Chitungwiza Harmony Singers win SA competition

HARARE - Chitungwiza Harmony Singers (CHS) choir won the regional finals of the Old Mutual Choir Festival held in Limpopo, South Africa last week.

The victory at the regional finals was the fifth for the decorated choir.

The Chitungwiza choir won the choral competition in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2011.

CHS marketing manager Peter Thole confirmed the victory in an interview with the Daily News.

“We won first prize in both the African and Western pieces after singing Waza Wamuhle and Light as air in the morning respectively. It was surprising for us to win the African piece because we sang a Xhosa song and beat South African choirs taking into consideration that one of their indigenous languages is Xhosa,” he said.

Thole said, the choir whose main sponsor is Old Mutual Zimbabwe, first qualified for the regional competitions in 1996 and have been participating since then.

He added that the 60-member group, which comprises employed and unemployed people as well as school children, was now preparing for the national championships to be held in Bloemfontein, South Africa in December.

“We are very optimistic about the December finals and hope to bring back the trophy. We have now increased our practise time in order to improve our competitiveness,” Thole said.

Choirs present at this year’s regional competition included Limpopo Saps, UL Choristers, Bjatiadi Chorale, Bulawayo Choristers, Dosa Chorale, Capricon Chorus, Victory Chorale, Heavenly Praises Chorus and CHS.

CHS choir, which can sing in 11 different languages, including Shona, Latin, German, French, Xhosa and Zulu, has represented Zimbabwe in many international competitions and events.

They also participated at South Africa’s celebrations to mark its first decade as an independent nation, the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and the 2013 International Choral Festival in the United States of America.

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