Merafong supergroup on their way to Scotland

Afripella in action during a training session for the Edinburgh Arts Festival.

The group, called Afripella, has risen to this height despite having only come together for the first time in November last year. The group, which was made up after auditions of performers were done throughout the municipal area, had their first major event at the Standard Bank Arena when they had only been in existence for a few weeks.
Since then, they have lived out their motto of being the ‘hardest working group in the West Rand’.
Afripella sang at the official funeral of the late Winnie Mandela. Other events include the J.B. Marks induction workshop in Midrand and the Freedom Day celebrations in Merafong.
Afripella has shared the stage with stars like the Bala Brothers, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, the Soweto String Quartet and Zahara. They also recently recorded a song with the artist Don Dada and have appeared on ANN7 as well as several radio stations. The group is currently preparing to take part in the Edinburgh Arts Festival in Scotland from 26 July to 26 August. This event, which started as far back as 1947, is one of the world’s biggest arts festivals.
The group has made the SAVF’s Legae Home for the Aged their base and practises in one of the centre’s rooms for about five hours each day, sometimes longer.
‘It has been our plan from the start to go abroad. So far, our journey has been fun but draining. The work that we have to put in has given us so much contact with one another that we have grown to become like a big family.
‘Someone might come to practice a bit grumpy or sad from home but, after practising, everyone’s spirit lifts,’ says Sibusiso Nxumalo, the group’s manager and also a member. The group also prides themselves on their Christianity and the spirit of learning among all the members.
The sopranos of Afripella are Sibongile Mtimkulu, Asiphe Muila and Portia Maboe. The altos are Tsholofelo Masilela, Mathabiso Kgadi and Philisiwe Mcwabe. Sibusiso Nxumalo, Mohau Moletsane, Thapelo Mogwase and Mandla Maila make up the tenors while Moeketsi Ngesheni, Dikgale Mokgojwa, Mpho Molobeng and Paseka Mononyane are the basses. The percussionists are Lawrence Bokaba, Mpho Lekgetho, Kgosi Malefo and Tshepo Mogoang. Supporters and fans can like their Facebook page. Watch a video of a part of one of the group’s training sessions on the Carletonville Herald’s website at www.carletonvilleherald.com.

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