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BADELISILE MTHEMBU (article first published : 2005-03-26)

Sponsorship is needed for KwaZulu-Natal Youth Choir Member, Badelisile Mthembu, to enable her to tour with the KZN Youth Choir to Germany and Austria in June this year.

Badelisile Mthembu was born in Durban on May 8, 1987. She attended Bushlands Primary where she joined the school choir at the age of nine and then spent her high school years at Mowat Park High School singing in the school choir under the baton of Anita Ruscoe and accompanist Charlene May.

After the resignation of Anita Ruscoe and Charlene May in 2003, Badelisile was appointed choir leader and led the choir into the finals of the Michael House Choral Competition where they won "Best New Choir" as well as the "audience vote". At this time, she was awarded a full scholarship into the KZN Youth Choir by its artistic director, Gerad du Toit. The scholarship covers the membership fees and costs of the uniform.

A certain amount of money has been raised through fundraising concerts with approximately R10,000 to go by April 18.

ďAn unusual, raw talent, which is going to take this young lady very far. With the correct guidance Badelisile could become a singer or maybe, a choral conductor," says Gerad du Toit, Artistic Director of the KZN Youth Choir.

Anyone who would like to make a contribution should contact Anita Ruscoe on 082 959 0375, 031 463 3884 or 031 464 4004.




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