Front row: Head boy, Goitsemang Mahlangu and head girl, Lerato Ramaijane
Back row: Deputy head boy Lowveld: Unathi Sedibe (showing off his acting skills), Deputy head boy Highveld, Welcome Nkosi, deputy head girl Highveld, Thami Kolerni and Vida Strydom. (Photo supplied.)
The Mpumalanga Youth Choir (MPYC) hosted their annual initiation and auditions at the end of last month. Hopeful youths from across the province not only exercised their voices, but their bodies were put through a rigorous obstacle course.
Choir master and director, André Oosthuizen and his team eventually whittled down hundreds of hopeful teens to the best candidates. Eventually 150would be selected for the 2020 choir. These would represent South Africa at the World Choir Games in Belgium.
Rehearsals are held on a weekly basis in Mpumalanga. The newbies have big shoes to fill as the previous choirs (since 1981) had won numerous awards.
According to choir organiser, Jeanne Lourens, big plans were afoot and she requested the community to support these talented young people. Who knows? It may be Mpumalanga’s answer to Limpopo’s Ndlovu choir’s America’s Got Talent success.
Lerato Maime and Danika van Deventer survived the obstacle course