Choral music luminary to be honoured

One of the South Africa's accomplished music luminaries Professor Mzilikazi Khumalo will be honoured at a function at Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto at 2pm tomorrow.

One of the South Africa's accomplished music luminaries Professor Mzilikazi Khumalo will be honoured at a function at Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto at 2pm tomorrow.

Khumalo will be lauded for his immense contribution to choral music.

He has not only made choral music his life but ensured that all the brilliant - living and dead - composers get recognition.

This weekend Mzilikazi will officially retire from two of three choirs he had conducted for years.

"I am stepping down from the two choirs because I am no longer a spring chicken.

"At 77, I am old and tired and can't keep up with the work required to deliver a successful A-plus choir. I am talking about big choirs that practise at night, in Soweto.

I live in Kagiso so you can imagine just how taxing this is," he said yesterday.

"It all started with Sowetan's Aggrey Klaaste. He put me and Richard Cock as directors in 1989. Our task was to choose and train the choirs and soloists."

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