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Village Harmony Cape Town Choir Festival ’17

September 24, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Financed by Village Harmony and its supporters and organized by Cape Town composer/director Bongani Magatyana, the annual festival provides an essential new venue outside of the pervasive competition choir scene and will offer financial incentives for black South African composers to write new “traditional” songs for choirs. Bongani is hoping that a successful first festival will attract local private and government funding for future years.

Ten Cape Town high school, university and church choirs have been invited to participate. Each ensemble will prepare a set of older folk songs and will be given funds to commission new songs composed in the traditional choral folk style, which they will also perform at the festival. The choristers will receive free transportation to and from the festival and free meals, and the choir organizations will receive honorariums for their participation.

Village Harmony directors Larry Gordon, Patty Cuyler and Mollie Stone will arrive in Cape Town a week in advance to rehearse a special world music ensemble with three singers chosen from each of the participating choirs. The ensemble will be featured at the festival concert.


September 24, 2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Bongani Magatyana


JL Zwane Centre
8 Zamile Close, Gugulethu Township
Cape Town, 7750 South Africa
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