It has been ages since I have been out till 2am on a week night and I will probably feel the effects for the next few days but what a fun night. I went with a friend to see the Wits Choir 50th birthday celebration at the Wits Great Hall. The Wits Choir, although linked to Wits University, is not exclusively for students and welcomes all people from all ages. I have a friend who has been a member for a long time so over the years I have come to know a lot of them personally so the night was one of great song and reunion.
As part of the 50th birthday concert the Wits Choir invited all alumni going back to 1962. Each era presented their memories of the choir at that time. It was interesting to see the transformation in music and choristers through the years. They also had a guest choir performing, the Samro Choir, under the direction of Emeritus Professor Mzilikhazi Khumalo. He is 80 years old but still going strong and a legend in the field of arranging, conducting and composing having composed the first African opera.
The Wits Choir performed a medley of songs from the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s and surprised the audience by performing traditional pop songs such as Someone like you by Adele and Viva la Vida by Coldplay before breaking into their traditional songs singing in the many languages of South Africa and dancing to its rhythms. Like they say, music transcends all boundaries and brings people from different backgrounds together and even if you don’t understand the words, you can feel the spirit of the music and be moved by it.
After the concert there were drinks and snacks before the choir and friends set off to the choir house for a party. I enjoyed the evening tremendously!