For the second time in nine years, the Gaborone Catholic Diocese will host the music festival popularly known as the Inter-diocesan Catholic Church Choirs Music Association (ICCCMA) at the Limkonkwin Hall, Block 7, from December 3 to 4.
In an interview this past Thursday, the Botswana Catholic Church Choirs Association spokesperson, Darky Mogwe, said the Gaborone Diocese last hosted the event in 2007. It has since been hosted by other dioceses in South African provinces.
“ICCMA comprises Francistown Vicariat, Gaborone diocese, covering churches around Gaborone, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Rustenburg, Witbank and Nelspruit. We are also looking forward to competing with Swaziland and a group from Uganda,” explained Mogwe.
He said the participating choirs are those who got positions one to three during the past competitions. As for categories that will compete he said the festival would start with smaller ensembles. These are soloists, quartets, male and female voices as well as sixtacs.
These he said these would be followed by the youth section, then Section C, Standard and Large Choirs. On the first day on Saturday choirs will sing hymn and western pieces, while on the second day it will be African pieces.
“Both days will start with Mass. Then choirs will prepare and ascend stages to compete for among others, voice projection, expression of the songs’ message, confidence in the presentation of the pieces. We hope that our church choirs are going to make it. South African church choirs have the tendency to dominate these competitions,” he said.
Adjudicators for the festival will be from Botswana and South Africa.
He said the festival will be officiated by the Gaborone Diocesan Bishop Valentine Tsamma Seane.