- The Limpopo Department of
Education together with Motsepe Foundation hosted the ABC Motsepe South African
Schools Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE) for 107 public primary and secondary schools
from ten (10) Education Districts at Bolivia Lodge, Polokwane.
The competition remains one of the
most important school enrichment programs coordinated by the Limpopo Department
of Education at the provincial level to promote unity in diversity, national
reconciliation, positive values, social transformation and social cohesion
among school going young South African children.
The choral competitions were last
held in 2019 and returns after a long break caused by the Covid-19 pandemic to
inspire learner choirs across the province by expressing themselves through
The competitions serve as one of the
most significant cultural events on the department’s annual school calendar.
The aim of the competition is to enhance the musical capacities of South
African learners through on-stage musical performance.
Each year the Eisteddfod draws in
thousands of learners from across the country to compete in this impressive
event with more than 50 secondary and 40 primary schools participating with 60
members per choir and total over 3,500 participants. The ABC Motsepe SASCE
Eisteddfod has opened many doors for acclaimed international artists such as
Pretty Yende, Phumeza Matshikiza, Given Nkosi and Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi.
Every song from the beginning of the
competitions was expected to be sang by 10 choirs.
the days the competitions consisted of 22 categories namely:
- Own Choice (Special Schools Grade 5-7 and Grade 8-12).
- Boys Choir (From a Distance by Julie Gold and You’ll Never Walk Alone by
R. Rodgers and O Hammerstein II).
- Western (Didn’t My Lord by H.T Burleigh and Glorious by Stephanie
- African (Estezi by Thobile Mthiyane and Tshegang by Joe S.P. Motuba).
- Mixed Double Quartet (Leeba by J.P Mohapeloa - Farm Schools: Grade
- Primary and Secondary Folklore.
- Solo Soprano (Heimwee by S Marais and J Van Bruggen).
- Solo Mezzo- Soprano (Che Scompiglio by W>A Mozart).
- Solo Tenor (Izigodi Ziyoleelezeiwa Text by Sam Shabalala).
- Solo Bass/ Baritone (Come Paride Vezzoso by G Donizetti).
- Trio (Most Beautiful Appear by F.J Hadyn).
- Quintet (Kuwe Mthombo We Ngoma by Ntuthuko.G SIBISI).
- Females (Flower duet by Leo Delibes and Veins Malika by Leo Delibes).
- Males (Umsunduzi River by Ntuthuko G Sibisi).
- Secondary B SATB Western (Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates- The Messiah by
- Secondary A SATB Western (Quando Corpus Moritetur by F.J Haydn).
- Secondary B SATB African (Halala SASCE by Tom Sitshothwana).
- Secondary A SATB African (Nelson
Mandela by Lihle Biata).
Congratulations to the winners, who
will now proceed to represent Limpopo at the national competition from 28 June
- 1 July 2022.
Story by Tshegofatso