Mafikizolo to wow choir fest

MAFIKIZOLO will perform their hit songs at the much-awaited 2009 Transnet Foundation and Sowetan Massed Choir Festival at the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg on Sunday.

MAFIKIZOLO will perform their hit songs at the much-awaited 2009 Transnet Foundation and Sowetan Massed Choir Festival at the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg on Sunday.

They will be conducted by versatile choral and classical music personalities Mokale Koapeng and Ludumo Magangane, who are also highly reputable composers, arrangers and orchestrators with national and international experience.

The Mafikizolo duo of Nhlanhla Nciza and Theo Kgosinkwe, who are currently establishing separate solo careers, will share the stage with 10 championship-winning choirs to make this year's showcase a fitting festival of champions.

Tickets are R30 and the programmes sell for R10.

The champions are the Matthews Singers, Belcanto Voices, Gauteng Choristers, South African Police Service Choir and the Transnet Choir. Other equally competent regulars are the Vaal Choristers, African Sweet Melodies, Mogale City Chorale and East Rand Chorale.

The festival will also showcase young soloists including tenor Wayne Mkhize, soprano Andiswa Makana, mezzo soprano Tina Mene and bass singer Ebenezer Sawuli.

In keeping with the project's established tradition, African music icon Mosoeu Michael Moerane will be honoured with the mass choir rendition of his timeless and beautiful piece, Ruri.

Previous guest acts included Rebecca Malope, Tsepo Tshola, Ringo Madlingozi and hip-hop exponent Tumelo "Tuks Senganga" Kepadisa.

The festival is on the Transnet Foundation's list of corporate social investment and responsibility projects. This includes the peerless Phelophepa, a community-based primary healthcare service on wheels that services poor communities near major railway routes.

The festival is the pride of a string of nation-building projects and programmes initiated by the late Sowetan editor-in-chief Aggrey Klaaste, who died in 2004 after setting a trend as a visionary of goodwill, brotherhood and peace.

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