The limelight beckons for Wisconsin’s University Choir who are preparing to enter a TV reality gospel choral competition. Wizzy’s choir leader Fauster Kromoah-Kwame, who attended the launch of the University Gospel Choir of the Year competition at the Accra World Trade Centre, says the choir is putting in their best effort to prepare.
The University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY-Africa) is open to all universities in Ghana. Ghana was selected to spearhead the maiden edition of the competition, which will be rolled out across other African countries.
The aim of the competition is to engage thousands of students across the continent in an annual inter-varsity choral competition in a bid to develop and showcase musical talent.
Wisconsin choir leader Fauster, a third-year Computer Science and Management student, is optimistic about ‘Wizzy Choir’s’ chances, but says it won’t be a walkover.
He said: “It will be tough. There are some very good universities out there. This will be the biggest competition we have ever entered, but we leave everything in God’s hands. We’re putting in our best effort.”
The ‘Wizzy Choir’, which is the university’s Christian Fellowship Choir, performs at all official school functions, including Graduation and Matriculation ceremonies. They have also performed at events such as the All Africa Gospel Concert and Ghana Fellowship of Evangelical Students (GHAFES) meetings.
Rehearsals are continuing in earnest as ‘Wizzy Choir’ prepares to send in their video entry for the competition. Applications close on November 27th, after which auditions will begin.
The competition is designed as a reality TV show which will be aired on local TV channel, Viasat 1 TV over a period of 4-6 weeks. The footage will show the various processes throughout the competition right from the auditions to the finale, which will be held at the National Theatre, Accra in March 2016.
The program will be hosted by two local celebrities and the choirs will be judged by four high-profile and musically-inclined individuals in Ghana and the diaspora.
UGCY is the brainchild of Ghanaian Lorraine Wright (pictured second right with Fauster, extreme right), who is based in the UK.
The UK version of UGCY has achieved success in the past five years, engaging thousands of students from over 35 UK universities. It has been broadcast on national TV stations such as BBC and ITV. University choirs which have participated in the UGCY competition provide choral backing for shows such as The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
Ghana’s version of UGCY was officially launched at the World Trade Centre, Accra on October 2, 2015.
Details about the competition are available on the UGCY website.