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Local team sing their way to fame

Sunday evenings will never be the same again. Local music enthusiasts were hooked to their TV screens as Team Mpumalanga earned their stripes, being among the top-four in the Clash of the Choirs.

Sunday evenings will never be the same again. Local music enthusiasts were hooked to their TV screens as Team Mpumalanga earned their stripes, being among the top-four in the Clash of the Choirs.

The contest has reached a critical point and there is no saying who will stay for the following episodes. With the theme “Local legends”, the choirs and their masters all upped their game, and made their way into the heart of the nation, which makes it all the more difficult.

One of the judges, Lindelani Mkhize was surprised when host, Bonang Matheba said he was the toughest judge. “You are very strict, you know exactly what you want. Tonight, is it going to be more easy or difficult?”

“This competition has become more difficult, especially on us, the judges.

It forces us to focus,” Lindelani responded. Another judge, Anele Mda wanted the choir masters to showcase their artistry, and thought it was a good theme to do just that.
Team Moneoa, which is Team Mpumalanga, brought out their inner felines for “Mbube” from Mahotela Queens, and boy, did they roar on stage!

They were hoping to claw their way out of the bottom-two spot. Rebecca was initially speechless, but managed to find her words. “You took us somewhere else, and we were all surprised. Well done, Moneoa, you are growing all the time.”

Lindelani said if the makers of The Lion King were to see it, they would steal the idea. “Everything was just perfect… the way you guys look, your costumes, what you’ve done on your faces. You actually gave us a show. You gave us a production. I wouldn’t mind bringing my kids to watch you guys doing this. You really told an African story in a beautiful, awesome way. I loved your presentation, thank you.”

Anele praised the presentation as well, and said it was taken to the best level it could have been. But she cautioned, “Please pay attention to the sound of your choir because while what you are doing is entertaining us, I’m worried that you guys are not becoming more harmonious, there is not gelling together. The sound of the choir has to come together a lot, lot more.”

Team Ziyon closed off with Sitimela’s “Where did we go wrong?”. Unfortunately for them, things seemed to have gone really wrong. “I don’t know if it is my ears,” Rebecca questioned.

Lindelani agreed, saying,”Something was not right. You are singing somewhere else, the band is playing somewhere else. I reserve my comment on this.”

Anele seemed to elaborate a bit more, echoing the other judges’ sentiments. “Coming off last week’s performance, like your debut album, after that, your debut album is always going to be amazing.

Ziyon, you know what I am talking about. And last week you guys really had the performance of the season. Now my issue with this performance, it sounded great and it was nice, it was entertaining, but the song itself is a serious song. Yours was very jolly, and disco-y.”

While Anele saved Team HHP, both Rebecca and Lindelani gave a clearly shocked Team Ziyon another chance.

Watch the show every Sunday at 17:30 on Mzansi Magic, dsTV Channel 161. See the rerun on Mondays at 18:30, also on Mzansi Magic.

As Mpumalangans, let’s cross our fingers that our team survives the axe this coming Sunday and enters the semi-final.

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