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Top ten wowing the judges

The semi-finalists of both the Jazz and the Classical categories of the Unisa National Voice Competition have been announced.

Nombuso Ndlandla with pianist Eugene Joubert

Soprano Caroline Nkwe with pianist Annalien Ball

Through to the penultimate round of the Jazz Category of the Unisa National Voice Competition are Daniëlla Hart (24), Lesego Mokgatle (26), Kwena Ramahuta (29) and Tshepo Tshabalala (26). They will compete on Thursday 13 July at 14:00 in the ZK Matthews Great Hall on the Unisa Muckleneuk Campus.

This group features the first jazz vocalists who passed through to the next round of a Unisa Music Competition. The audience enjoyed not only a wide variety of some of the most popular songs from the traditional jazz repertoire, but also a selection of South African compositions.

The competition continues on 12 July at 11:00 with the third round of the Classical Category. Six sopranos were chosen to go through to the semi-final round of the Classical Category of the Unisa National Voice Competition at Unisa.

They are Frances du Plessis (23), Leah Gunter (26), Palesa Malieloa (25), Nombuso Ndlandla (24), Caroline Nkwe (30) and Cecilia Rangwanasha (23).

Tshepo Tshabalala & Eaton Clapper on piano

The audience were treated to a wide variety of some of the most difficult but also popular arias in the classical vocal repertoire.

Tickets for the semi-final round are sold at the door and cost R70 for adults and R50 for students and pensioners.

The competition is being made possible by a grant from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and additional support from Unisa.

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

*By Alet Venter

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