Manager of the Thabong Choristers, Mosa Rampone, has vowed to make sure that choirs from the Free State, who will be participating in the National Choir Festival at the FNB Arena in Johannesburg, will be in the winning top 3 teams.
Speaking at a media briefing at Bloemfontein’s Civic Theatre where MEC of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (SACR) in the province, Mathabo Leeto, was expected to attend, Rampone said that the choirs have put in a lot of work to make sure that they compete on an equal footing with choirs from other provinces.
“What many people don’t realise is that choirs aren’t just about singing, but they also bring people from various backgrounds together so that they create harmony and great music for audiences. In our case, the choirs consist of everyone from unemployed youth and students to working professionals. It creates synergy between all these people, and I believe we will definitely be among the winning teams in the competition,” Rampone said.
The Thabong Choristers as well as the Free State Choristers will be the two teams representing the province at the competition, which will be held at the FNB Arena in Johannesburg from 8 to 11 December 2017. As part of providing support to these two teams, the provincial SACR has committed to assist both these choirs with transport, food, accommodation, rehearsal space, pianos, and professional vocal coaching.
“The SACR views choral music as an important part of our overall objective of developing, preserving and promoting all forms of art in the Free State. The department is aware that choral music is an art form that has truly stood the test of time and is an integral part of our history.
Choral music has its roots in the African culture and as a nation we must be proud to celebrate and cherish this unique South African music genre,” MEC Leeto said in a statement released by her department earlier today. – Pulane Choane