Fezeka scoops four awards

2018-07-12 06:01
The Fezeka High School Choir won accolades at the Eisteddfod Choir Festival. In front are choirmaster Monde Mdingi and councillor Sharon Manatha. PHOTO: SIMAMKELE MBANGA

The Fezeka High School Choir won accolades at the Eisteddfod Choir Festival. In front are choirmaster Monde Mdingi and councillor Sharon Manatha. PHOTO: SIMAMKELE MBANGA

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Fezeka High School Choir took home four trophies at the National Eisteddfod Choral Competition.

The song which won them the Championship in the African piece category, “Nantso ke Mandela,”. They came second in the National Anthem category and also won the quartet section.

Choirmaster Monde Mdingi, who began his career at the school in 2013, also took the trophy for best choir conductor.The first prize was their first as an entire choir since 2016.

The competition took place in Johannesburg from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 June. The theme this year was centred on Struggle icons Albertina Sisulu and Nelson Mandela.

Mdingi, gushing with pride, said they received standing ovations for their performances­.

“We had to reintroduce and re-establish ourselves because of the two-year gap,” said Mdingi.

His foray into music began in high school when he sang for the school choir. He holds a music degree from the University of Cape Town and had his first win in the female category at the Eisteddfod also in 2013.

“I was approached by my former choir director – who had received a new post at another school – to come and teach at Fezeka, who obviously needed the services of a new choirmaster, so I took the job,” said Mdingi.

According to him the school will receive a prize of R27 500, which will go towards buying new school equipment.

“The school will not receive the cash in hand but we are to make a list of all the things that the school needs within the budget provided,” he pointed out.

City Vision also caught up with Ward 41 councillor Sharon Manatha, also an alumni.

Manatha added that in light of Gugulethu turning 60 years old, this was a timely achievement for the school and they will henceforth perform at the celebrations.

“I couldn’t be more proud and excited. Fezeka is a legacy school and we, as the entire community, are behind them all the way and we are extremely happy for them.”

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