The Covid pandemic may have halted the harmonious melodies of the Rosa choir, but this past weekend marked a resounding comeback at the Novalis Centre in Wynberg. The choir, under the dynamic leadership of the young and award-winning director Monde Mdingi, reclaimed its former glory with a breathtaking concert that left the audience in awe.
The venue was buzzing with excitement as the packed-out audience witnessed the Rosa choir’s revival. Monde Mdingi led the choir with an infectious energy that captivated everyone present. The concert showcased an expanded repertoire and celebrated diversity in both membership and language use, reflecting the choir’s commitment to inclusivity.
What made this performance truly special were the friends of the Rosa choir who graced the stage. Renowned poets Chris Ferndale, Gertrude Fester, and Vusumuzi Mpofu added a poetic touch to the evening, with Vusumuzi also taking on the role of the charismatic MC. The Triple C Ensemble, the Likhwezi Arts Group, Siphosethu Makalima, and Lilitha Kompela, two opera singers, joined forces with the choir, creating a harmonious fusion of voices and genres. The concert was further enriched by the accompaniment of a talented band.
Special mention goes to Rad Sound for providing an exceptional audio experience, ensuring that every note resonated through the venue. Additionally, Double O deserves gratitude for their generous sponsorship and for treating the audience to complimentary drink testers, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to the evening.
The Rosa choir extends heartfelt thanks to everyone who played a part in making this concert a reality, with a special shoutout to the incredible audience whose enthusiasm and support made the event truly memorable. The Novalis Centre echoed with the triumphant return of the Rosa choir, marking a significant musical milestone that will be cherished by all who were fortunate enough to be in attendance.