The projecting of musical and extra-musical elements in constructing choral identity with specific reference to three South African regional children’s choirs

Published in: Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa
Volume 13, issue 1-2, 2016 , pages: 1–15
DOI: 10.2989/18121004.2016.1267426
Author(s): Rudi BowerDepartment of Music, South Africa, Jan-Erik SwartGlenwood House School, South Africa


This article explores how three regional children’s choirs and their practitioners, from different provinces of South Africa, project a distinctly South African choral identity that they themselves construct by fabricating a mental representation of themselves, through the identification, organisation and interpretation of particular musical and non-musical elements. It is ultimately argued that each of the three choirs – The Eastern Cape Children’s Choir, Cantare Children’s Choir and the Tygerberg Children’s Choir – projects its own unique choral identity, which is inclusively South African.

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