The nationwide hunt for talents to compete in the ‘Africa Sing Aloud Choral Music Festival’ has begun at the Cape Coast Centre for National Culture, where representatives for the Central Region will be selected.
Participation in the regional competitions is open to amateur choirs from all the 10 regions of Ghana as well as Tema, which has been categorized as a region for administrative purposes.
Six choirs are competing in the Central regional event. They include the 2012 regional champions, the African Youth Choir, formerly known as the Prophetic Voices Choir; the Oguaa Youth Choir, the Mass Demonstrational Choir, the Ajumako Youth Choir and the Passionate Choir.
The Volta (Ho), Upper East (Bolgatanga) and the Greater Accra (Accra) regions will hold separate competitions on Friday August 30, to select representatives for the national contest.
The Eastern regional event will be held in Koforidua on Saturday, August 31, while the others will be held in the Upper West Region (Wa) – Wednesday, September 4; Northern Region (Tamale) – Friday, September 6; Tema – Friday, September 13; Ashanti Region (Kumasi) – Sunday, September 15; Western Region (Takoradi) – Friday, September 20 and Brong Ahafo Region (Sunyani) on Saturday, September 28.
The minimum age of singers is 14 years and the number of members in a competing choir should not be less than 16 or more than 40. However, choirs in the secular category may present lesser number of members.
The members of the choirs must be amateurs, that is, they must not be earning a living through singing. Each choir shall perform a maximum of four songs including two compulsory tunes.
One group will be selected at each of the 11 regional competitions to be held in all 10 regional capitals as well as in Tema, which means that the Greater Accra Region will have two representatives at the national event.
The regional contests are expected to end in October this year, after which the national event will be held to select the best three groups.
The top three choirs at the national level will represent Ghana at the Africa Sing Aloud Choral Music international festival to be held at the National Theatre in Accra and the Cape Coast Castle from March 29 to 30, 2014.
The best three winners at the regional level will receive GH¢1, 000, GH¢500 and GH¢250 respectively while the national champions and the runners-up take home GH¢3,000, GH¢2,000 and GH¢1,000 respectively.
All three events, (regional, national and international), are being organized by the Ghana Tourism Authority with endorsements from the International Federation of Choral Music and the Global African Foundation for Choral Music.
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