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Chitungziwa Harmony Singers invited for major US festival, appeal for sponsorship
17/09/2015 00:00:00
by Robert Tapfumaneyi

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed choral group Chitungwiza Harmony Singers are expected to fly the country’s flag high at the Tenth International Choral Festival July 2016 in Missoula, Montana USA after the organisers extended an invite to the group.

The choir has previously participated at other fiestas such as the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

The 60 member group, fresh from conquering nine Southern Africa choirs last month where they won the South Africa Old Mutual Choral competition for the fifth time, has since accepted the invitation and looking forward to perform at the non-competitive showcase event.

International Choral Festival Artist Director David Heidel said the event’s mission is to foster goodwill and to promote universal understanding through choral music.

“Every three years, select world-class choirs are invited from around the globe to the beautiful mountain town of Missoula to share in public concerts, social activities and sightseeing opportunities,” reads part of the invitation letter.

“International choirs are housed in pairs with local host families and the host families will transport the choirs to the concert venues and social events during Festival week and also provide them with all breakfasts, most lunches and dinners.”

Chitungwiza Harmony Singers are expected to perform four to five times for twenty to thirty minutes and in variety of venues around Missoula during the Festival week.

International giants ... Chitungwiza Harmony Singers

A total of about 25,000 people from around the United States are expected to attend the various concerts during event.

But the choir must finance their travel to and from Missoula as well as visa costs as but 90% of the choir are not in formal employment and therefore are appealing for help in cash donations.

“Every little counts, and donations can be large or small, a one off sum or a monthly commitment to help, or you can invite the choir to perform, for a “fee”, at a function, or purchase some of the promotional material they have generated,” said Sheila Kahuni Choir Manager .

She also told Newzimbabwe.com that by attending this festival the elite choir will benefit immensely in the area of cultural exchange and exposure, learn new choral genres and trends.


“We promise the people of Zimbabwe and USA excellent performances as we are going to be the country’s ambassadors with regards to choral music and marketing the country as well,” she added.

Harmony singers were formed in 1993 by the late Israel Dzangare and sings in French, German, Latin, Shona, Xhosa and Zulu.


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