Choir festival fetes grand Mazibuko

Sowetan, SABC and the Transnet Foundation will use a major choral music event to honour larger than life choral music figure, Jabulani Mazibuko.

Sowetan, SABC and the Transnet Foundation will use a major choral music event to honour larger than life choral music figure, Jabulani Mazibuko.

Last year, the Massed Choir Festival - which is a highlight of the Heritage Month festivities each year - honoured composer Theriso Tsambo of North West.

It was apt to honour Tsambo last year because the festival commemorated the 50th anniversary of the epic women's march against the dreaded dompas.

Featuring 20 choirs, forming a formidable 1000-voice chorus and guest performances by Afro-pop star Ringo Madlingozi and the Bafokeng Chorale, the festival is scheduled for the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg on September 16.

Guest performers at last year's festival were young hip-hop star Tumelo Kepadisa and the Botswana Choral Society.

Young soloists this year are mezzo-sporano Teresa de Wit, bass Paul Madibeng, soprano Xoliswa Nogwam and tenor Donald Majosi. Instrumental backing will be provided by the Nation Building Orchestra.

Versatile choral music practitioners Ludumo Magangane, Thabiso Mosabala, Mokale Koapeng, Danny Pooe and Thulasizwe Nkabinde are working hard with the choirs and soloists to assure that supporters of Sowetan's nation-building concept, philosophy and work are not disappointed. - Victor Mecoamere

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