This year the Grahamstown Kwantu Choir comes to Spiritfest, bringing a concert to the Cathedral with voices from across Grahamstown in seven different languages along with a brilliant repertoire.
The inspiration for the Kwantu choir comes from Kutlwano Tshekiso Setchaba Kepadisa, who wanted to start a community choir with voices across ages and from all walks of life. The Kwantu choir is made up of students from Rhodes University, Victoria Girls High School, and Graeme College, along with members of the Joza and Makhanda community.
The Kwantu Choir is hoping to take part in the 10th World Choir Games, which will be held for the first time ever in South Africa, in Pretoria in July. If all goes according to plan, the choir will take part in the Mixed Choir, and Folklore a Cappella categories. They will step onto the stage to take part in the qualifying rounds, with the hopes of making it to the Champions competition. Despite being a new choir, the Kwantu Choir intends to compete against some well-experienced choirs. The choir is in need of sponsors and will welcome any donations, all proceeds will assist with the accommodation and transportation costs associated with traveling to the World Choir Games.
The choir conductor Kepadisa has always had a great love for music. Having started his music career singing for the Saint Stithian’s Boys College Choir and the Duke of Cornwall Singers – the school’s acclaimed vocal group – since Grade 8, he came to Rhodes and become a member of the Rhodes Chamber Choir (RUCC), as well as singing in the Cathedral Choir. It was during his time singing with the RUCC that Dr. Andrew-John Bethke began to mentor and teach Kepadisa. More recently he became the choral conductor for the Cathedral Choir and founded the Kwantu Choir. It is safe to say that music has been very present in Kapadia’s life.
This year at Spiritfest the Kwantu Choir will sing songs from Jake Runestad to Sergei Rachmaninoff and Felix Mendelssohn in English, Russian, German, Latin, isiXhosa, isiZulu, and Setswana. It surely will be a vocal ensemble you don’t want to miss.
Be sure to catch the Grahamstown Kwantu Choir’s concert on Saturday the 30th of June 2018, from 13:00 -14:00 in the Cathedral.
For more about Spiritfest see http://www.grahamstowncathedral.org/spiritfest
By Samantha Carolus