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MBABANE – Seemingly the SwaziBank Schools Choral Music Competition is here to open doors for some of the talented pupils.

Themba Mdlalose, a soloist from Therisian High School might see his dream of becoming a professional musician come true.
The form five pupil’s brilliant performance during the competition’s solo section has seen him being awarded an opportunity of attending auditions at the North West University in South Africa. Mdlalose who scooped the first position in the bass section during the competition held last Saturday is expected to attend auditions at the university between August 18 and August 25, 2018.

Should he sing successfully during the audition, he will be given a fulltime bursary at the university which will allow him to study music. For now, the value of the bursary has not been stated but the soloist has been given an assurance of the bursary that is if he excels during the auditions.

Mdlalose will be joined by three other pupils whose names will soon be handed over to the Swaziland National Schools Choral Music Association (SNSCMA). Mdlalose’s potential was identified during the solo competition where he scored 90 per cent in the bass section. Indentifying Mdlalose’s talent was Santaisa Viljoen who happened to be one of the four adjudicators on the day. Viljoen is a music lecturer at the university.

Buhlobo Nhlabatsi said, “Mdlaose would have to undergo auditions together with three others.”
Mdlaose added, “If they qualify, they will then be given a fulltime bursary at the university. This is exciting for us as it is happening for the first time.” He said he was still waiting for Viljoen to give him the three other names. “What was noted during the competition was that all the soloists had prepared themselves. They wanted to impress,” he said.
The Entertainment Desk made an attempt of getting Mdlalose’s comment but he could not be reached as his phone had been switched off.

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