Unity through choral music

LEPHALALE — Victorious choir conductor, Khutšišo Mpyana, is willing to share his musical skill and knowledge to the locals.

Mpyana leading Lephalale TVET College Choir

Mpyana is the music director and one of the brains behind Lephalale Exalted Musicians, a group with a slogan: “In music we believe.”

“Our immediate vision is to have the strongest community choral choir in Limpopo and ultimately in the country.

“This should consist of young, vibrant, dedicated and talented people of Lephalale and surrounding areas, which will compete in all the major competitions in South Africa,” he said.

Lephalale Exalted Musicians (LEXMU) intends to run as a non-profit organisation that will lead and implement youth development programmes including life coaching, career guidance as well as vocal and instrument coaching.

He added: “We also want to produce community leaders and role models who will be hands on within their communities. The idea is to further help schools in Lephalale that are affiliates of the South African Schools Choir Eisteddfod to perform better.

“There is also a need to encourage and assist the youth to pursue post-school education as well as training.”

Lephalale has seen its biggest influx in population in recent years due to construction and other economic opportunities. Influxes like these are usually accompanied by destructive elements like substance abuse and crime. Despite these challenges Mpyana says LEXMU wants to assist in shaping the youth of Lephalale through organising and implementing community outreach programmes.

He says choral music is one of the tools they will use to help schools affiliate to be able to compete in various choral competitions.

“Through this our aim is to conquer the province, the country and to further grow the Lephalale brand,” he said.

As a conductor, Mpyana has led Lephalale TVET College this year to win the Provincial College, Sports, Arts and Culture South Africa (COSACSA) competition which was held in Makhado.

The college went further to represent Limpopo Province in the national competition held at Rustenburg, where they obtained third place.

LEXMU will conduct auditions in January 2019 and encourages everyone who wants to participate in the auditions to enquire with the chairperson Kgaugelo Ngoepe on WhatsApp at 083 683 7961.

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