Pietermaritzburg choir looking for young, rural talent in KwaZulu-Natal

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Some of the members of the Zulu Kingdom Choir.
Some of the members of the Zulu Kingdom Choir.

With the aim of targeting young talented individuals from all walks of life in KwaZulu-Natal, and a special focus on rural and previously disadvantaged areas, the Zulu Kingdom Choir was launched on March 28, 2021.

Founder of the NPO, Mduduzi Shezi told The Witness that the choir was launched recently and therefore had not performed anywhere so far, although they have held rehearsals, and are still on the lookout for emerging talent.

“We are currently looking at attracting all types of talented people from rural areas, children homes, school-going youth, university students and all interested talented young people from all walks of life,” said Shezi.

“I then joined the Durban Serenade Choral Society in 2000 as a student and also sang for the Natal Technikon Choir.”
Mduduzi Shezi, choir founder

He said it was his dream to lead his own choir ever since he started singing when he was 12 years old in primary school. “It was in Edendale Technical High School where I met the late Bambanani Shabalala, who introduced me to the Pietermaritzburg Choral Society. I sang for the choir under the leadership of Dr Joshua Radebe from 1998 to 1999.

“I then joined the Durban Serenade Choral Society in 2000 as a student and also sang for the Natal Technikon Choir,” said Shezi, adding that it was here where he began running choir rehearsals and his interest in conducting started.

Executive committee of the Zulu Kingdom Choir (from left): Lindo Ngubane, Nonkululeko Shezi, Siphiwe Bulose, Nokulunga Madlala, Sihle Mbatha, Mduduzi Shezi and Nonto Buthelezi.
Executive committee of the Zulu Kingdom Choir (from left): Lindo Ngubane, Nonkululeko Shezi, Siphiwe Bulose, Nokulunga Madlala, Sihle Mbatha, Mduduzi Shezi and Nonto Buthelezi.

Having started choir conducting in his early years, Shezi became a well-known conductor over the years, noted for working with several choirs and winning various competitions in SA.

Those interested in joining the choir can contact chairperson Siphiwe Bulose at 073 747 5370.


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