Comeback for choir

06 October 2008

The UCT Choir are catching their second breath as they go on tour again.

The UCT Choir for Africa aims to put cultural concerts back on the map with a revival show, which also includes marimba music and poetry, on 18 October. Various national societies and other performing artists have also been invited to perform alongside the choir at the concert.

"The choir has been dormant for a while due to various issues, and this concert is our way of saying the UCT Choir for Africa is back," says choir chair Nozipho Sibanda. "We hope to make both students and staff aware that the choir is still in existence, and perhaps encourage them to join us."

Since its formation in 1987 by George Mugovhani with the aim of preserving African musical heritage, the choir has an admirable track record. It has a history of winning national choir competitions, and has toured Canada and Norway. The choir has also recorded two CDs: Live at Baxter in 1997 and Our Heritage in 2005.

Future plans for the UCT Choir for Africa include a 21st anniversary celebration, participation in upcoming choral competitions, both nationally and abroad, and the recording of a third CD is also on the cards.

A Cultural Evening with the UCT Choir for Africa starts at 18h30 at the Kramer Lecture Theatre. Tickets are R15 and R20 per person. For more information, contact Nozipho on 076 117 0656.

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