Boys choir looks to defend their championship

2018-06-27 06:02

MTHETHOMUSHA Primary School will once again represent KwaZulu-Natal in the national music competition, the ABC Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod.

The competition will be held in Johannesburg on June 26.

Based in Edendale, Mthethomusha won in two categories at provincial level — boys choir and mixed choirs Afrikaans.

The boys choir will be defending their championship as the reigning 2017 champs.

Mthethomusha’s choir master Linda Gama, who is also a teacher at the school, told Echo that they are prepared for the competition and they are determined to make Pietermaritzburg proud.

Gama said they could not believe it when they were announced as the winners that will represent KwaZulu-Natal.

“The competition was very tough because all the schools that we were competing against were very good.

“We are determined to do everything we can to defend the boys choir championship and bring back the other cup for mixed choirs Afrikaans.

“What makes us more happy is that, this year, we have two choirs at the national level. Last year the mixed choirs Afrikaans was placed second but this year they managed to win. This shows that they are doing very well and they have improved and it means a lot to us,” he said.

Gama said the school has been entering the competition for the past 18 years and although it is a bit difficult at the beginning of the year, the pupils have shown their commitment and that they have talent.

“When working with young pupils, you need to be patient and understand them.

“Youngsters are very talented — all we need to do is help them showcase their talents and guide them. Maybe one day some of them will make a living with music — that is why I try, by all means, to accommodate all pupils who want to start doing music at our school.

They even sacrifice their time on weekends to come for practice on Sundays; that shows how much they are dedicated to doing this. We are very proud of them,” Gama said.

Gama thanked everyone who has been supporting them since they started participating in this competition.

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