African Chorus Choir brings house down

Winkie Dibakwane

Winkie Dibakwane

The African Chorus Choir shone during the 2007 Old Mutual and Telkom National Choir Festival.

To commemorate the festival's 30th anniversary in Durban on Sunday, a Champ of Champs category was added.

And without any doubt, the African Chorus choir who hails from KwaZulu-Natal were deserving winners.

They have a great following and when the choir stepped onto the stage to render Siyabonga and the Gottheit, Uber alle Machtigat, the audience in the International Convention Centre went wild.

The roar grew even louder when conductor Mongi Mzobe accepted the award.

The choir pipped East Coast Choristers from KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng Choristers and Joy of Africa from Eastern Cape.

The African Chorus Choir was formed in 2002 as a community-based choir to perform at graduation ceremonies, funerals and weddings.

Mzobe proudly told theaudience that the choir is the proud recipient of the Old Mutual-Telkom national finals in both 2003 and 2004, andwere also placed second in competition last year in Port Elizabeth.

The choir also won various provincial Eisteddfods, including Imvunge, the Premier's choral Eisteddfod and the Arts and Culture Eisteddfod.

Earlier this year, the choir performed at the Night of the Proms under top conductor, composer and arranger of choral and classical music, Richard Cock.

The African Chorus Choir is in great demand and was also asked to perform at this year's National Teachers Awards.