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A Pietermaritzburg gospel group started by the KwaZulu- Natal head of transport, Kwazi Mbanjwa, yesterday jetted off to the US.
The group, Singing For Joy, will perform at gospel festivals and churches in Atlanta.
Mbanjwa, who left with the group, said they would also perform in Georgia and Orlando.
He said he wanted the group's visit to market KwaZulu-Natal and strengthen the relationship between Pietermaritzburg and Atlanta.
Mbanjwa plays piano for the group, which consists of 45 youngsters. He established it as a church choir in 1985 and has been an active member since. Singing For Joy has recorded two albums.
Speaking at the send-off at Durban airport yesterday, Mbanjwa said: "Everyone has his own way of de-stressing and mine is music.
"We all need something enjoyable to do in our busy schedules. Some people play golf and some go out for drinks with friends. For me, singing and playing my piano are the perfect way to de-stress."
The group's conductor, Mthoko Zakwa, said: "We are excited and proud about the opportunity to represent our country and Africa abroad."