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South Africans dominate with top-notch singing

The finalists of the Jazz Category of the Unisa International Voice Competition are Cynthia Abraham (France), Ellie Bignall (UK) and Tshepo Tshabalala (SA). They will compete on 2 February 2018 at 19:00 in the ZK Matthews Great Hall.

Jazz finalists Cynthia Abraham, Tshepo Tshabalala, and Ellie Bignall

Three of South Africa’s best jazz musicians will join them on stage: pianist Melvin Peters from Durban, drummer Kevin Gibson from Cape Town, and local bassist Marc Duby.

Tshepo Tshabalala won the Unisa National Voice Competition in 2017 and it is a feather in SA’s cap that the panel of international adjudicators voted him through to the final round.

The finalists will each perform a programme of about 30 minutes consisting of their own selection of songs. The vocalists differ greatly and the evening promises to be greatly entertaining.

Classical finalists Thembinkosi Magagula, Palesa Malieloa, and Cecilia Rangwanasha

The finalists of the Classical Category are the South African sopranos Thembinkosi Magagula, Palesa Malieloa, and Cecilia Rangwanasha. They will compete on 3 February at 19:00 in the ZK Matthews Great Hall.

They will perform with the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra conducted by Vito Clemente from Italy.

The finalists will each perform a programme of about 30 minutes consisting of their own selection of arias. Their programmes include some of the most exquisite music written for voice, such as Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Pie Jesu from Fauré’s Requiem, Ebben? Ne andrò lontana from Catalani’s La Wally, and Summertime from Porgy and Bess by Gershwin.

The first prize in each category is R200 000, the second prize is R130 000 and the third prize R80 000. The prize-giving ceremony will take place on Saturday after the final round of the Classical Category.

Tickets for the final round are sold at Computicket.

Contact Alet Venter (joubeae@unisa.ac.za or 012 429 3336) for more information.

*By Alet Venter