Wisconsin University’s choir is through to the boot camp stage of the University Gospel Choir of the Year Africa (UGCY Africa) competition. The boot camp sessions kick off on 13th February 2016 at the Trinity Baptist Church in Accra. The choral contest will be aired as a reality show on Viasat 1 TV.

Wizzy Choir submitted their recorded video entry for the UGCY Africa competition in November 2015. They are now through to the next round.

Former choir leader Fauster Kromoah-Kwame says the news is “fantastic”. “We prepared and recorded our entry just before exams, so it was a really stressful time for all of us. We’re really proud to have made it, and we thank the Almighty God for seeing us through.”

Fauster says the choir is looking forward to massive support from the University as well as fellow students as they enter the boot camp stage in February and hopefully, beyond. 

Commenting on their entry, UGCY founder Lorraine Wright said: “Judges thought you were iree (cool) and had lots of energy”. She noted some areas for improvement, but said they wanted to see how Wizzy Choir would improve at boot camp.

‘Wizzy Choir’, which is Wisconsin’s student-led Christian Fellowship Choir, performs at official school functions, including Graduation and Matriculation ceremonies.

The University Gospel Choir of the Year Africa competition (UGCY Africa) is open to all universities in Ghana. Ghana was selected for the maiden edition of the competition, which will be rolled out across other African countries. 

The competition’s aim is to engage students across the continent in an annual inter-varsity choral contest that develops and showcases their musical talent.

The competition will be aired on Ghanaian TV channel, Viasat 1 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.

 

Local celebrities will host the program and high profile individuals, including Ghanaian gospel legends Nii Okai and Noble Nketsiah, and former MUSIGA president Mrs Diana Hopeson will judge the choirs.

The UK version of UGCY has achieved great success over the past five years and has been broadcast on national TV stations such as BBC and ITV. 

University choirs that have participated in the UK version of the UGCY competition provide choral backing for shows such as The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

‘Wizzy Choir’s’ video entry is available at https://youtu.be/hx8OqnGw6zg