LEPHALALE — Lephalale TVET College won the College, Sports, Arts and Culture South Africa (COSACSA) competition held in Makhado on 2 June. The competition consists of singing and sports activities.
Mogol Post visited the male and female Limpopo winners in the African and Western Categories on Monday 18 June. They were practicing a musical called A Leina La Morena Le Hudišwe, Sepedi for “Let the name of Jesus Christ be praised”.
The choir listened carefully to the instructions of their coach and conductor, Mr Khutšišo Mpyana and there was an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding each other’s role in the delivery of the musical.
“There needs to be relevance in the delivery of choral music. Sometimes the team is mentally exhausted when they are singing and it can be sensed when their interpretation of the song is wrong. It is important to understand the meaning of a song instead of just producing sounds,” Mpyana said.
He said when he joined the team in February 2018 he realised that the majority of them joined the choir to go on trips and other incentives that would personally benefit them.
“Initially when I joined the team I spent time teaching them how to read music and understand its language.
I had to work with their emotions and mind sets to ensure that the message of the songs are interrelated to them,” he said.
He furthermore emphasized the importance of discipline and that no structure can survive without it.
Mpyana, who last year won the same competition with Capricorn TVET College, said he is very proud of the Lephalale team’s achievement as most of the participants have not competed in such a challenge before.
His great work was applauded by Lephalale TVET College Principal Mr Lekau Mamabolo, who is the coordinator of the COSACSA activities in Limpopo.
“I am very excited that the time and capacity invested in these activities really paid off. We have asked a community member (Khutšišo Mpyana) who understands chorus music so well to assist and we remunerate him for his services. He has done a good job,” Mambolo concluded.
Lephalale TVET College choir will represent Limpopo and compete with other Provincial winners from 28-29 July in Rustenburg.