A warm welcome to a new country!
Zimbabwe joins the international choral community of INTERKULTUR for the first time
The list of participating choirs registering for the World Choir Games 2018 in Tshwane, South Africa, increases almost daily. Organizing the WCG on the African continent for the first time gives many choirs that could never afford to travel to far away countries the unique opportunity to join this largest choral competition in the world.
Thus, amongst many well-known groups, especially new choirs from countries that have never participated in the World Choir Games before stand out. Note2etoN from Harare in Zimbabwe is one of these ensembles. This community choir was born in 2016 – out of an idea between two friends who wanted to try out if amateur singers could be taught choral music up to an advanced performance level within a period of 8 weeks.
At that time the only choral groups in Harare were mass or gospel choirs mainly singing in their places of worship, performing classical pieces of music such as Messiah or singing at the Old Mutual National Choral Festival. Thus Note2etoN was dedicated to create a fresh new input for the Zimbabwean choral community.
The founders Sabelo Nyoni-Maswaure and Kuda Nyemba recruited friends who sang in church choirs and former high school choirs in January 2016 to join this unique experiment. With 17 members Note2etoN embarked on its first project Ndikhokhele Bawo arranged by Tuks Camerata’s Michael Barrett, at the NIAA Eisteddfod and surprisingly they achieved the Rotary Trophy for a Traditional and Contemporary African performance and in 2017 they won the NIAA A Cappella Choir Cup at the same event.
For 2018 the choir is set to improve its choral skills and is looking forward to singing alongside with top choirs from all over the world who join the World Choir Games 2018 in Tshwane, South Africa. Enjoy the choir live and get more information here.