Fezeka takes to stage

2018-06-28 06:03
Choirmaster Monde Mdingi prepares his charges for the farewell concert.PHOTO: TARZAN MBITA

Choirmaster Monde Mdingi prepares his charges for the farewell concert.PHOTO: TARZAN MBITA

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For Monde Mdingi, taking the Fezeka High School choir to the National Eisteddfod Choral Competition is the ultimate in accomplishment­.

A former student at the school and a music enthusiast, Monde, brimming with confidence, said this during a farewell concert held at the J.L Zwane Presbyterian Church in Gugulethu on Sunday.

The National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) is an attempt that kindles youth development through participation in the performing arts, which campaigns for the importance of the arts in education and emphasizes the importance of participation in the arts in the development of human potential and building bridges between communities. Since 1997, close to 400 000 youths have been involved in the various activities of the NEA.

The NEA has established and developed the traditional eisteddfod into a no limitations programme that targets the youth in various communities, providing them with opportunities to participate, grow, gain experience and showcase their talents.

Fezeka High School has always featured in the eisteddfods since its inception, what with a new generation of choristers and choirmaster Monde, reaching new heights with a 52 strong ensemble.

Monde said the school has entered its talents in various categories of music, including mass, tenor solo, the quartet, male voice, a Western piece (foreign), and a vernacular piece in memory of statesman Nelson Mandela, called “Nantso ke Mandela’”

Monde himself sings the tenor.

He said he started at the school in 2013.

“We went to KZN in 2015, when, together with my school choir, we became national champions in the African category.”

He said he went back to the school in 2016 to wield the baton, and they have been going to the finals of the competition since then.

On Sunday, some alumni also performed in front of the parents.

Among them was Sinalo Gxalaba, who now studies music at UCT, whose birthday it was on the day.

Sinalo rendered a piece in the language of the opera, Italian, much to a rousing reception from the audience.

The choir left for Jo’burg on Tuesday


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