Delta Soetstemme with the Zolani Youth Choir

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Delta Soetstemme with the Zolani Youth Choir
Delta Soetstemme with the Zolani Youth Choirss

On Saturday 25 July, with generous support by Concerts SA, Dassierock brings the Delta Soetstemme to Montagu for a day of cultural and musical exchange.

It will start with a late-morning workshop at the KWV Binnehof, and end in a late-afternoon concert at the Montagu Museum.

The Delta Soetstemme will be joined for this event by the Zolani Youth Choir.

Over the last decade or so Franschoek wine farm, Solms Delta’s unique empowerment programme has turned it into one of country’s most progressive wine estates, where the workers’ trust now has a 33% equity stake. There is also a parallel trust creating projects in education, cultural heritage, social upliftment, sport and recreation.

This has spawned several musical ensembles including the Delta Langbroeke, a brass band, and the Delta Soetstemme, an exciting 20-piece choir ensemble, which has acquired a reputation for really getting people’s feet tapping! They are now coming to Montagu to perform their mixture of traditional songs and “koortjies”, including some new songs written in Cape vernacular styles by choir members and tutors, and will be backed by a 4-piece band of illustrious Solms Delta tutors led by Adriaan Brand on accordion & trumpet, and includes Nick Turner on guitar, Leonore Bredekamp on bass, and Carlo Fabe on drums.

We will also be entertained by the Langeberg region’s own Zolani Youth Choir — created in 2012 by the formidable Odwa Mvunge, who was born here in Zolani township, schooled in the Eastern Cape, and returned to Ashton as a school teacher, after completing a Music Diploma (Vocal training) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Inspired by his experience with the NMMU choir, with whom he travelled internationally, he founded Zolani Youth Choir with the specific purpose of educating youngsters in the performing arts and to demonstrate to them and the local community the value of dedication, so finding your self-worth. This choir performs electrifying South African sounds, with a distinctly African perspective, including hymns, freedom songs, traditional and popular music.

There will be a free workshop at 11h00 on Saturday morning at the KWV Binnehof, where each choir will present a song, local choirs and singers will be invited to join in and learn the songs.

Concerts SA a joint South African / Norwegian project housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation
Concerts SA a joint South African / Norwegian project housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation

The concert starts at 16h00, tickets are R100 which includes a complimentary muscadel, and R20 for children.

For a taste of the Soetstemme, visit: https://vimeo.com/89487482

And the Zolani Youth choir: https://www.facebook.com/radfoundation/videos/945742475438329/

For bookings, call 023 614 1511 during business hours, or e-mail kwvartgallery@gmail.com  or get them at the Art Gallery (at the KWV Binnehof).

Brought to Montagu by Dassierock Concerts: https://www.facebook.com/dassierock

For more info on Concerts SA , visit: www.facebook.com/ConcertsSA  // http://www.concertssa.co.za

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