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MBABANE – Choral music lovers should brace themselves for an  exciting year in the industry as choirs have been told to gear up for a tighter competition in this year’s first choral music competition.

The choirs have been told to work hard this year as the Swaziland National Choral Music Association (SNCMA) intends to send more choirs to international competitions. This means their standard of judging will be even stricter as they expect a flawless, harmonious rendition each time a choir takes the stage.

Some of the international competitions in which Swaziland participates include the Old Mutual Choral Music Festival and the Melting Pot Festival.
The first competition is scheduled for April 30 and over 13 choirs are expected to participate.
Among the choirs that choral music lovers want to see competing are the Royal Swaziland Police, Sweet Sounds, His Majesty’s Correctional Services Choir, Manzini Choir and Mbabane Methodist Church Choir.

While expected to compete in the standard section are the Royal Swazi Spa, Sishayingoma Choristers, Giant Clothing and Florence Catholic Church Choir.  The choirs have been advised to start working hard as early as the year begins, so that by the time the competition starts, choristers are ready.

Jozana Maziya, SNCMA Chairperson said the whole idea was for them to try and improve the choral music industry and the choirs are expected to play a role in this.
“Most choirs start their rehearsals very late, which we do not encourage. For a choir to be ready, it has to start preparations on time as the choristers need enough time to rehearse the songs,” he said.

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