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Standard Category Choir Profiles


The 39th National Choir Festival produced a wonderful array of Award winning choirs. Listed below are the profiles of the choirs in Standard Category (Large Category) who will be performing in the Finals on 10 & 11 December 2016 at the Ellis Park Arena. Tickets available at Computicket.

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    African Sweet Melodies Choir

    Gauteng

    Conductor:   Thabang Bodibe

    The African Sweet Melodies hails from the Sedibeng District in Gauteng Province. It was established in January 1998 by the highly talented teacher, Mr. Johnny Sehanka. He established this community choir through his Thuto-Tiro Comprehensive School Choir. Majority of the members are from Sebokeng and Sharpeville. But due to the success of the choir, membership has seen people joining the choir from surrounding areas around Gauteng, other provinces and even from our neighboring countries as well. The choir has partnered with Sedibeng Alcohol & Drugs Rehabilitation Centre to bring awareness and prevention of drug abuse in Sedibeng. The Choir has participated in a number of music competitions, music festivals and Social Programmes.

    Achievements:
    – Second Runner up at the OLD MUTUAL Gauteng NCF Regional Eliminations 2013
    – Runner up at the OLD MUTUAL NCF Gauteng Regional Eliminations 2014
    – Winner of the OLD MUTUAL NCF Gauteng Regional Eliminations 2015, standard category

    – Winner of the OLD MUTUAL NCF Gauteng Regional Eliminations 2016, standard category

     

    Prescribed Music:

    Selelo sa setŠhaba

    Agnus Dei

    Indigenous:

    Izindaba

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    Bel'canto Singers Choir

    Eastern Cape

    Conductor: Mr.S.S.Tshona

    The choir made a good showing in both Eastern Cape Choral Music Association and Old Mutual National Choir Festival.
    In 2008 the choir attained position 2 in ECCMA Provincial Eliminations.
    In 2009 it attained position 1 in ECCMA Provincial Eliminations.
    In 2013 the choir attained position 2 in NCF Provincial Eliminations.
    In 2014 it attained the championship ( position1) in NCF Provincial Eliminations.
    In 2014 the choir represented the Province in the National Eliminations and it attained position 2.
    In 2015 the choir defended the Provincial championship in NCF Provincial Eliminations.
    In 2015 it represented the Province in the National Eliminations.
    In 2016 again the choir defended the Provincial Championship

    Prescribed Music:
    Mokgosi gase Molaletsa
    Agnus Dei
    Indigenous:
    Indlela

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    CUT Choir

    Free State

    Conductor: Mr Patrick Motshabi

    CUT CHOIR was established in 1996 and made up of 65 members, Students from CUT Institution and also members from different provinces.
    Since it’s establishment the choir has been participating in many Choral and Opera competitions.

    Some of the highlights include performing with China Symphony Orchestra from Taiwan.
    >2010 Provincial Champ NCF
    >2015 Provincial Champ NCF
    >2016 Finalists (Varsity Sing)
    >2016 Free State Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation Champs (Premier League)
    It’s objective is to develop musical talent in Bloemfontein and South Africa at large.

    Prescribed Music:

    Mogosi gase Molaletsa

    Chant de la Fete de paques

    Indigenous:
    Dinakaladi
    p>Conductor:   Thabang Bodibe

    The African Sweet Melodies hails from the Sedibeng District in Gauteng Province. It was established in January 1998 by the highly talented teacher, Mr. Johnny Sehanka. He established this community choir through his Thuto-Tiro Comprehensive School Choir. Majority of the members are from Sebokeng and Sharpeville. But due to the success of the choir, membership has seen people joining the choir from surrounding areas around Gauteng, other provinces and even from our neighboring countries as well. The choir has partnered with Sedibeng Alcohol & Drugs Rehabilitation Centre to bring awareness and prevention of drug abuse in Sedibeng. The Choir has participated in a number of music competitions, music festivals and Social Programmes.

    Achievements:
    – Second Runner up at the OLD MUTUAL Gauteng NCF Regional Eliminations 2013
    – Runner up at the OLD MUTUAL NCF Gauteng Regional Eliminations 2014
    – Winner of the OLD MUTUAL NCF Gauteng Regional Eliminations 2015, standard category

    – Winner of the OLD MUTUAL NCF Gauteng Regional Eliminations 2016, standard category

    Prescribed Music:

    Selelo sa setŠhaba

    Agnus Dei

    Indigenous:

    Izindaba

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    Chitungwiza Harmony Singers Choir

    Zimbabwe

    Conductor: Arnold Dzangare and George Tamisai

    The sweet melodies echoed by the Chitungwiza Harmony Singers choir makes a young child and an elderly person listen to their songs and get blessed with the words of wisdom and comfort, they deliver through the power of singing. As it is a non denominational, non racial, non tribal choir, it strives to achieve its main purpose that is to unite people from everywhere in and around Harare and Chitungwiza through music.
    Their performance brings a smile on the face and if one has seen them perform, they would testify of the amount of delight they bring to the audience. Over and above their talent in singing, the choir has dance moves that are well choreographed and have energy when performing their songs that will leave one longing for more and remember the choir for their energetic performances. Their repertoire is astonishing in its range and versatility, from sacred to classical, to opera to gospel and to popular modern music and more. There is no genre of music this talented crew has not tackled and executed to perfection. They have travelled places through singing and performing and look forward to travel even further with the current talent in the choir.
    If you would like to meet the choir, they can be found practicing at Dudzai Primary School for three hours every Saturday and Sunday (using a mouth piano for note bashing).To obtain further details please visit their website (https://chitungwizaharmonysingers.wordpress.com), look for them on iTunes or just Google them.

    Prescribed Music:
    Selelo sa setŠhaba
    Chant de la fête de pâques
    Indigenous:
    Jekesa

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    Diamond City Choir

    Northern Cape

    Conductor: Mr Serame Thoabala

    Diamond City Chorus is a community development based choir that was established on 17 April 2013 with the aim of creating home for talented singers in the community of Galeshewe and surrounding areas. As the name suggests, Diamond City Chorus was inspired by the strong history and heritage of Kimberley as a leading manufacturer of diamonds. The choir has grown phenomenally in terms of membership primarily because of its approach to training and development.
    Our main focus is in the genres of Choral and Classical music and it is our endevour to grow to a point where we will introduce musical instruments in our artistic portfolio. We also provide a platform for administrative and management training imparting skills that can empower choristers to make a meaningful contribution in other sectors. Our choir comprises a core of experienced choristers who’s experience ranges between 5 – 15 years in the Choral music sector, but also it is composed of a number of young entrants to the Choral music scene that continue to draw inspiration and training from the core.
    Ours is a choir that is development oriented but also driven to change the face of Choral music in the Northern Cape and consequently in South Africa. Having won first position on debut in the Old Mutual National Choir Festival regional competition, we are motivated and inspired because our goal of being a key player in the national choral and classical music field is within reach. Diamond City Chorus’ artistic programme is led by Mr Serame Thoabala, our Conductor. It is the balance between a strong artistic and administrative team that creates the impressive result of that the choir has achieved thus far. For more information on the Diamond City Chorus contact:
    Prescribed Music:
    Mogosi gase Molaletsa
    Agnus Dei
    Indigenous:
    “Lefatshe la afrika borwa”

    Conductor:   Thabang Bodibe

    The African Sweet Melodies hails from the Sedibeng District in Gauteng Province. It was established in January 1998 by the highly talented teacher, Mr. Johnny Sehanka. He established this community choir through his Thuto-Tiro Comprehensive School Choir. Majority of the members are from Sebokeng and Sharpeville. But due to the success of the choir, membership has seen people joining the choir from surrounding areas around Gauteng, other provinces and even from our neighboring countries as well. The choir has partnered with Sedibeng Alcohol & Drugs Rehabilitation Centre to bring awareness and prevention of drug abuse in Sedibeng. The Choir has participated in a number of music competitions, music festivals and Social Programmes.

    Achievements:
    – Second Runner up at the OLD MUTUAL Gauteng NCF Regional Eliminations 2013
    – Runner up at the OLD MUTUAL NCF Gauteng Regional Eliminations 2014
    – Winner of the OLD MUTUAL NCF Gauteng Regional Eliminations 2015, standard category

    – Winner of the OLD MUTUAL NCF Gauteng Regional Eliminations 2016, standard category

    Prescribed Music:

    Selelo sa setŠhaba

    Agnus Dei

    Indigenous:

    Izindaba

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    Joyful Harmonies

    Western Cape

    Conductor: Monde Mdingi

    Joyful Harmonies is a choir which was formed in 2010. The objectives of establishing the choir was to form an Art Academy that focuses not only on choral music but also on other genres of music and other forms of art. One of our objectives is also to empower young people with their talents and giving them different skills.
    The need that our choir seeks to address is the problem of unemployment, drug use and crime by using the untouched talent that can benefit youth. The other long term goal of the choir is to see young people making money from the talent they have and bring bread on the table at home.
    The choir has achieved a lot since it was established and is portraying great progress. These are some of the achievements: In the year 2010 the choir won 3rd prize in the Old Mutual National Choir Festival, won 3rd prize in the South African Choral Music Association Eisteddfod. In the same year the choir was invited by the International Richard Wagner Society to be the Chorus for the Opera “The Flying Dutchman” this Opera was performed at the Arts Cape Opera House from December 2010 to January 2011. In the year 2011 we won the 3rd prize in the Old Mutual National Choir Festival, we also featured the Mandela Tribute hosted by Arts Cape Opera House. In the year 2012 we were crowned as provincial champions of the Old Mutual National Choir Festival in the Western Cape, in the same year we won the 3rd prize in the Western Cape Choral Music Association.
    In the year 2013 we had 10 of our members who were part of a musical tour in France and also won 2nd prize in the female category of the Western Cape Choral Music Association. In the year 2014 we won 3rd prize in the Western Cape Choral Music Association and we were also crowned as provincial champions of the Old Mutual National Choir Festival in the Western Cape, in the same year were also crowned as National Champions of Old Mutual National Choir Festival. We are now preparing for the National Finals of this high profile competition to defend our championship. Recently we won the 2nd price in the Western Cape Choral Music Association Competition of the year 2015. Lastly 4 of our members are currently graduates of the University of Cape Town (Opera School).
    Recently the choir was crowned as provincial champions of Old Mutual National Choir Festival which was hosted at Arts Cape Center.
    Prescribed music:
    Selelo sa setŠhaba
    Agnus Dei
    Indigenous:

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    Gaborone Youth Singers

    Gaborone

    Conductor: Tshepiso Marumo

    Gaborone Youth Singers was formed in 1997. The choir has played of Botswana choral music by performing in South Africa, Swaziland and Congo Brazzaville. GYS has been crown champions in several choral music competitions in Botswana earning itself recognition as one of the most formidable choirs the country has. Individual members of the choir range between 21 and 40 years in age, and current membership of the choir stands at 76.
    Prescribed Music:
    Mokgosi Ga se Molaletsa
    Chant de la fête de pâques
    Indigenous:
    Basimane le ratile mpuledisa

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    Simon Estes Alumni Choir

    Western Cape

    Conductor: Monwabisi Mbabani

    Simon Estes Alumni Choir (SEAC) was established in 2008 by a few young men who had recently left the UCT music college and a group of learners from Simon Estes Music High School. Most of these learners came from disadvantaged homes in Khayelitsha. The main purpose of the choir is to nurture the natural talent and also offer an alternative to a life on the streets for the youth in the communities of Cape Town. The principal objective is to create beautiful Music. This is achieved by utilizing the God-given talent and the uniquely beautiful voices that have become the trademark of the Choir.
    It was only a week after its establishment when the Simon Estes Alumni Choir took the stage for their first performance. This was in the Old Mutual National Choir Festival regional eliminations. By the end of the regional finals, SEAC obtained the 3rd position in the overall Standard section of the competition.
    This was only the beginning. It was in this very same year, 2008, in the South African Post Office Provincial eliminations in the Western Cape where the choir obtained 1st place for the Bass Solo, Duet and the Trio.
    In 2009, the Choir performed in a location just outside Gugulethu in Cape Town. In this performance they welcomed the former first lady of the US who later became the 67th United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
    2010, the year of Great Hope in South Africa brought great opportunities and bigger challenges. The year began with a performance in the Rapport Competition where SEAC obtained a 1st runner up position against some steep competition. The Choir then sang at a World Cup closing concert that was held at the Dome in Randburg, Johannesburg. In this concert, SEAC shared the stage with the Honorable Dr. Simon Estes (An internationally recognized Bass/baritone), Andrea Boccelli (An internationally recognized Tenor) and our well known South African Soprano Pretty Yende.
    In this same year SEAC made a remarkable return to the Old Mutual National Choir Festival Western Cape Regional Eliminations by winning both the African and Western piece making it the overall winners of the Western Cape Province. Later that year at the Old Mutual National Choir Festival Finals SEAC completed as first runners-up in the overall standard section.
    In 2011, the choir had a tour of the United States. Later that year took part in the Nelson Mandela Canvas Legacy event celebrating the life and contribution of the father of our nation. The choir also retained its Provincial Championship in the Old Mutual National Choir Festival Western Cape Regional Eliminations and obtained the first runner-up position in the finals.
    In 2013, SEAC won both male and female voice sections in the Western Cape Choral Music Association Annual competition and won the Choice Piece section in Old Mutual National Choir Festival Finals.
    It has further made an unquestionable true mark at Vista University on the Old Mutual Festival (NCF), where it has achieved the National Championship 2015 and WECCMA Championship at Arts Cape Theatre in the WECCMA; currently won the Vernacular prescribed piece at the 2016 WECCMA competition.
    Prescribed Music
    Mokgosi ga se Molaletsa
    Chant de la fête de pâques
    Indigenous:
    Cape Town Medley arranged by Monwabisi Mbambani

    ctor:   Thabang Bodibe

    The African Sweet Melodies hails from the Sedibeng District in Gauteng Province. It was established in January 1998 by the highly talented teacher, Mr. Johnny Sehanka. He established this community choir through his Thuto-Tiro Comprehensive School Choir. Majority of the members are from Sebokeng and Sharpeville. But due to the success of the choir, membership has seen people joining the choir from surrounding areas around Gauteng, other provinces and even from our neighboring countries as well. The choir has partnered with Sedibeng Alcohol & Drugs Rehabilitation Centre to bring awareness and prevention of drug abuse in Sedibeng. The Choir has participated in a number of music competitions, music festivals and Social Programmes.

    Achievements:
    – Second Runner up at the OLD MUTUAL Gauteng NCF Regional Eliminations 2013
    – Runner up at the OLD MUTUAL NCF Gauteng Regional Eliminations 2014
    – Winner of the OLD MUTUAL NCF Gauteng Regional Eliminations 2015, standard category

    – Winner of the OLD MUTUAL NCF Gauteng Regional Eliminations 2016, standard category

    Prescribed Music:

    Selelo sa setŠhaba

    Agnus Dei

    Indigenous:

    Izindaba

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    Prince Mshiyeni Hospital Choir

    KwaZulu Natal

    Conductor: Khulekani Khumalo

    The Prince Mshiyeni hospital choir is a choir which was established on 07 January 2005 consisting of staff members mainly to entertain hospital members when having events, however in 2006 it was decided that the choir needed to grow and enter the department of health choir competitions.
    In 2006 the choir entered the KwaZulu Natal Health Choir Competition which consisted of hospital choirs all over Kwazulu Natal. In 2007 it was decided to include community members who are interested in music and learners from various schools as part of development and in a few months we saw good results and the choir was doing well,
    The Prince Mshiyeni choir’s achievements are as follows;
    KZN Health competition champions 2006, 2007 and 2008
    Imvunge Choral Competition champions 2006/7/8 and 2009
    Old Mutual National choir festival runners up 2008/9/10/11/12/13 and 2014
    Melting pot festival champions 2013 and 2014
    KZN arts and culture competition champions 2011/12/13 and 14…In 2015 the choir was crowned the KZN regional champions in the Old Mutual National Choir Festival and went on to represent the province on national level whereby the choir obtained position 2 overall.
    The Prince Mshiyeni hospital choir has also done numerous concerts with the KZN philharmonic orchestra under the baton of Maestro Naomi Rousine, to name one, The 20 years of freedom concert
    The mission of the Prince Mshiyeni hospital choir is to make music for a living and create a model for professionals.

    Prescribed music:
    Mogosi gase Molaletsa
    Chant de la fête de pâques
    Indigenous:
    Ntombi Bekezela emendweni

    uctor:   Thabang Bodibe

    The African Sweet Melodies hails from the Sedibeng District in Gauteng Province. It was established in January 1998 by the highly talented teacher, Mr. Johnny Sehanka. He established this community choir through his Thuto-Tiro Comprehensive School Choir. Majority of the members are from Sebokeng and Sharpeville. But due to the success of the choir, membership has seen people joining the choir from surrounding areas around Gauteng, other provinces and even from our neighboring countries as well. The choir has partnered with Sedibeng Alcohol & Drugs Rehabilitation Centre to bring awareness and prevention of drug abuse in Sedibeng. The Choir has participated in a number of music competitions, music festivals and Social Programmes.

    Achievements:
    – Second Runner up at the OLD MUTUAL Gauteng NCF Regional Eliminations 2013
    – Runner up at the OLD MUTUAL NCF Gauteng Regional Eliminations 2014
    – Winner of the OLD MUTUAL NCF Gauteng Regional Eliminations 2015, standard category

    – Winner of the OLD MUTUAL NCF Gauteng Regional Eliminations 2016, standard category

    Prescribed Music:

    Selelo sa setŠhaba

    Agnus Dei

    Indigenous:

    Izindaba

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    University of Limpopo Chorister

    Limpopo

    Conductor:   Thabe Matsebatlela

    Situated at the heart of Mankweng, 30km East of Polokwane City, the University of Limpopo gave birth to UL Choristers in the early 90’s. The choir was established by students of the students of the University of Limpopo to participate in university community activities such as university official graduation ceremonies, memorial services and other official university gatherings. The choir grew and started participating in competitive choral music eisteddfods such as South African Tertiary Institutions Choral Associations (SATICA), Varsity Sport Sing and Old Mutual National Choir Festivals, collecting several championship awards along the way. The choir has also performed and was competitively adjudicated in countries such as United States of America (USA). The choir has established music collaborations with national and international institutions which afforded them to visit several music departments in countries such as USA and Swaziland.  Our resident experts in these countries have since maintained ongoing strong musical and academic relations, bringing our motto “building bridges though music” to life. Choir projects include instituting music development programs in Limpopo Province by introducing instrument and vocal training for schools, churches and community choirs, in a National Lotteries Board sponsored program. The choir participates in early childhood development program and has adopted primary school choirs in the community while assisting high school choirs in their music programs, a project that involves donating music instruments such as electronic piano to primary school choirs.

    The choirs has participated in church services not only in Limpopo but other provinces as well as it believes music began in the church and thus, encourages its members to inject life in their respective church services through music. The choir aims and objectives have since expanded to immortalizing the music of our local music composers such as Dr SJ Khosa and together with the Khosa Family, led by his brother, Dr Reuel J. Khoza, have been actively singing the unsung songs of SJ Khosa while promoting the orchestrated versions of Khosa music.

    More than 800 songs of SJ Khosa compositions remain unsung. The ultimate goal of the choir is to promote choral music development in Limpopo Province and provide a Music Development Center that would be accessible to all choral music lovers so as to unearth and nurture talent. All choir members are students and alumni of the University of Limpopo with a common characteristic: the passion for choral music.

    The “UL Choristers Family” as affectionately known, is built on three pillars: love for choral music, love for one another and great sense of professional musicianship. We create a family to run to when life is rough, a space to exhale, a room to learn lessons of life from music, and the platform to share information on how to face challenges with confidence. As in the words of our Mozart, SJ Khosa, music keeps us united and strengthens us. Music allows us to serve one another, to serve our community, and to serve humanity far and beyond.

    Prescribed Music:

    Selelo sa setšhaba

    Agnus Dei

    Indigenous:  

    Library ba e agela thuto” (Moletjie indigenous dance)

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    Royal Swazi Spa Choir

    Swaziland

    Conductor:   Khulekani Magongo

    Known and loved locally and internationally, the Royal Swazi Spa Choir is based at the Ezulwini valley in the Kingdom of Swaziland. The choir was formed in 1996; by the Royal Swazi Spa Hotel staff members to entertain hotel guests and c. Interest grew as children, family members and friends indicated desire to sing. The choir then joined the Swaziland Choral Music Competitions in 1998 in order to maintain and produce a good choral sound and technique.

    Royal Swazi Spa Choir renders a rich repertoire of African Folk, traditional songs and adeptly performs western music of great composers in the likes of W. A. Mozart, Joseph Haydn, G. F. Handel, G. Verdi, J. S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner and many more.

    Through hard work, dedication and consistency, the choir has gained reputation for rendering good choral music. On several occasions, the Choir has represented Swaziland in the Standard category of the Old Mutual National Choir Festival finals. The choir is proud to groom its own to become a force to reckon with in the choral fraternity.

    The choir is conducted by Khulekani Magongo who has been with the Choir since 2003.

    Prescribed Music:

    Mokgosi ga se molaletsa

    Western: Agnus Dei

    Indigenous:

    Intfombi Lenhle

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