Gospel singers in a lurch as show­case flops

Grocott's Mail - - ARTS NEWS - By LIN­DANI DONYELI

To­mor­row (Satur­day, 28 Oc­to­ber) was meant to be the big day for lo­cal groups of Youth Gospel Singers tak­ing part in a Tal­ent Show lead­ing up to Mvuse­lelo Gospel Ex­trav­a­ganza to be held in East Lon­don in De­cem­ber.

But that event which was to show­case the tal­ent of 22 lo­cal groups, has been post­poned in­def­i­nitely, ac­cord­ing to Samora Ngx­ala, one of the event or­gan­is­ers.

Fur­ther, Mphumezi Me­sani, from the De­part­ment of Sports, Re­cre­ation, Arts and Cul­ture (DSRAC), can­celled au­di­tions that should have been held last week (15 Oc­to­ber) at Dakawa Com­mu­nity Art Cen­tre, in an email sent to or­gan­is­ers four days be­fore the event,

The events didn't take place due to a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Makana Mu­nici- pal­ity and the DSRAC, ac­cord­ing to Ngx­ala.

It re­mains to be seen whether the lo­cal young peo­ple, who have been pre­par­ing for months, and some for years, will be ready and able to at­tend the 9 De­cem­ber ex­trav­a­ganza at East Lon­don's Ori­ent Theatre.

The event is or­gan­ised by Imvuse­lelo, which is funded by Lotto.

“We don’t get help and we end up not know­ing what to do,” said Ron­nie Khu­malo, an­other or­gan­iser. “We do lo­gis­tics by our­selves, we buy our own food and we pay the fa­cil­i­ta­tors.”

Khu­malo and Ngx­ala travel around the East­ern Cape or­gan­is­ing events aimed at de­vel­op­ing Gospel singers. Un­for­tu­nately they don't get any at­ten­tion in the Sarah Baart­man District, Khu­malo com­plained.

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