Serumula to compete at SA music festival

MASERU — Choral group, Serumula Performing Arts Academy, is set to compete at the Sedibeng Choral Music Festival in South Africa on March 25.

Serumula’s public relations officer, Mpiti Mopeli, told the Weekender they were ready for victory.

“Last year our participation was to assess the choir’s capacity to compete against the big choirs from South Africa,” he said.

“We entered in the large choir category but this year we are competing in the standard (category) and we are ready to win.”

The group is made up of 60 choristers.

Mopeli said they had worked hard to recruit the required number of choristers to take part in the event.

“It is a challenge we had to overcome. We are expected to bring a certain number of members and with most of our choristers based in different places due to different commitments such as work and school, this was difficult,” he said.

Mopeli said in addition to their daily auditions, they recently performed at the King’s concert which helped boost momentum among choristers.

“We are engaging in a lot of rehearsals and internal auditions to ensure that each chorister is ready for the challenge.

“The competition is going to help Serumula reach its capacity as a performing academy, which is our main mission,” he said.

He added that they were expecting fireworks and intensive competition from other choirs from South Africa.

Serumula’s preparations and the outcome of the competition would motivate its members to strive to be the best choir in every competition they participate in.

Sedibeng Choral Music Festival is a partnership between the Sedibeng District Municipality and the Sedibeng Arts Initiative.

The competition is held under the direction and guidance of Fako Mokoena, a well-respected and experienced choral leader in the Sedibeng community.

The festival, which is entering its eighth year, seeks to develop choirs in the region and beyond.

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