Kholwa Brothers Grabs Gold In LA

SA’s isicathamiya group walked away with four gold and two silver medals at the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Los Angeles.

The group from Durban is also bringing home five overall medal trophies.

The group participated in the acapella group and won an award for the six songs performed.

They enact a song called The Mlambo-Ngcuka, a song that hails former United Nations (UN) official Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Other songs enact include Asenze Umehluko, Peace in the World, My Refuge, Ipi Ntombi, and Ushobane.

After winning the awards on Saturday night, group leader Derrick Mlambo said they were really excited.

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Mlambo said that though the competition was tough, they kept focused because isicathamiya music is different.

He also said the group has been practicing and perfecting for three months.

“When we got to that stage, we gave it our all. Winning is an indescribable feeling. We won a medal for each song we performed. The songs were arranged according to different themes divisions under the acapella category.

“We could not believe that we won gold and silver medals. We won trophies as overall winners of each section. As much as the competition itself features the best in the world, we trusted our music and our singing.

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Mlambo also said the medals and awards would definitely transport them internationally, which is something they have yearned for.

“I believe that these medals have opened doors for us to the international arena. Every time we performed and when we got off stage came to us asking for our contacts and showed interest in what we do.

“There is nothing concrete yet, but we have been sharing contacts with different promoters. We are hopeful that when we return home we are going to receive international invites.”

On what the awards mean about isicathamiya music, Mlambo said: “This has proven that isicathamiya is one of our original sounds and we should be proud of it. This shows that the world embraces isicathamiya music.”

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The band is expected to fly back to SA on Wednesday.

Source: Vimbuzz.com

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