Gaborone - Botswana’s KTM Choir has won a gold medal at the just-ended Grand Prix of Nation Gothenburg 2019 and 4th European Choir Games held in Sweden.
The KTM Choir conducted by Luka Disho, pocketed Gold Medals in the C10 (Open Category) and GP10 (Grand Prix of Nations Category) Folklore with Accompaniment.
This means that they currently sit at Number 3 ranking in the Folklore category of the same competition. KTM was presenting works that sell the different cultures in Botswana. All music presented at the competition was composed by the choir members.
The European Choir Games are one of Europe’s largest choir festivals, construed to be an exciting musical championship and extravaganza.
KTM choir did not only represent Botswana but Africa at large. All the music performed at these competitions were composed by the choir members.
Little Petrel Children's Choir from China scooped the first position followed by Sweden’s Adolf Fredriks Gosskör Choir and KTM Choir from Botswana settled for third spot in Category GP10 - Folklore with Accompaniment.
Disho’s choir ensemble managed an impressive 88,50 points within Folklore category, but unfortunately missed an opportunity to qualify to perform at the prestigious INTERKULTUR major events.
Commenting on the choir’s performance, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said; “My heartfelt congratulations KTM Choir for your performance at the European Choir Games at Gothenburg 2019! You went, saw and conquered!”
According to Masisi, the choir’s third place finishes “gets me all teary eyed for it is such a moving demonstration of our capability as a people; our ability to compete against the best in the world, and win. We now have a solid foundation to go back for gold and we will give you lots of support.”
He said throughout the choir’s incredible run, it won the nation’s hearts over and over again. “The First Lady, Neo Jane Masisi, and I have been absolutely enthralled and we just want to say thank you for reaffirming our capabilities as a people, for inspiring many more. Even more, you’ve proven why we must invest more in the arts, and we shall,” said Masisi.
He paid tribute to the choir for redefining the boundaries of the possible, adding that the choir’s founding member; the late Gomolemo Motswaledi, would be proud of its achievements today.
“You flew the blue, black and white flag of our country high and inspired us all. For that, we say thank you and congratulations,” said Masisi.