Edmonton's Scott Leithead (left) and Nelson Nagenda  from Namibia

Edmonton's Scott Leithead (left) and Nelson Nagenda from Namibia

Nelson choral singers learn from African guests

Dozens of Nelson singers turned out for a weekend workshop on African choral music.

Nelson Nagenda from Namibia and Kwena Tloublata from South Africa taught some African songs to about 60 choral singers in Nelson last week.

Nelson Nagenda and Nelsonite Gabriel Macdonald lead the group in a duet performance

 

Tloublata and Nagenda, both prominent in the strong choral traditions of their countries, are currently in Edmonton as guests of the Kokopelli choir, directed by Scott Leithead, who is a close friend of Nelson choral director Allison Girvan.

Kwena Tloublata from South Africa shows the group how to move

 

Girvan advertised an African choral singing weekend singing workshop in Nelson to be lead by Tloubata, Nagenda and Leighead, and 60 people signed up, representing several generations of Nelson singers.