Raise voices for joy

2017-12-12 06:00
Members of the Hout Bay ingoma choir.

Members of the Hout Bay ingoma choir.

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The founder of the Hout Bay ingoma choir says they are all about creating happiness and joy for the people of Hout Bay and ­surrounds.

The choir was started a few months ago by Tanya Blacher, who says their aim is to lift Hout Bay residents’ spirits, especially in Imizamo Yethu, considering that it has been such a difficult year for them.

The choir, which sings African chorals, held their debut concert last Thursday and are getting bookings to sing at churches, weddings and other functions.

Blacher says choirs in the area have come and gone, but they hope this one will grow from strength to strength and create a happy atmosphere despite the challenges the Hout Bay community faces.

Seeing the power music has to unite communities through the community projects she had done, Blacher started wondering why Hout Bay didn’t have a choir.

“I asked around if we had our own choir but all I got was there had been choirs but they didn’t make it as there had been no support. I saw an opportunity to bring the community together. Most choirs died as they lacked investment and support. My husband and I have taken it on ourselves to help a choir flourish in this area as we believe in the unifying power of music,” she says.

With a total of 24 members at the moment the group held auditions in August.

“We have been working very hard. People have put in so much work and to see it take shape like this is really amazing. Listening to the choir sing, gives so much joy to the person listening to the music and the singer.

“We want to spread the joy and happiness in this area. They can also show off their talent. What I love the most is the contrast in their voices and the areas they come from. When they sing, everything is so beautiful and they are happy. Though they come from difficult backgrounds, when they are on stage everything just comes together nicely,” says Blacher.

Her wish for the long run is that the choir becomes an income source for the members.

“Everyone is committed and they enjoy it. Most of them are working and it would be nice if one day this becomes a source of income as well to help their families. Looking at other choirs like Soweto Gospel Choir we are hopeful that we will make it big as well,” she says.

Next year they will be holding more auditions and they are looking for more men to join. They practise on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Anyone who is 15 years old and above can join the choir.

V For more information on the Hout Bay ingoma choir call 081 854 6780.

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