Trans-Kalahari Youth Choir celebrates a decade in entertainment

09 Apr 2016 08:40am
GOBABIS, 09 APR (NAMPA) - One of the Omaheke Region's most prolific choral groups, the Trans-Kalahari Youth Choir, will be celebrating a decade in the industry with a night of song and dance later this month.
The celebration will be held on 23 April 2016 at the Gobabis Women’s Centre.
The choir was founded in April 2006 as a youth group under the then Ministry of Youth and Sport. It adopted the name Omaheke Youth Choir, but was later renamed Trans-Kalahari Youth Choir after the highway that runs through the Omaheke Region.
The choir started with about 20 people and grew to a membership of 35.
Choir conductor, Cyprianus Mogotsi, said the formation of the choir was to give young people a platform to showcase their talents and to give back what they receive from their community.
The group won several awards, including the Omaheke Choir Festival for 2011, 2013, 2014; and the Namibian Youth Choir singing competition in 2012.
It also held shows in Botswana, Angola and Nigeria.
“Our group is unique simply because we compete for ourselves and are hardworking. We are busy working on a DVD series, which will come out very soon. This is part of how we survive in the group, because we only have a few sponsors or when we sell our products (CDs),” he said.
The choir sings in most local indigenous languages, although most of their songs are in Afrikaans, Oshiwambo, Otjiherero, Setswana, Damara and Nama.
Trans-Kalahari is made out of 15 men and 20 women, with the youngest member in the choir being 18 and the oldest 35.
Among their prominent members are Jenifer Magono and Paul Makabyne, who also sing in the University of Namibia (UNAM) Choir. Another member, Dremy Gamros, also sings in the Voices of Namibia Choir.
Mogotsi said the choir always calls for auditions and advertise every year for new members to join, especially those who were in school choirs.
He also wants to see the group expanding in the near future and hopes to take on music education by teaching people how to sing and play various instruments like guitars, drums and piano.
They are yet to decide on when and where they will start the music education.