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Sunday, December 16, 2012


Durban was the epicentre for the choral music industry by hosting the inaugural National Choral Music Achievement Awards (NACMA) Awards which took place at the Durban Christian Centre (The Jesus Dome) on December 7.

The NACMA Awards were hosted for the first time in the history of choral music industry. The aim of the awards is to celebrate and recognise the South African competitive talents and artistic expression in the choral music industry.

Choral music role-players and stakeholders converged in Durban from all over the country to attend this historic and auspicious occasion.
Bulelani Koyo from Umhlobo Wenene FM was the winner of the highly contested category for the Best SABC Choral Radio DJ, and his choral music programme on Umhlobo Wenene FM, Ikwayala Eziphambili won the Best SABC Choral Radio Programme category.

The Best Community Radio Station category went to Mdantsane FM. The radio categories were the only categories depending on public vote and the other categories were adjudicated by a panel of judges from the National Choir Festival and SASCE.

KZN winners included the SA Singers (Best Choir Large Section); Simon BP Mnomiya (Best Composer), and Juan Burgers (Best Pianist)

NACMA Awards Co-Founder Gcisa Mdlulwa said the awards are a good platform for the choral music industry to showcase its best talent: “The NACMA Awards are here to celebrate talent and excellence in the choral music of South Africa, and to showcase the rainbow of choral harmonies.”

Mdlulwa also expressed gratitude to the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial for hosting and supporting this initiative and ensuring that it is a great success. She also promised that the awards can only grow from strength to strength and become a symbol of pride for the choral music industry.

This spectacular night of celebration was graced by world-class performances of the Grammy Award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo, multi-award winner Siphokazi, Sifiso Ncwane, Jaziel Brothers and Afrotenors. Also performances by household popular groups including JG Zuma High School Choir, SA Singers and Andiswa Makana..

More information from Gcisa Mdlulwa at NACMA on 083 961 3306.