One Harmony Choir festival unites musical talent from the continent

2013-09-06

Choirs from 12 African countries will compete for the top honours in the 9th annual One Harmony Choir Festival at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre on Saturday. The event will be hosted by renowned musician and producer Zwai Bala and will feature performances from the likes of Dr Victor.

This year marks a significant step forward for the festival as choirs from each of the countries in which Barclays Africa operates will be represented for the first time. Choirs from Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner, the Choral group Mosi-oa-Tunya from Barclays Bank Zambia.

Bobby Malabie, Group Executive responsible for Marketing, Communications, Citizenship and Public Affairs at Barclays Africa Group, says: “The choir festival is a highlight in our social calendar, particularly as we accelerate our One Africa strategy with the aim of becoming the ‘Go-To’ Bank in Africa.” Malabie is a member of the judging panel that includes well-known musicians Concord Nkabinde, Malawian Wambali, Victor Masondo and Alta van As.

“This competition recognises the commitment, sacrifice and hard work of all the choir members who practiced relentlessly, outside of normal working hours. The festival is one way of expressing our unique African identity, where our colleagues bring to the fore their creative interpretation of what it is to be part of a pan-African business that is rich in diversity and cultures,” adds Malabie.

Doors open at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre at 14:30 on Saturday. The festival starts at 15:00