Choirs from Botswana and the North West Province of South Africa thrilled patrons at Boipuso Hall in the prestigious 39th Old Mutual Choir Festival at the weekend. This was the first time that the Old Mutual Choir Festival hosted the regional competition in Botswana, primarily to celebrate the Golden Jubilee. The festival saw 10 choirs competing in Western song and African song. The indigenous category saw only local choirs competing. Gaborone Youth Singers became the overall winners of the festival and will represent Botswana in the finals set for South Africa – a first for a local choir. The choir astonished the audience with their indigenous piece where they incredibly danced Hosana.
The competing choirs from Botswana were KTM Choir, Gaborone Youth Singers, Andante Chorus, Maikano Serenaders, BTU Choristers and Gaborone Philharmonic Voices and Matlosane Melodies, Lesetlheng URC Choir and Mompati Arts Choirs from South Africa. The North West University Choir was the only choir that represented Large Section from Mafikeng Campus and they scored very high marks even though they did not have competition. The choir festival is an international event that is formed to promote choral music and it comprises of ten regions with nine regions from South Africa, Botswana being in the North West region while Zimbabwe is an independent region.
Event coordinator Killer Modiba of EG Entertainment hailed the festival a success, with guests sitting through the whole-day. Advocate Kgosi Monaisa expressed excitement about the event, saying Botswana has tremendously grown in choral music. “Once you get yourself in numbers we will get around the table and talk something about Botswana,” he said. Monaisa said that it was very clear from the great time that they had that indeed Botswana is a United and Proud nation.