Winners announced at 2019 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Singers

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On the evening of 17 August 2019, the Linder Auditorium on the WITS Education Campus in Parktown filled with friends, family, supporters and music lovers for the finals of the 2019 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Singers.

The evening began with a performance by Mpho Molikeng, indigenous African music specialist, composer and performer. The events of the competition then began with the finalists in the Western Art Music Category (Classical), and the first contestant Thembinkosi Magagula took to the stage accompanied by Elna van der Merwe on piano.

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Thembinkosi Magagula
SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition 2019 finalist Thembinkosi Magagula accompanied by Elna van der Merwe on piano

Thembinkosi Magagula performed her chosen repertoire as well as the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition commissioned work Qinisani uThando by composer Neo Muyanga. Thembinkosi Magagula’s chosen repertoire was comprised:

  • Johan Frederick Handel – Ah! Spietato (Amadigi di Gaula)
  • Neo Muyanga (with lyrics by Gcina Mhlophe) – Qinisani uThando
  • A. Tippett – How can I cherish my man? (A Child of our Time)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – O zittre nicht (Die Zauberflöte)
SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition 2019 winner Palesa Malieloa accompanied by Elna van der Merwe on piano
SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition 2019 winner Palesa Malieloa accompanied by Elna van der Merwe on piano

Next up in the Western Art Music Category was contestant Palesa Malieloa who opened her impassioned repertoire with the commissioned work by Neo Muyanga. Malieloa’s chosen repertoire for the finals comprised:

  • Neo Muyanga (with lyrics by Gcina Mhlophe) – Qinisani uThando
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Giunse alfin il momento… Deh, vieni, non tardar (Le nozze di Figaro)
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau – Aux langueurs d’Apollon (Platée)
  • Igor Stravinsky – No Word from Tom…I Go to Him (The Rake’s Progress)

After an interval of 20 minutes, the audience wound their way back into the auditorium for the finals in the Jazz Category for performances by Daniëlla Hart and Keorapetse Kolwane, both finalists accompanied by Melvin Peters (piano), Victor Masondo (bass) and Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums).

SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition 2019 finalist Daniëlla Hart
SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition 2019 finalist Daniëlla Hart

The Jazz finals began with Daniëlla Hart performing her chosen repertoire as well as the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition commissioned work How Would You Feel? by Siya Makuzeni. Daniëlla Hart’s finals performance comprised:

  • John Coltrane – Mr P.C.
  • Siya Makuzeni – How Would You Feel?
  • Baden Powell / Vinicius de Moraes – Samba em Preludio
  • Bheki Mseleku – Angola

Next up in the Jazz Category and the final contestant for the evening was Keorapetse Kolwane who delivered a powerful performance of her chosen repertoire which comprised:

SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition 2019 winner Keorapetse Kolwane
SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition 2019 winner Keorapetse Kolwane
  • Oliver Nelson – Stolen Moments
  • Tutu Puoane – Us
  • Dizzy Gillespie (also credited to Frank Paparelli) – Night In Tunisia
  • Siya Makuzeni – How Would You Feel?

After a performance of Good Times by former SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition winner Prince Bulo, who took the opportunity to announce that going forth he was also offering a prize of R15000 to winners in the Composers Competition. After a few short speeches by Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Buti Manamela and Deputy Chair of SAMRO Foundation Nomfundo Xaluva the winners were announced.

The winners in the 2019 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Singers:

SAMRO / De Waal Study Award (Jazz Category Award) – R15,000 :

  • Tshepo Tshabalala
  • Daniëlla Hart

SAMRO NOASA Vocal Study Award (Western Art Music Category Award) – R20,000 :

  • Thembinkosi Magagula
  • Palesa Malieloa

SAMRO OPSA Vocal Study Award (Western Art Music Category Award) – R8,500:

  • Makudupanyane Senaoana
  • Goitsemang Lehobye

SAMRO / Doreen Nteta Indigenous African Music (IAM) Award – R45,000:

  • Liso Gcwabe (Jazz)
  • Goitsemang Lehobye (Western Art Music)

2019 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition Merit Award – R10,000:

  • Nkululeko Masuku (Western Art Music)
  • Jodi Fredericks (Jazz)

2019 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition Runners-Up – R70,000:

  • Thembinkosi Magagula (Western Art Music)
  • Daniëlla Hart (Jazz)

2019 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition Winner – R200,000:

  • Palesa Malieloa (Western Art Music)
  • Keorapetse Kolwane (Jazz)

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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