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Bigger, better choir fest lined up

Pascalinah Kabi

MASERU — The Choral Music Federation of Lesotho (CMFL) has promised a better and different African Melody Festival next month.
The annual festival is scheduled for December 6 at the ‘Manthabiseng Convention Centre in Maseru.
According to the federation, “this year’s festival is different, bigger, better and has lots of prizes”.
CMFL deputy president Rethabile Nkuoatsana said this year’s festival was different due to some important changes.
“This time, the festival includes more choirs and has taken a different note altogether,” he said.
The number of participating choirs has increased from 21 to 30.
“It has taken a different note because, unlike in the past, we’ve decided to give winning choirs prizes that include a melody horn, music stand and metronome.”
This year, winners of the bronze, silver and gold categories are each set to receive a music instrument and more prize money.
The battle for top honours has been thrown wide open as defending champions, Mohapeloa Singers, have been ruled out of this year’s festival, reportedly after refusing to attend auditions in September.
Nkuoatsana confirmed the developments with Xpress People.
“Mohapeloa Singers are not going to take part because we decided to exclude them after the group refused to go for auditions.”
The festival will be running for the eighth year, since its inauguration in 2001.

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