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The Nelson Mandela University Choir with 24 members is presenting its first live, full-length concert to close the academic year on Friday, 28 October in the South Campus Auditorium.
The choir focussed solely on digital performances during the pandemic. 
The varied programme includes international works rooted in jazz and contemporary music genres, tributes to iconic South African artists, and a selection of traditional South African music. 
The concert forms part of the Univeristy's five-year celebrations, but also serves to close the academic year in an uplifting manner, through song. 
In addition to contemporary sacred works by Karl Jenkins (UK) and Bob Chilcott (UK), the choir will perform a selection of traditional American spirituals, gospel and soul including music by Kirk Franklin and Curtis Mayfield. 
The majority of the programme is dedicated to South African musical icons such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Johnny Clegg, Amanda Black and Vusi Nova. The choir will also perform vibrant traditional songs (istibili) celebrating the rich musical heritage of the region. 
This year, the choir appeared at various University functions (Autumn graduation; Naming and Renaming Launch; Govan Mbeki Inaugural lecture) and did a few pop-up performances in Kariega and Gqeberha to connect with the public. 
They also did a choral collaboration with Muir College for the school's 200-Year Celebrations and appeared at the Herald Citizens of the Year Awards gala. 
The choir, along with the George Campus choir and the Rhodes University Chamber Choir, pre-recorded a concert to be broadcast online later this year. 
This concert will be the choir's first fully live concert showcasing the scope of their work. 
Tickets cost R80 (adults) and R50 (pensioners and scholars). Mandela Uni students attend free upon presentation of their student card. 
Tickets will be sold at the door from 18:00 and pre-concert refreshments will be on sale in the foyer. The concert starts at 19:00. 
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