The South African State Theatre Youth Choir officially launched their choir last week. They had an hour set show with nothing but the best music and sound South Africa has to offer.
With a combination of acappella and instrumental deliveries, the choir took the audience on one beautiful musical journey. Their variation of sound, taking on international, African and local sound was beautifully executed and they left the audience with no option but to get on their feet and sing and dance along with them.
The choir took on the South African National Anthem first to open up the night and they went on to take on a variation of songs and genres, this included Gospel, African Jazz, Ladysmith Black Mmabazo’s sound and a Swahili song to show diversity.
The show on Thursday was more casual with the audience being friends, family and fans of the choir members who came to experience and enjoy the hard work the choir has been putting to the music. Friday night was a more formal night with the Chief Executive Officer of SAST present and some members of the Council. Both the audiences from Thursday and Friday had great feedback and truly enjoyed the show.
Bonolo Maybe was one of many who attended the show.
“I really enjoyed my time watching the choir and after watching the show I can proudly say I am a fan of the choir and I am their number [one] supporter,” Mabye said.
The choir consists of young people who resides around Pretoria but originating from all over South Africa. They range from ages 18-30. The choir was formed last year September after auditions were held at the State Theatre.
The choir consists of 24 talented members and their musical director is Mandla Ntlaks who is doing a phenomenal job.
After the show Ntlaks was proud of the choir also considering that the choir has only been together for almost 6 months now. “This is the beginning of greater things to come for the choir,” Ntlaks said.
Zandile Mawane, Project Coordinator at the State Theatre and one of the brains behind the choir was in tears after the show. She was very proud of the choir and she made a promise that the choir and the people would carry forever.
“I will continue on doing my best in making sure that you are recognized in South Africa and internationally,” she said to the choir.
With the launch out of the way, the choir promises to continue on giving their best and ensuring good music and sound to South Africans and the whole world. Watch the space because SAST Youth Choir is born.
Image by Sanmari Marias