Choir fest a hit in the provinces

Victor Mecoamere

Victor Mecoamere

Sowetan'sMassed Choir Festival concept continues to unearth future stars.

The second provincial version of this nation-building project this month in Kimberley, Northern Cape, was no exception.

Flowing from similar, albeit bigger, showcases sponsored by the Transnet Foundation, SABC and Sowetan, the concept is being taken outside Gauteng for the first time, thanks to funding provided to the Aggrey Klaaste Nation Building Foundation by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

The first provincial festival - also sponsored by the fund - took place in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, in August.

Featuring up to 1000 choristers, about eight soloists, an orchestra and guest performers, the festival is an exuberant celebration of South Africa's rich choral music tradition.

In Kimberley 10 choirs backed soprano Nthabiseng Sithisho, mezzo soprano Kelebogile Dipico, tenors Wayne Mkhize and Donnald Majosi and bass Thesele Kemane.

Sithisho, Dipico, Mkhize, Majosi and Kemane were impressive. They are the toast of Northern Cape.

The young soloists were from Kumba Resources, Vae Sa Kimberley, St Mary's and Kagung UCY Choirs, Northern Cape Choristers, Galeshewe Marvelous Voices, Pampierstad Choral Society, Pabalele Chorale, Danielskuil Kago Sesha Melodic Voices and the Colesberg-based Joy of Africa Singers.

They gave beautiful renditions of traditional and Western classical pieces by Handel, Mozart, Tsambo, Koapeng, Mohapeloa, Brahms, Verdi, Magangane, Puccini, Khumalo and Langa.