Seru­mula launches de­but album

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE choral group of the Seru­mula Per­form­ing Arts Academy (SPAA) has fi­nally re­leased its de­but album ti­tled Best of Seru­mula – Sooth­ing Choral Sounds.

Ac­cord­ing to Seru­mula Con­duc­tor Lehlomela Tente, the 26-track of­fer­ing is a com­pi­la­tion of Eucharist and Lutheran Hymns, African folk songs, clas­sics and western clas­si­cal choral works. He said the album also in­cludes pre­vi­ously recorded live per­for­mances of Sesotho, English, Ger­man, Latin and Ital­ian songs.

De­spite notch­ing count­less awards in Le­sotho and be­yond since its found­ing nine years ago, he said SPAA Choral Group opted to de­lay record­ing their de­but album much to the cha­grin of its le­gion of fans.

“We should have re­leased an album in our first year of ex­is­tence, but de­cided against it be­cause we were not con­fi­dent with the qual­ity of the record­ing equip­ment at our dis­posal,” Tente told the Weekender this week.

“This did not go down well with our fans who con­tin­ued to pres­sur­ize us to record. We were left with no choice but to look for the M48 000 that was needed to record the album since we used the stu­dios in Bloem­fontein.

“We were very im­pressed with the way the songs were mas­tered and con­fi­dent enough to of­fer the album to our fans.”

He said most of the album’s songs were hymns from var­i­ous churches such as Ro­man Catholic Church, Evan­gel­i­cal Church, Angli­can Church and Sev­enth Day Ad­ven­tist.

“This is be­cause we come from dif­fer­ent churches and don’t want any of our mem­bers or fans to feel left out,” said Tente.

“We de­cided to record songs that we were per­formed be­fore with the be­lief that they ap­peal to peo­ple in dif­fer­ent ways. We also fea­tured com­po­si­tions by the likes of JP Mo­hapeloa.”

He said the album was cur­rently avail­able at their of­fices, al­though they were work­ing on var­i­ous dis­tri­bu­tion chan­nels to en­sure it is avail­able in Le­sotho and South Africa.

Hence­forth, SPAA Choral Group will record on a reg­u­lar ba­sis Tente said.

“We have been op­er­a­tional for the past nine years and be­lieve it is high time choir mem­bers earned a liv­ing from their tal­ents,” he said.

“Our in­ten­tion is to re­lease an album on an an­nual ba­sis from now on to en­sure that mem­bers of the choir gain some­thing from copy sales.”

SPAA Choral Group is one of the big­gest har­monic en­sem­bles in the coun­try and has rep­re­sented the coun­try in South Africa win­ning the Na­tional Choir Festival, African Melody Festival and Man­gaung Choral Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tion among oth­ers. Lo­cally, the choir is also the cur­rent African Melody Festival cham­pi­ons.

Last month, the group suc­cess­fully de­fended their Gaut­eng Choral Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion overall win­ner ti­tle in Al­ber­ton, Pretoria.

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MEM­BERS of the SPAA Choral Group

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