Globe’s choir contest sets pace for Christmas
By Sam Banda Jnr:
Globe Internet Limited is a company that is attached to Information Communication Technology (ICT) services but during this festive season it decided to reach out to the community by organising a Sing a Christmas Carol competition.
The company debuted with the competition last year, receiving an overwhelming response and this year they returned with the second edition.
And the grand finale came at a good time on Christmas Eve as Christians around the world looked ahead to Christmas celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Globe Internet headquarters in Blantyre turned into a heaven of singing with Christmas carols all over.
In fact, passersby were attracted to the beautiful singing of the different Christmas carols of the eight finalists who simply set up a good mood.
The competition saw a dominance of Catholic choirs in terms of participation and at the end of the contest, St Columba CCAP Gospel Choir, came first in the category of acappela with St Paul’s Namame Choir, which is under Limbe Cathedral Parish, scooping position one in the category of instruments.
The two choirs received K100,000 each.
Surprisingly, St Paul’s Namame was the last to perform and some of its members came in late.
Chief judge during the contest, said ahead of the battle that their selection to come up with the winner would be based on among others, message, presentation, dressing, time management and voice clarity.
St Columba CCAP Gospel Choir chairperson, Charles Gondwe, was over the moon with the victory.
“We are very happy to have won and we would like to thank God for the success. We also would like to thank Globe Internet for organising such a competition and we hope they will continue. As choirs, we have also learned a lot from each other,” Gondwe said.
Chairperson of St Paul’s Namame Choir, Isaac Ntchentche, said as singers, this was not a contest but a platform to spread the word of God during this festive season.
“We would like to thank Globe Internet for choosing to sponsor a choir contest. The money we have won will go a long way in assisting us in our singing ministry,” Ntchentche, said.
Globe Internet Head of Sales, Chifundo Kandani, said they were impressed with the participation of choirs.
“Last year, we had a great response in terms of participation and audience and this year its even much better. This competition is all about bringing people together this being the festive season and celebrate with everyone and listen to Christmas carols,” Kandani said.
He said for now the contest only targeted the Southern Region and that they were hoping to extend to other areas.
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