The Old Mutual National Choir Festival (NCF), which has brought the best of choral music to the continent for 42 consecutive years, will be helping Africans celebrate their culture’s traditions and everyday life with their voices raised in song.
This African choral event started as a community project and attracted 106 choirs this year. These choirs have taken part at the launch over the weekend of the 14th July in Gauteng. Some of the places where performances will take place are Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Polokwane, Ethekwini, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Performances have started in August and will continue through to 8 December 2019.
The prescribed music the choirs could elect to sing comes from the 41 years of music that NCF has in its repertoire; songs that are either accompanied or unaccompanied, a factor that should make for exciting and diverse performances for the audiences who attend these inspiring events.
“A single song can only be chosen by the choirs for a maximum of four times and will work on a first come first served basis, both nationally and provincially, creating a far broader range of exciting eras or styles and tastes for all of the performances, enabling people to give of their best, display their love of music and share it.
In addition, it promotes the development of music, music literacy and a chance for passionate and committed participants to thrill receptive audiences,” Thobile Tshabalala, Head of Brand at Old Mutual, said. “We are proud to be contributing so positively towards the music industry in Africa,” she added.
The Bloemfontein event will take place on 26 October 2019, at the Sand du Plessis Theatre.
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