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UNISA SA VOICE COMPETITION (article first published : 2005-04-19)

Twelve groups of promising young Southern African singers will weave their melodies around audience and jury when they compete in the Vocal Ensemble category of the First Unisa Southern Africa Voice Competition in mid-April.

The competition is sponsored by Vodacom and will feature singers from South Africa and as far afield as Zambia and Namibia in the Vocal Ensemble category.

The competition also features a separate Vocal Solo category, which will include works from the opera and lieder genres.

The groups taking part in Vocal Ensemble include Black Light Ensemble from Johannesburg, Palis from Lusaka, Zambia, Boulevard Harmoniste from Potchefstroom, Ditshego from Soshanguve, Pretoria, Voyse Ensemble from Florida, and Young Voices from Windhoek, Namibia.

In the first round, the groups will be required to sing one gospel or religious song; one item by any composer outside Africa in any period or style; and one folksong from the home country of the singers. The second round will hear them providing two further folk songs, as well as a piece from the Baroque, Classical or Romantic eras, and a song of lighter character chosen from a musical, show or cabaret.

Mthobi Tyamzashe, Chief Communications Officer, Vodacom Group, says: “The wide range of music that will be performed by the groups in the Vocal Ensemble category will truly reflect their versatility and promises to provide an enjoyable experience for the audience.”

The competition is aimed at boosting the development of young singers from Southern Africa, and is open to singers between 16 and 35 years old. The groups will be vying for first prize of R40,000, second prize of R30,000, R20,000 for third prize and R15,000 for fourth prize.

The final of the Vocal Ensemble category will be held on April 22. Vocal Ensemble rounds and final will be held at the Unisa Conference Hall, Sunnyside Campus, Pretoria.

The final of the other category, Vocal Solo, will be held on April 23 at the ZK Matthews Hall, Unisa Main Campus, Pretoria. Tickets for this performance are available at Computicket.

Entrance for the first two rounds is free. For the final round of the Vocal Ensemble category, on April 22, tickets will be available at the box office one hour prior to the start of the event. Moe information from Ruth Coggin on 011 487 0026 or 082 903 5819 or John Roos on 012 429 3344 or 082 258 9871.




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