I was completely shocked by the Suid Afrikaanse Koorraad competitions last weekend.
This Board has stepped up in every aspect and it shows in their growing support base.
Athlone Civic was propvol with supporters on Saturday and Sunday evening.
The quality of the singing has improved.
They have also chosen to stay on the more authentic path of Cape Malay Choir singing. The Nederlandsliedjies are traditional and the moppies are funny!
It is also refreshing to watch a Cape Malay choir competition where the emphasis is not on huge string bands, hired guns and imported opera solo singers. Local is lekker!
The simplicity of the competition is impressive. Tickets are affordable at R30, very little time is wasted on sound and mic checks, and MC Haroon Kenny is very entertaining.
The atmosphere at the SAKR is relaxing. I didn’t notice any bickering and backstabbing among teams.
There is a real sense of just enjoying traditional nagtroep singing. Bravo!
On Saturday night the traditional Nederlandsliedjie of Rio Oranjes was amazing.
No fancy frills and interpretations. Just a voorsinger – the talented Esa Jones – carrying his pak as they “skondeer” their hearts out.
The liedjie voorsinger of Jonge Elsies River, Tauriq Moses, is only 16, but with his true “aard” of liedjie singing, he has a bright future ahead of him.
Nine-year-old Shakir Engelbrecht from the Young Dukes is proof of how much talent we have in our community.
This competition was also the swansong of Ebrahim “Braima” Rodriques from Searidge Sporting Club, who took to the stage for a final time to sing a solo.
He turns 70 this year and first started singing for Angeliere SK over 50 years ago.
On Sunday evening the comic singer of Athlone Royals stole the limelight with his moppie Die Slang.
Manor Homes did well in winning combine and Nederlands.
SAKR chairman Patrick Brink impressed by taking responsibility for Saturday’s late start, announcing if they didn’t start at 6pm the following night, he would let the first 100 mense in for free at the Top 8 on Saturday, 19 March.
They started late again the following day and he announced the first 100 people through the doors at Top 8 would have free entry.
He said: “Nothing is more important than our supporters. We need to treat them with respect.”
The Klopse big bosses should adopt this attitude. Well done, Mr Brink!
The Suid Afrikaanse Koorraad has a ways to go, but they are definitely on the right track.