By Sizwe Dlamini | 2017-12-08
IMPRESSIVE Jericho choir ‘6 to 6’ of Nkomazi infused choral music with traditional dance to beat 11 Zionists choirs and win the inaugural Gong’s transport choir competition. 6 to6 was the sole Jericho choir participating at the competition, that was dominated by 11 talented Zionist choirs. 6 to 6 walked away with the first prize trophy and the E1 000 cash prize. The choral competition which is the brainchild of the Pigg’s Peak Crime Prevention Unit (CPU), was held at Nkomazi, inside a packed St Amideus Catholic Primary school hall on Saturday.
Present at the day-long competition were the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade Jabulani ‘Buy Cash’ Mabuza, Pigg’s Peak Indvuna Muzi Phiri, Pigg’s Peak station commander Webster Methula, Pigg’s Peak anti crime unit’s constable Thulani Gwebu, who also doubled as the Master of Ceremonies, as well as 12 choirs and their supporters. During the competition, each of the choral teams were given 10 minutes to impress the judges. The choral teams were judged in a sub --divided points system in different categories like best dressed, most creative, most consistent, best vocals, best interaction with the crowd as well as best entry and best exit from the performance stage.
Speaking during the awarding phase of the competition, one of the judges Pastor Mbongiseni Nkonyane from Matsapha, said the reason 6to6 won the competition was because they showed unparalleled creativity during their performance. “6 to 6 won the competition because they were creative, we saw them infusing traditional dance Sibhaca with their singing and this excited the already jovial crowd. another thing that made 6to6 the best on the day was that they had three different songs led by three different vocalists and this showed the choir’s rich diversity of talent. also the songs that 6to6 performed were telling a continuous story, all of these aspects made 6 to 6 the winners,” he said.
Second prize of a trophy and E750 cash went to the shy Zionist choral team Le Jordan, who also managed to perform three different songs, all with various lead vocalists. The third prize trophy and cash amounting to E500 went to Zionist choral team Believers in Christ. All the participating teams were further awarded prize money of E200 each, supplemented with any fabric of the team’s choice.
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