Quava Vocal Group brings Azania Mosaka to tears on 702

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Quava Vocal Group shared the magic of the World Choir Games on the 702 Unplugged session, a popular feature of The Azania Mosaka Show.

Azania Mosaka was brought to tears in the latest edition of the 702 Unplugged session on her show. The Quava Local Group, a chamber choir from Johannesburg, was the musical guest representing the World Choir Games.

The group sang three songs, the last of which was Thina Sizwe, an isiZulu acapella song rooted in Apartheid-era politics. It is a struggle song and was arranged by Thabo Matshego, a member of Quava.

This was the song that brought the host to tears.

"Whoo. I'm in tears. I'm in absolute tears. That was so, that was incredible and you had to end it on that exclamation that incredible powerfully moving song. Thank you so much," Azania said, after the final song.

Nine years after it was formed, the World Choir Games in Tshwane will be the choir's first international competition. Its conductor, Sabelo Mthembu, said when it was formed there were only five or six members who came together for the love of choral music because they could not find a home elsewhere. Today, there are 25 to 30 members and they will compete in the mixed chamber choir category as well as the jazz category in the open competition.

Ali Mpofu from the African Cultural Development Foundation, Jelena Dannhauer from INTERKULTUR and Renette Bouwer from the University of Johannesburg Choir were also guests on the show.

South Africa will be the first African host nation as the World Choir Games celebrates its 10th edition.

"We as South Africans are very very proud that for the first time in the history of the World Choir Games that on its 10th anniversary and as well as we're celebrating our heroes, the legends, like the centenary of Nelson Mandela that we are to celebrate this magnificent event on our soil," Mpofu said.

Bouwer, who has adjudicated the games three times, said South Africa had a wealth of musical knowledge and unique music. She said her choir would be competing in the western music category and in the folk music acapella category.

Not only is South Africa the host nation, it is also home to the highest ranking choir in the world; the Stellenbosch University Choir lead by Andre van der Merwe who is part of the artistic committee this year.

"And that's what actually makes it exciting. The international choirs are so excited to come here to South Africa to experience what they have seen at the competitions and they will get to see much more of the diversity and the music that South Africa has to offer," Dannhauer said.

The City of Tshwane is expecting about 25 000 international visitors over the 10-day period of the World Choir Games made up of over 16 500 participants from 58 nations and over 300 choirs.