Serumula wins SA choral com­pe­ti­tion

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE choral group of the Serumula Per­form­ing Arts Academy (SPAA) added an­other feather to their al­ready il­lus­tri­ous cap by clinch­ing the top prize at the Gaut­eng Choral Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion (GACMA) com­pe­ti­tion on Sun­day.

SPAA took the num­ber one spot in the Gold cat­e­gory of the com­pe­ti­tion with 187 points ahead South African choirs, Gaut­eng Cho­ris­ters and Sound of the Na­tion, which took sec­ond and third place with 174 and 159 points re­spec­tively.

GACMA is one of the big­gest choral com­pe­ti­tions in South Africa which is held on an­nual ba­sis. Since its in­cep­tion, the com­pe­ti­tion has been rarely won by choirs out­side of South Africa’s Gaut­eng prov­ince.

SPAA also made his­tory by be­com­ing the first choir from Le­sotho to win the pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the group’s spokesper­son, Sam Le­tima, it was not the first time they com­peted for the ti­tle, adding that they had worked hard to up their game af­ter fail­ing in pre­vi­ous at­tempts.

He said it was thanks to per­se­ver­ance and ded­i­ca­tion that they fi­nally man­aged to notch the plum ac­co­lade.

“We are very com­mit­ted to our craft and we work very hard to excel in what we do,” said Leti- ma.

“The com­pe­ti­tion was very tough as al­ways, but we told our­selves that we would not lose again this time around but make Ba­sotho proud.”

Since its for­ma­tion eight years ago, the SPAA has rep­re­sented the coun­try in South Africa a num­ber of times and won the Na­tional Choir Fes­ti­val cham­pi­onship and African Melody Fes­ti­val ti­tle in 2013. The choir is also the cur­rent Len­gau Choral Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tion cham­pi­ons.

Mem­bers of the group come from dif­fer­ent dis­tricts and church choirs. De­spite their al­ready ster­ling track record, Le­tima said SPAA would not rest on their lau­rels, but work even harder to be­come a world class choir.

“We may have won a num­ber of com­pe­ti­tions, but we still have the goal of be­ing the best choir in the world to achieve,” he said.

“While we have man­aged to build a group that other choirs can draw in­spi­ra­tion from, we in­tent to leave be­hind a big­ger le­gacy.”

Le­tima added that they were now eye­ing the an­nual African Melody Fes­ti­val, to be held later this year, which they have won twice be­fore.

Other win­ners of the GACMA com­pe­ti­tion were: Sliver Sec­tion: SAPS Gaut­eng (159), Uni­joh (158), Me­dunsa (54). Bronze Sec­tion: Soweto Artis­tic (145), Soweto Golden (138), Nellmaphius (138).

Tsakane youth choir (137).

SPAA spokesper­son Sam Le­tima.

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