MASHONALAND CENTRAL representatives Chipadze High School won the National Association of Secondary Heads choral music competition grand finale held at the Bulawayo Amphitheatre on Friday.
The choir shrugged off stiff competition from 21 polished competitors battling for the trophy at the colourful ceremony.
The choirs clad in African attires, police-force regalia and school uniforms displayed colour, creativity and skill.
The winning choir walked away with $500, a trophy and a certificate for the set piece song Joshua, while the previously undefeated Tsholotsho High School choir came second receiving received $450, a trophy and a certificate.
Mpopoma High School of Bulawayo, St Mary’s (Chitungwiza) and Nyahuni (Mashonaland East), walked away with $400, $350 and $300, respectively for coming up third, fourth and fifth respectively.
For the own-choice song category, Tsholotsho High School came tops, followed by Guinea-Fowl (the Midlands), St Peters Kubatana (Harare), St Mary’s (Chitungwiza) and Mtshabezi High School.
The competition drew contestants from the country’s 10 provinces and was graced by schoolchildren, teachers and school heads.
Mkhosana High School (Matabeleland North) took the title of best dressed choir while the best conductor was from St Peters Kubatana (Harare).
Matabele Land North Provincial administrator Lathiso Dlamini commended the schools for a job well done.
“More songs such as Joshua should be composed for these competitions so that children will not forget their heroes. songs that speak of our great leaders must be composed to honour them,” she said.
“I saw great talent today and encourage schoolchildren to take music seriously as they can make a living out of it.”