MASERU — Serumula Performing Arts Academy on Sunday walked away M6 000 richer after finishing third at the National Choir Festival Free State Eliminations standard category in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
They also won a trophy. Central University of Technology and Ben Macarto, both from South Africa, grabbed the first and second positions.
“We brought home a trophy and M6 000 in prize money,” Mpiti Mopeli of Serumula told XpressPeople. “We may not have won the first position but we have grown drastically,” he said. Serumula competed against eight choirs in the standard category. The competition was the elimination contest towards the Old Mutual National Festival Finals to take place in Durban later this year. “Last year we were in fifth position, clearly there is a major improvement,” he said.
Mopeli added: “We thought we were ready to scoop the first position but the two choirs clearly had prepared far harder than us, but then again they are at advantage because they have huge resources.” “We only do music as a hobby and the mere fact that we made it to the top three means Serumula has made history in the local choral sector.”
The win, he said, has created hype for the choir because we are celebrating our fifth anniversary this year and this is one of our milestones as a choir. Maseru City Choral also represented Lesotho in the large category but came fourth.
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