Attention: News Editors / Journalists / Press Members

Date: 28 October 2021


The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) will host a two-day choral music festival at the East London’s Guild Theatre on the 30th of October.

The 17th Annual O.R Tambo Choral Music Festival which will feature over 40 choirs under this year’s theme, “The Year of Charlotte Maxeke” comes at a time when the department is moving the sector from relief to recovery. The music festival forms part of the department’s plan to develop choral music in the province.

The festival which has been named after the country’s struggle stalwart, Oliver Reginald Tambo is aimed at preserving his legacy. Tambo’s love for choral music is well documented as he was a song writer, a choir conductor and member of the St Peters’ Junior Secondary school choir during his schooling years.

The choirs that will participate include Matthews Singers, Butterworth Services Choir and Eskin Adult Choir. These choirs have lifted the Eastern Cape Choral Music flag high and have won prestigious awards and prizes on National stages.

There will be no ticket sales because of the hybrid nature of the event and the number of attendees will be limited in compliance with the COVID-19 regulations. The event will however be livestreamed on MEC Fezeka Nkomonye and Departmental Facebook page.

The department is driving this festival in partnership with the two Music Associations of the province, namely Guild of Choral Indigenous Music Practitioners in Eastern Cape (GCIMP-EC) and Eastern Cape Choral Music Association (ECCMA).

Members of the media are invited to attend as follows:

Date   : 30 – 31 October 2021                               

Time   : 09h00                                                                     

Venue: Guild Theatre, East London

For RSVP, contact:

Mr Sivuyile Ngaba                                              

Cell: 071 403 5294


For media queries, contact:

Spokesperson to the MEC                        

Ms Busisiwe Jemsana-Mantashe

Cell: 071 688 4204                         



Mr Andile Nduna                             

Cell: 071 411 4820                                     


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