When it was first announced that Clash of the Choirs would be hitting our shores, many were skeptical about its success. Some people even wrote it off. The producers must have anticipated this and found clever ways to lure people in. These crafty ways in my view are the choice of both the 7 choir masters as well as the host of the show.
Bonang Matheba is now known for turning everything she touches to gold. People will watch a show merely because she is on it. The choice of the choir masters was also quite impressive as it went across the board bringing in an array of viewers. In case you didn’t watch the show, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuze, Judith Sephuma, Zwai Bala, Thembi Seete, Winnie Khumalo, Zakes Bantwini and Khaya Mthethwa were the ones chosen to not only lead a choir, but to first assemble one from the streets of the provinces they each represented.
The finale had many glued to their screens to see whether the choir they voted for was the one to win some money both for themselves as well as their chosen Charity. It was a live finale that I think must have had Team Zakes, Team Zwai and Team Khaya very nervous. Though the voting lines were already closed on the day of the finale, they all gave superb performances. It was really difficult to say who would win it. An element I loved on the night was each choir singing their choir masters hit song, with the choir masters allowed to sing with their choirs.
The judges were very happy to not have to be the ones to decide the fate of the choirs. Rebecca Malope, Lindelani Mkhize and Anele Mdoda had a tough time throughout the first season of the show deciding which choir would go home. They did well in helping come down to the final 3. Apparently the three choirs will be doing something together soon with the assistance of their choir masters. We wait to see what greatness will come from it.
After a night of great entertainment and some tears from the magnificence of the choirs as well as a perfomances by the choir masters together with Liquedeep, Teargas, and Moneoa, it was time to announce the winner.
Social media immediately went abuzz with comments with the majority agreeing that his choir deserved it. Some comments were made about him now being the king of reality shows and he cleared this up at the press conference saying that he won Idols, but the Clash Of The Choirs win was not his, but that of his choir. They have chosen “Siyanakekela – We Care” which is a home in the township of Umlazi and the win means the home now has R250 000 to make a difference in the community. The choir received R500 000 for themselves and one of the choir members, Ndu Shezi, excitedly expressed how she would be using her share to pay for her university fees.
I asked Khaya how he came about to accept being the choir master when the show is such a new concept in South Africa. He explained that the opportunity came about just after Idols had ended and though he was a bit skeptical, especially after hearing that the likes of Zwai were involved and him thinking he would just end up getting thrashed; the guys told him it’s a great opportunity and that he should just go for it. He says, “Look at us now; I am glad we went for it.”
The show would not have been had it not been through Mzansi Magic’s Yolisa Phahle, Endemol MD, Siven Pillay and the music man himself, RJ Benjamin who assisted all the choirs throughout the season. The main sponsor was Metropolitan and their representative Belinda handed the team their cheques as well as a beautiful trophy while thanking them for their great work.
We congratulate Team Khaya for winning, they deserve it.
Clash of the Choirs proved to be worth the watch, so we cannot wait to see the second season.
By: Bongi Nkabinde @Bongi_SA