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World-renowned South African choir to perform in Taiwan

2010/06/29 22:23:00

Taipei, June 29 (CNA) The world's number one folklore choir, Kearsney College Choir of South Africa, is scheduled to perform in Taiwan next month on its "Absolutely African" concert tour, the organizers said Tuesday.

The group of 58 males will present a program comprising musical genres that range from contemporary music, folklore, and religious songs to popular music by The Killer, ABBA, and Queen.

The repertoire will include traditional Zulu songs, an anti-apartheid protest song called Weeping, and a Taiwanese and Japanese song.

"It will be a night of heightened emotions -- the audience is bound to be moved by the choir." said Jeff Chang, director of the Skybridge Folk Arts Troupe, who is organizing the choir's first visit to Taiwan.

The choir is currently in the 17th spot in the Musica Mundi World Rankings and is the leading folklore choir among more than 3,500 such groups around the world.

On its Taiwan tour, the choir will perform in Taichung July 8 and in Taipei July 9.

After its performances in Taiwan, the group is scheduled to go to Japan and then to China to compete in the sixth annual World Choir Games.

In 1999, Kearsney College Choir won first place in the folklore category of the 7th International Musica Mundi Choir Competition in Europe and second place in the mixed choircategory.

In 2006, it won one gold and two silver medals at the World Choir Games in China and bagged three gold and silver medals in the 2008 games in Austria. (By Jenny W. Hsu) enditem /pc