Dutch choir Kuzola expressed their joy of being in South Africa by sharing their music with audiences around Khayelitsha.
The choir, which arrived in the country on Sunday February 24, are on a mission to learn more about South African music, especially from the townships.
On Wednesday February 28, they thrilled audiences at the White House Hall, in Ilitha Park, Khayelitsha.
They took to the stage with established groups including Khayelitsha Black Mambazo, Sinovuyo and Masibathande senior clubs’ choirs and Save Us All Youth Choir.
Singers from both countries taught each other songs, interacted and shared a meal before performing together. Having an indigenous musical experience was high on the Dutch choir’s agenda and their mission was accomplished.
They learnt how to communicate in Xhosa, connect with the audience and get the best sound out of their voices.
The choir’s founding member, Clary de Reus, was ecstatic to be in the country and experience the culture. She said Kuzola was not only here to sing but to get involved in some charity work too before going back home.
“We have learned a lot and we have experienced a lot. We will go to Hermanus and other areas in the Overberg area. We will also build a school in one of the areas. We will take the experience and hospitality of South Africans back home when we leave,” she said.
Save Us All Youth Choir founder, Andisiwe Gaqo, was excited to have introduced Kuzola to the country. She said their partnership started way back in 2010 when she was in Holland.“I was outside the theatre and I heard them singing, then I joined them. We exchanged numbers and the rest is history. We communicated and met when there was time. We call each other one blood. I am happy they are here, learning more about our cultures and music. They have visited many of our choirs and they are impressed,” she told Vukani.
Another member who had a chance to see the choir, Thembi Gecelo of Masibathande Senior Citizens In Action Club, said it was a great opportunity to build relationships with other countries.
She said the choir is an example of what this democracy needs.
Ms Gecelo called on white South Africans to do to same. “It is strange that we still have white South Africans who think that townships are no-go areas while people from abroad come, stay, sleep and do their things right here.
“This choir is an example of good people who care about other people,” she said.
Kuzola amazed the seniors when they performed revolutionary songs.