Sport, Arts and Culture
Affording school learners an opportunity to participate in school choir competitions does not only help to harness their musical talents but also teaches them to be sociable, disciplined, humble and focused in everything they do in life.
This is according to Monde Mdingi who is a Conductor for Fezeka Secondary School choir in Gugulethu in the Western Cape.
Mdingi spoke to Vuk’uzenzele after his choir won three categories at the 2018 ABC Motsepe School Choir Eisteddfod National Championships hosted by the Department of Basic Education and the Motsepe Foundation in Johannesburg recently.
His choir came first position in the mixed choirs category and small ensemble category. It also came second position in the National Anthem category.
“It took team work for our school to win this year. We did not only win because of the efforts made by our choir but because of the support we always get from teachers and the Principal to prepare the learners psychologically for the competitions,” he said.
“I also did a lot of research to ensure that we get everything right ahead of the competition and encouraged the choir to work as hard as they can,” said Mdingi.
Meanwhile, South Africa was excited to be the first in Africa to host the largest international choir competition in the world during the 10th World Choir Games 2018.
More than 16 000 participants from over 60 countries travelled to Tshwane for the highly anticipated choral music extravaganza, which ended on 14 July.