Clean sweep for local choirs

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LOCAL choirs proved they have come of age by beat­ing their South African coun­ter­parts in last Sun­day’s Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank African Melody Fes­ti­val (SLB AMF) at ‘Man­thabiseng Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Maseru.

SLB AMF was launched in 2003 by the Choral Mu­sic Fed­er­a­tion of Le­sotho (CMFL), with the aim of up­lift­ing choral mu­sic in Le­sotho and in 2014 the con­test be­gan ac­cept­ing en­tries from South African choirs to re­cip­ro­cate the in­vi­ta­tions ex­tended to Ba­sotho in South African com­pe­ti­tions.

The local choirs swept ev­ery­thing in the com­pe­ti­tion that was seg­mented into the Large (8 choirs), Stan­dard (12 choirs) and In­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional (7 choirs) cat­e­gories.

Four South African choirs locked horns with four local choirs in the Large Cat­e­gory while two South African choirs com­peted with 10 lo­cals in the Stan­dard Cat­e­gory.

The win­ners list was as fol­lows: Large Cat­e­gory 1. Seru­mula Per­form­ing Arts Academy 2. Maseru City Choral 3. Mo­hapeloa Singers Stan­dard Cat­e­gory 4. Sounds of the South 5. NUL Choir 6. Mae­stro Cantabile In­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional 1. Sa­maria Church Choir 2. Maseru LECSA 3. St Luke LCYM CMFL spokesper­son Kho­tola Mokoto said beat­ing South African choirs proved that “local choirs have grown to a level where they can take on any choirs re­gard­less of their ori­gin”.

“I can­not say they had a home ground ad­van­tage for they have been able to per­form well com­pet­ing against the same choirs in var­i­ous South African com­pe­ti­tions,” Mokoto told the Week­ender this week.

How­ever, Mokoto said the choirs ex­pe­ri­enced chal­lenges in re­tain­ing their mem­bers, say­ing this af­fected their com­pe­tency.

“Due to the high rate of un­em­ploy­ment and lack of spon­sor­ship, mem­bers of dif­fer­ent choirs leave to seek bet­ter lives else­where, mean­ing mem­bers change from time to time.

“An­other thing is some mem­bers are still stu­dents and they will be busy with ex­am­i­na­tions mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to at­tend re­hearsals and this af­fects the choirs,” he said.

He also told the pub­li­ca­tion that Seru­mula, which man­aged to de­fend their ti­tle would con­tinue tak­ing part in fu­ture com­pe­ti­tions.

Seru­mula first won the com­pe­ti­tion in 2012, again in 2013 and 2015. Its con­duc­tor Lehlomela Tente con­firmed that they will con­tinue to com­pete in the SLB AMF.

“We have new mem­bers every year so we can­not say Seru­mula has reached that level where it can­not com­pete lo­cally,” he said.

rap­per rea­son Seru­mula Per­form­ing arts academy Choir. DJ Shimza

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