ABC Motsepe Eisteddfod Music Competition
Launched in 2019, Motsepe SASCE competition aims to showcase the creativity, inspiration and artistic talent among South Africans.
The competition is a four-day national choral competition in Johannesburg and has opened many doors for acclaimed international artists such as Pretty Yende, Phumeza Matshikiza, Given Nkosi and Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi.
After hitting the right notes, Yende scaled new heights in opera, collecting a number of international awards including the International Achiever Award for flying the country’s flag globally. These international stars are an inspiration to the youth.
The Motsepe Foundation is proud to contribute to the development of music and unearth talent at schools. This programme resonates with the Foundation’s vision to alleviate poverty and sustainably improve the living standards of the poor, unemployed and marginalised people of South Africa.
Each year the Eisteddfod draws in thousands of learners from across the country, mostly from rural areas, to compete and stand a chance to win prizes designed to improve the school and community at large.
More than 95 secondary schools and 60 primary schools participate in the ABC Motsepe Eisteddfod (with 60 members per choir and a total of over 9 500 participants).
The competition has more than 30 different categories at national level and runs for four days. The first day of the competition is dedicated to primary schools. And the other three days showcase secondary schools that perform various pieces from choir, opera, izitibili and indigenous folklore.
There is something that happens to us when we see our children sing and dance to our traditional music. The way they perform songs in our languages gives us hope that who we are as people will not be lost in the changing world. It gives us pleasure to see such talent in our young people and it encourages us to continue giving towards developing music in schools
Motsepe Foundation founder, Dr Patrice Motsepe