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We will be celebrating Aggrey Klaaste's spirit of ubuntu in song

By unknown | Aug 29, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Victor Mecoamere

Victor Mecoamere

Sowetan's unique concept or philosophy of ubuntu or humanness, which we choose to call nation-building, will be celebrated during the yearly Massed Choir Festival in Johannesburg on September 16 at 2pm.

Through this Sowetan, SABC and Transnet Foundation-sponsored extravaganza, we will also be celebrating one of the most enduring projects of the Aggrey Klaaste Nation Building Foundation.

Featuring 20 choirs forming a formidable 1000-voice chorus, four emerging soloists, a guest choir outside of Gauteng or South Africa, a huge orchestra, a guest artist and the honouring of a choral music legend, the festival is one of the favourite projects of Sowetan's founding father of nation-building, the late former Sowetan editor-in-chief, Dr Aggrey Klaaste.

Star attractions at this year's festival are soloists - tenor Donald Majosi, bass Paul Madibeng, soprano Xoliswa Nogwam and mezzo soprano Teresa de Wit as well as Afropop singer Ringo Madlingozi. Another guest act, the Bafokeng Community Choir, will be backed by the Nation Building Orchestra and 20 choirs, namely:

l Alexandra Adult Choir

l Spoornet Johannesburg Choir

l The Singing Nation

l SABC Choristers

l The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

l Soweto Songsters

l Anvil Chorus

l Mogale City Chorale

l Meadowlands Methodist Choir

l Bonisudumo Choristers

l East Rand Chorale

l Wattville Choral Society

l South African Reserve Bank Melody

l Shalom Chorale

l Home Affairs Department Choir

l Vaal Choral Society

l African Sweet Melodies

l Vaal Choristers

l Resurrection Church Choir

Klaaste - who died on June 19 2004 - launched the nation-building campaign's more than 10 projects, to forge healthier relations among all South Africans, using the festival as a cross-cultural musical tool.


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