The Twin Rivers Primary School Choir will perform alongside Oliver Mtukudzi as part of a fundraiser in Harare early next month. The choir is raising funds in order to accept the invitation from the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir to perform at the Music in the Mountains Festival in South Africa in April, 2017.
The choir were invited to perform after coming out tops last term at the 2016 Harare annual Choir of the Year competition, beating out competitors Avondale, Barwick, Eaglesvale, Hellenic, Heritage, and Highlands Primary schools.
“We are ecstatic to have received an invitation for the prestigious Choirs Extravaganza concert in South Africa”, said Hans Christen, the schools’ Headmaster Designate. Christen went on to say that it was an honour to be invited and an even bigger honour for the school to share the stage with one of Zimbabwe’s greatest music icons in Drakensberg.
The Drakensberg Boys Choir School was founded in 1967. It has presented its choral programmes internationally, including in North America, the Far East, across the continent of Africa as well as in Europe.
Oliver Mutukudzi or ‘Tuku,’ visited Twin Rivers at the beginning of this school term and was introduced to the choir. After listening to their rendition of his iconic song, Todii he afterwards quipped, “They sing it better than I do!” From there, the idea for a collaborative concert with Tuku and the Twin Rivers Choir was born.
If their fundraising efforts are successful, the choir will perform a selection of Tuku’s songs such as Todii and Neria in Drakensburg next year where accommodation for the week has already been sold out. The iconic musician has agreed to travel with the choir to the festival and to perform with the choir onstage.
A positive spin-off of the Drakensburg tour is that the Twin Rivers music staff will have the opportunity to take part in workshops and to study the methods used by the Drakensburg choral conductor, Bernard Kruger. Oliver Mtukudzi, in his capacity as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa, insisted that all proceeds from the December concert go towards the Twin Rivers Choir tour, with the understanding that the knowledge gained by the Twin Rivers music staff will filter through to the music staff at other schools.
Image: Twin Rivers Primary School Choir.
Image Credit: Twin Rivers School.