Former Minister of Education, Dr Gaositwe Chiepe has praised Gaborone Youth Singers (GYS) for being true ambassadors of choral music.
Dr Chiepe was speaking at GYS night with stakeholders at the Little Theater in Gaborone last week.
The former minister showered the singers with accolades for taking choral music to greater heights, as they have performed exceptionally well in other countries.
She also gave them a word of advice that they should put more effort in perfecting their art and emphasised the need for the singers to be more creative and edgy in order to keep the crowd captivated.
“GYS is a group of young and vibrant singers who through, their love for music, they are determined to share the joy they find in their music genre with the rest of the world. Their sound has a rich mesmerizing opera tone that sends one to wonderland; a range so amazing you would imagine a choir of clones of world renowned opera singers the likes of Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Tatyana Troyanos (Mezzo – soprano) Luciano Pavaroƫ (Tenor) Leo Nucci and Tom Krause (baritone),” reads a communiqué from GYS.
The group’s objectives of this choir inceptor were primarily precipitated by the lack of undeveloped arts and cultural sector, together with the development and unfolding of profound talent in our youth.
The choir is commonly known for classical music and African traditional music.
The winners of the 2014 annual President’s competition haves also participated in the Pan African Festival held in Congo Brazzaville in 2001.
This festival takes place every two years where each African country sends a youth group to showcase its culture.
In 2001, the choir took part in the SADC anthem Competition in which choral choirs in SADC countries had to compose and record a music piece about SADC.
In collaboration with the Botswana Defense Force (BDF) Band, they scooped position one (1).