South African isicathamiya group Kholwa Brothers has won four gold and two silver medals at the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Los Angeles..
The isicathamiya outfit from Durban is also bringing home five overall winners’ trophies.
The group competed in the acapella category, and won a medal for each of the six songs performed.
They performed a song called The Mlambo-Ngcuka, a song that praises former United Nations (UN) official Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Other songs performed include Asenze Umehluko, Peace in the World, My Refuge, Ipi Ntombi and Ushobane.
Speaking to Sowetan after winning on Saturday night, group leader Derrick Mlambo said they were thrilled.
Mlambo said though the competition was not easy, they were kept motivated by the fact that they knew that isicathamiya music is unique.
He said the group had been rehearsing and perfecting the six songs for three months.
“When we got in that stage, we gave it our all. Winning is an indescribable feeling. We won a medal for each song we performed. The songs were arranged according to different themes divisions under the acapella category.
“We could not believe that we won gold and silver medals. We won trophies as overall winners of each section. As much as the competition itself features the best of the world, we trusted our music and our singing.