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Choir festival to usher in holiday season

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MASERU — Twenty-six local choral groups will compete in the annual African Melody Festival set for the Manthabiseng National Convention Centre next Sunday.
Choral Music Federation of Lesotho public relations officer Mpiti Mopeli told Xpress People participants will battle it out in three categories, which carry significant prize money as well as floating trophies.
The best conductor from the three categories will also get a floating trophy and prize money. Last year, overall bronze category winners were Mathebe LEC while Lithabaneng LEC and Mohapeloa Singers reigned supreme in the silver and gold categories, respectively.
The idea behind the competition, according to Mopeli, is to improve choral music in the country, while encouraging locals to venture into that music genre. It is being sponsored by Standard Lesotho Bank and the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture to the tune of M89 500.
“People should expect interesting music; they will realise that choral music is really improving in Lesotho.”
The contestants are expected to sing two songs — one in Sesotho and another in English.
“For the English song, participants should also be playing piano. Judging from the quality of the participating groups, people are going to enjoy this competition,” he said.
The weekend contest will be the eighth edition of the competition and each group will receive     M2 000 “appearance fee”.

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