cape Choral Music Association (WECCMA) champions.

These two accomplishments meant the choral will celebrate their 10th anniversary in style.

The 75 member group also made it for top honours in the same regional competition in 2014.

Shaun Maboee’s group, Joyful Harmonies form Gugulethu, also triumphed in the standard category of the same competitions and won themselves an R8000 cash prize.

Western Classical came second in the same category while Voices of the Cape attained third position.

Maboee said: “Our win today showcased our potential. We are praying and wishing hard to acquire the same result in the upcoming national finals,”.

He applauded his members for their dedication and commitment as well as the general support.

Joyful Harmonies also in the same category way back in 2014.

Both groups will now represent the province in the national event finals in Johannesburg on 10 and 11 December

Bandile Mngoma, the Old Mutual Sponsorship Manager, said the competition’s objective was to showcase South Africa singing talent.

“Singing is our African pastime whether it is a wedding, funeral, toyi-toyi or anything else, it is indeed part of us.

“Here we try to formalise that singing potential through choral music whilst we showcase our own country’s vocal talent and versatility because these we use songs that are quite advanced and also in foreign languages such as French and Italian,” said Mngoma.

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