All set for premier choir fes­ti­val

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

TWENTY seven lo­cal and South African groups will bat­tle for hon­ours in the pop­u­lar Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank African Melody Fes­ti­val (SLB AMF) this Sun­day at ‘Man­thabiseng Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Maseru.

This year’s 14th edi­tion of the an­nual choirs’ com­pe­ti­tion will fea­ture a new In­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional cat­e­gory in ad­di­tion to the usual Stan­dard and Large cat­e­gories.

The com­pe­ti­tion was launched in 2003 by the Choral Mu­sic Fed­er­a­tion of Le­sotho (CMFL) to up­lift choral mu­sic in the coun­try. In 2014 the con­test opened its doors to South African choirs as a ges­ture of re­cip­ro­ca­tion since Ba­sotho of­ten com­pete in South African com­pe­ti­tions.

CMFL spokesper­son, Kho­tola Mokoto this week told the Week­ender that the In­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional cat­e­gory had been in­tro­duced to cater for church choirs.

“Most of our choirs are made up of mem­bers from dif­fer­ent lo­cal churches there­fore leav­ing church choirs in a po­si­tion where they can­not com­pete with such choirs so it was nec­es­sary to cre­ate a cat­e­gory which would cater for them,” Mokoto said.

“The other two cat­e­gories are for com­mu­nity choirs but they dif­fer be­cause the Large sec­tion is for es­tab­lished choirs that have at least 49 mem­bers while the stan­dard fo­cuses on up­com­ing choirs with less than 49 mem­bers.”

He said the new cat­e­gory will fea­ture St Ger­ald LCYM, Roma Melodies LCYM, St Damien LCYM, St Luke LCYM, Seka­ma­neng LEC, Maseru LEC and Sa­maria Church Choir.

The Large cat­e­gory will fea­ture choirs such as Maseru City Choral, Mo­hapeloa Singers, Seru­mula Per­form­ing Arts Academy, Maf-

eteng Cho­ris­ters, Ben Mar­cato, SAPS Cho­ris­ters, Cen­tral Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy Choir and Free State Cho­ris­ters.

The likes of Qeme Cho­rus, Malet­sun­yane, Gru­en­put Choral, Maseru Har­monic Voices, Motheo Col­lege, St Emile LCYM, Sounds of the South, Mae­stro Cantabile, St Ger­ald Ser­e­nade Youth Choir, Berea Mar­velous Voices, Na­tional Univer­sity of Le­sotho Choir and Mo­fuma­hali oa Tl­holo LCYM will par­tic­i­pate in the Stan­dard cat­e­gory.

“In each cat­e­gory, the choirs have an op­tion of four songs from which to se­lect two to com­pete in.

“We held a work­shop for all the choirs in Au­gust where we had choral spe­cial­ists who ex­plained the re­quire­ments of the com­pe­ti­tion as well as the char­ac­ter­is­tics of each of the 12 songs and how best they could sing them,” he said.

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