The 15th Isicathamiya High Schools’ Summit

2017-12-13 06:02
PHOTO: SuppliedWinners of the 15th High Schools Isicathamiya Summit, Emzamweni High School in Pietermaritzburg who won R15 000 with a trophy.

PHOTO: SuppliedWinners of the 15th High Schools Isicathamiya Summit, Emzamweni High School in Pietermaritzburg who won R15 000 with a trophy.

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THE 15th Isicathamiya High Schools Summit held on November 30 at the Playhouse Opera was a huge success. Judges had their hands full trying to find the winners as the standard was “out of this world”.

The event was well-attended by teachers, pupils, parents and VIPs. Emzamweni High in Pietermaritzburg took first prize of R15 000 and a trophy. The second prize of R6000 and a trophy went to Sithabile High in Inanda and third prize of R4000 and trophy won by Hlahlindlela High in Hillcrest.

SABC TV sports presenter and Ukhozi executive producer, Joe Hudla, was the master of ceremonies for the 10th time.

The show is not about prizes and money but development, preserving and promotion of this genre, hence no joining and entrance fee for the choirs and public was required.

The project is still in dire need of funding, but there are bigger things to come for this popular youth-based competition as it is a spring board for YMCA.

At the 2014 national choirs at Playhouse, 20 groups from this development show were recorded in open section category.

Other young groups that have been produced by this project are Mpumalanga White Birds of Hammarsdale, Nyuswa Home Boys of Bothas Hill and Abafana Basetembeni of Melmoth, and a host of others, who are now singing at YMCA and surrounding Durban and rural halls.

Royal Combination, Natal Try Singers and Zulu Messengers, with their synchronised dance pattern stole the show during the interim, with the audience asking for more.

Durban Black Drifters, the founders of this project and the only group that teaches the music to schools, started in 1992.

Over the years, they have visited 5 000 schools in Durban metro townships and rural areas.

The 15th Isicathamiya High Schools Summit was a day filled with music, made possible by the Department of Arts and Culture, Mzansi Golden Economy, and organised and managed by DBD Entertainment. - Supplied.

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