South Africa’s biggest choral music competition Clash of the Choirs has just reached the halfway mark for auditions, with Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga’s teams now finalised.
This season saw a twist to the popular format where, for the first time, the seven choirmasters were not given their preferred regions, but rather made to draw their provinces from a hat. Musician Kelly Khumalo drew Gauteng, music superstar Busiswa Gqulu got Kwazulu Natal, and traditional music legend Penny Penny drew his home region of Polokwane, while producer and performer JR took Mpumalanga.
Mzansi Magic’s Head of Reality, Sphumelele Sibeko commented on the season thus far: “We have seen a great wealth of talent at each region so we are clearly set for an entertaining, highly competitive season. There’s no doubt the remaining three provinces will live up to the high standard set, so please bring your best this weekend.”
In the final round of auditions taking place in Cape Town, East London and Bloemfontein this weekend, it will be revealed which provinces rapper iFani, house musician Bucie Nqwiliso and gospel sensation Sfiso Ncwane will represent.
The Cape Town auditions take place on Saturday, 3 October at Belmont Square in Rondebosch, in East London at the Fort Hare Audiovisual Centre, and at Bloemfontein’s Eunice High School, promptly from 8am. Members of the public are urged to get to the venues early on Saturday as there will be a 4pm queue cut off. Participants may audition as a group or as an individual and should prepare more than one song as choirmasters may require diversity. All contestants are required to bring IDs to the auditions.