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FIELD NARROWS IN SINGING CONTEST (article first published : 2005-04-21)

Nine exciting young African singing talents have been chosen as the semi-finalists in the First Unisa Southern Africa Voice Competition sponsored by Vodacom, being held this week in Pretoria/Tshwane.

Among the list of names is Durban singer, Bronwen Forbay, who is now-studying at the Southern Methodist University (Dallas, USA). At the age of 27, she has already breezed through studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Manhattan School of Music (New York). Bronwen is the only KZN representative among the semi-finalists.

Mthobi Tyamzashe, Chief Communications Officer of the Vodacom Group, says: “The quality of singers going through to the semi-final rounds on Wednesday and Thursday bodes well for the final on Saturday, and we can expect an outstanding evening of musical entertainment.”

The semi-final round of the Vocal Solo Category will be held on April 20 and 21 at the Unisa Conference Hall, Unisa Sunnyside Campus, Pretoria. Tickets are available from the box office prior to the performances.

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

The objective of the competition is to give Southern Africa’s most promising singers the opportunity to gain experience locally and to perform with an orchestra, according to demanding international standards. The first and second prize winners in the Vocal Solo Category will be admitted automatically to compete in the 2006 international competition.

Prize money for the Vocal Solo category: first prize (opera) R30,000; first prize (concert) R30,000; second prize R20,000 and third prize R15,000.

Prize money for the Vocal Ensemble category: first prize (light music) R40,000; second prize R30,000; third prize R20,000 and fourth prize R15,000.

For more information, contact the Unisa Music Foundation, PO Box 392, UNISA 0003 or phone 012 429 3344/3336 or e-mail: musicomp@unisa.ac.za




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