Choral groups to lock horns in contest

MASERU — The Choral Music Federation of Lesotho (CMFL) will host a two-day national competition in April.

CMFL spokesperson, Sam Letima, told the Weekender this week that the event will run on April 28 and 29 at Manthabiseng Convention Centre.

The competition, dubbed the Sunrise Scrap-yard Festival of Voices, is sponsored by a local company, Sunrise Scrap-yard, to the tune of M65 000.

“We are starting the new year on a high note in our endeavour to develop the local choral music industry,” Letima said.

He said the competition is targeting  individuals as well as small and large choirs.  “The competition holds Sunrise Scrap-yard’s name because they are our prime sponsors. We are however looking for other sponsors to make it a success.”

Letima said the first day of the competition will see small and ensemble choirs vying for top honours. This section enables small choirs  irrespective of the number of their choristers to participate.

“The second day is the national choral competition which has two categories, Standard and Large Sections. “Standard Section is targeting choirs with between 35-50 members and Large Section is targeting choirs with members between 50 and 70,” Letima said.

He said the Sunrise Scrap-yard Festival of Voices aims to help choirs grow and develop towards the African Melody Festival (AMF) held annually during the first weekend of December.

“We started this competition after realising that most choirs have nothing to do after the AMF in terms of development while a few resort to participating in South African choral competitions,”
Letima said.

“With both competitions, we are hoping to establish sustainable choirs that are confident enough to compete at international level as individuals or delegates.”

He added that the two competitions seek to get young people off the streets by keeping them busy. Letima said the Sunrise Scrap-yard competition will use the same adjudicators from the AMF 2011 after they performed satisfactorily.

“We are going to have Thabiso Mosabala, Tsietsi Mofokeng, Fako Mokwena and Themba Madlopha from Gauteng as well as Malefetsane Mofokeng from Bloemfontein as our adjudicators again after they provided satisfactory results
at the AMF 2011.”

He said the panel could only change if valid reasons were provided to the  committee “but for now the four gentlemen will be the panel in April”.

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