Another talented Cape Town kid has sung his way into the Drakensberg Boys Choir School.
Nabu Lunda, 11, from Goodwood has recently been accepted for the 2021 academic year at the prestigious KwaZulu-Natal school after he took part in auditions held by the choir in Cape Town earlier this year.
Nabu’s grandmother Thandi Maqanda, 51, says the family is overjoyed for her grandson, who has a passion for singing gospel music.
“Nabu makes us very proud, I am still emotional, it’s a dream come true for all of us,” she says.
“He’s been watching their (DBCS) performances and other children’s choirs on YouTube even way before he auditioned.
“I’ve been raising him since he was six months old. His single mother is my daughter who stays with her partner and her youngest child away from us.”
Nabu is part of the community choir, Voce Armoniche in Goodwood, where he gets vocal training from music teacher Christine Bam.
“I entered him for the audition and prepared him for it [and] his tests,” says Christine.
He performed Ocean by Hillsong UNITED, which clearly impressed the judges.
“Nabu is highly deserving of this opportunity. What an amazing time in his life,” says his teacher.
“However, as can be understood, the fees aren’t possible for everyone to pay.
“His grandmother is the sole breadwinner in the household, which would make any contribution almost impossible.
“This opportunity will definitely afford Nabu a new lifestyle, with the values his grandparents have already instilled in him, and to further not only his schooling career, but his musical journey to a level that we couldn’t have asked for in any other way.”
The school fees for 2021 work out to around R170 000 which includes tuition and boarding fee.
A deposit of R10 000 was to be paid on 15 November. However, the family was given time until 27 November to pay this
If you would like to help Nabu secure his place at the school, support his BackaBuddy fundraiser campaign on (https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/nabu-lunda) or call Thandi on 079 880 4785.
Earlier this month the Daily Voice told the story of Ethan Palagangwe from Eastridge, the 10-year-old who was also selected to attend DBCS.
To help Ethan, contact his dad Kagisho on 083 583 1345.