Swazi Observer - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Si­mon Sha­bangu

MBA­BANE Methodist Church Choir is ap­peal­ing for fi­nan­cial sup­port for their trip to the fi­nals of the Methodist Church Cho­ral Mu­sic fi­nals to be held in Bloem­fotein on Oc­to­ber 8.

This was re­vealed by the choir's pub­li­cist Vusi Dlamini who said hav­ing won at the district level and now pro­ceed­ing to the fi­nals means the choir stands a good chance to win in the fi­nals. He was quick to men­tion that the fi­nals are al­ways tricky stat­ing that there are a lot of string choirs from the SADC re­gion.

He said that does not how­ever mean they will eas­ily give in. He said the choir has vast ex­pe­ri­ence and depth when it comes to qual­ity of singers stat­ing that they will put up a good fight to earn the first spot and take the Ger­many tour which is the first prize.

Dlamini said all that will be pos­si­ble if the na­tion will sup­port them. "At this stage we need a lot of sup­port hence we ap­peal to com­pa­nies and all cho­ral mu­sic lovers to join had s and as­sist the choir.

“We need fi­nances to as­sist us with trans­port and lodg­ing needs since this is a long trip that will re­quire that we ac­com­mo­date the cho­ris­ters" he said.

He noted that they will also need tech­ni­cal sup­port as they pre­pare the choir for fi­nals stat­ing that all those re­quire se­ri­ous funds. "We need pro­fes­sional pi­anists and coaches to as­sist us in our prepa­ra­tions and those ser­vices do not come cheap. We ap­peal to the na­tion to as­sist as we seek to con­tinue lift­ing the coun­try's flag out there.

Those will­ing to as­sist can con­tact me on 7603 0630” he said.

Asked if they have any other plans to host a fundraiser, Dlamini said they are un­der im­mense pres­sure as a re­sult of the daily re­hearsals hence they could not en­gage in any other ac­tiv­i­ties un­til the com­pe­ti­tion.

The choir is no stranger in com­pet­ing on such big stages as they have rep­re­sented the coun­try at the Old Mu­tual Na­tional Choir Fes­ti­val sev­eral times. Although they did not make the top three in the re­cent com­pe­ti­tion they man­aged to pre­pare well and beat the choirs in the Methodist com­pe­ti­tions.

IN NEED: Mba­bane Methodist Church Choir pub­li­cist Vusi Dlamini.

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