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October 4, 2006

A cow for Manzini Choir

The Swazi Observer (Swaziland):

Chairman of the Swaziland National Arts and Culture Council Prince Lonkhokhela last Friday donated a cow to Manzini Choir choristers. The donation was made during the choir's 30th anniversary last Friday night at the Royal Swazi Sun Convention Centre.

Speaking on behalf of the Prince was member of parliament Mphiwa Dlamini. Dlamini stated that this was a gift directed to the choir so to show that he was with them as they celebrate their 30 years of singing. "The Prince has stated that he would have loved to attend the event but because of reasons beyond control he could not make it. He has asked me to tell you that he is proud of you," he said.

Prince Lonkokhela went on to ask the choral music choirs to use their mother tongue in most of their songs. "One important aspect is for us to use our language when singing. It is true tin which we have to use other languages but I must say we should make sure that our mother tongue comes first," he said.

He also thanked all choirs who went to sing before His Majesty King Mswati III and Her Majesty the Indlovukazi at Lozitha Royal Palace early this year. "His Majesty was very happy to see the choirs. They were all at their best and he also mentioned that he would support choral music," he said.

The Prince then urged local choirs to be united and work towards lifting the country's flag high. "It is time we choirs start improving choral music in the country. There are a lot of people who are followers of such music. It is for us as choirs to win them. There are a lot of people who are willing to support us thus we should stand together and have one goal. Indeed we will be successful," he said.

I think this is a great idea and will now be paying the staff with chickens!

Posted by acapnews at October 4, 2006 12:09 AM