Traditional harmonies honoured at the 12th Caltex Isicathamiya High School Choir Competition

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Traditional harmonies honoured at the 12th Caltex Isicathamiya High School Choir Competition

May 05, 2012

Traditional harmonies honoured at the 12th Caltex Isicathamiya High School Choir Competition

05 May 2012, Durban: In its continued commitment to developing arts and culture in the communities it serves, Caltex the retail brand of Chevron, hosted the 12th Caltex Isicathamiya High School Choir Competition at the Durban Playhouse Opera Theatre last night. 

The theatre came alive as 10,000 learners from Kwa-Zulu Natal paid homage to the revered Zulu choral and dance tradition of Isicathamiya with their recitals. The judges had the difficult task of crowning the winners as all of the 60 participating schools had received coaching several months prior to the competition. Workshops were hosted at each of the schools by mentors such as Prof. Joseph Shabalala of the three time Grammy winning choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. 

Miranda Anthony, SI manager for Chevron SA says: “It is humbling to witness young people and communities come together to celebrate their cultural heritage in this way. This is the very reason that Chevron became involved in this initiative six years ago, to harness the human energy that is personified by communities and youth sharing, celebrating and thriving from this art form.”  

The high standard of performance has grown since the inception of the competition twelve years ago. A local school teacher and choir conductor felt that more needed to be done in order to get teenagers off the streets by encouraging them to help preserve this internationally acclaimed form of indigenous music. With support from successful musicians and several local radio stations secured, Caltex came on board as a sponsor for this annual celebration of local choral music, organised by the Durban Black Drifters. 

Competition Winners

1st Prize Winners:           

Sobantu High School from Pietermaritzburg: R10 000, trophy, CD & participating certificate 

2nd Prize Winners:          

Sikhethuxolo High School from Hammersdale: R3 000, trophy, CD & participating certificate 

3rd Prize Winners:           Hlahlindlela High School from Bothas Hill:R2 000, trophy, CD & participating certificate

10 Consolation Prize Winners of R400, miniature trophies, CD’s & participating certificates: 

4th:         Siqongweni High School: R400, miniature trophy, CD & participating certificate 

5th:         Kwamncane High School: R400, miniature trophy, CD & participating certificate 

6th:         Siyajabula High School: R400, miniature trophy, CD & participating certificate  

7th:         Diepkloof  High SchoolR400, miniature trophy, CD & participating certificate 

8th:         Khabazela High SchoolR400, miniature trophy, CD & participating certificate 

9th:         Zamazulu High SchoolR400, miniature trophy, CD & participating certificate  

10th:       John Dube High SchoolR400, miniature trophy, CD & part


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