02 May 2016 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 02 MAY (NAMPA) Old Mutual Namibia has launched the first edition of the Old Mutual Gospel Choir Festival which is expected to take place later this year, with an array of church bands from across the country expected to compete.
The gospel competition will provide the different groups with an opportunity to expose their talents to a wider audience.
Speaking at launch of the choir festival in the capital on Friday, Old Mutual Executive for the Retail Mass Market and Lending Nico Hoabeb said he was excited by the launch after many years of waiting.
The idea of having a choir festival in Namibia has been an aspiration of mine for many years and here I stand today, announcing the fruition of this aspiration, said Hoabeb.
He added that the festival was part of many other community involvement projects of Old Mutual which include the Victory Races, Far North Championships and the bursary scheme for students.
Speaking at the same occasion, Bonny Pereko from the Namibia Gospel Music Trust described Namibia as a singing nation, saying the country has enough talent that could only flourish if given adequate support.
Namibia has the skills, we just need the money which is what Old Mutual has provided us with through this festival, said Pereko.
The festival starts off on 21 May 2016 with a choir conductors workshop, followed by regional auditions from 06 August to 02 September.
The main event will take place in Windhoek on 01 October.
The best choir wins N.dollars 50 000; with the second and third-placed choirs receiving N.dollars 25 000 and N.dollars 15 000 respectively.
The participating choirs will come from various churches in Namibia, with each participating church allowed to register a maximum of two choirs.