The inaugural Mapungubwe Choral Festival was held at the University of Limpopo with choirs across the province’s five districts competing. This festival is part of the Mapungubwe Arts and Culture Festivities that began last year.

MEC for Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nakedi Kekana announced on the 5th of December 2023 during the media launch of Mapungubwe Arts and Culture Festivities that the activities will take place until the end of the 2023/2024 financial year.

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MEC said that the purpose is solely to ensure that the whole province benefits in the sector of Sport, Arts and Culture. She further added that this is not for singers and artists in the entertainment industry but for the whole sector.

Soprano, alto, tenor and bass were the order of the day as choirs went on stage one after the other to showcase their singing talents and skills. All choirs had the opportunity to sing the Mapungubwe original song in their own tune. The hall was filled with ululations and harmonious gestures from music lovers.

Mapungubwe Choral Festival takes center stage at Turfloop
Mapungubwe Choral Festival crowd

CHORAL FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS REWARDED AT TURFLOOP

Meanwhile, the Head of the Department Daphne Ramokgopa handed over certificates as a token of appreciation to choir conductors after outstanding performances. She said the participating choirs will each receive an amount of R15 000 from the sponsor, Limpopo Arts and Culture Council also as a token of appreciation.

HOD Ramokgopa indicated that her department will start with the choral district build-up, which will culminate in the Choral Festival in September later this year.

MORE MAPUNGUBWE FESTIVITIES TO FOLLOW

29 February 2024 Mapungubwe Film and Video [Library Garden Polokwane],
02 March 2024 – Mapungubwe Marathon [Polokwane]. The marathon is also a comrade marathon qualifier,
02 March 2024 – Youth & Divas concert [Motodi stadium, Fetakgomo Tubatse], and
09 March 2024 – Rugby Cup [Old Peter Mokaba Stadium]