Wizzy Choir has earned a coveted place at the finals of the maiden edition of the University Gospel Choir of the Year Africa (UGCY Africa) competition after sailing through the boot camp session.
The boot camp session took place on 13th February 2016 at the Trinity Baptist Church in Accra. Judges, including veteran gospel musician Nii Okai, described Wizzy’s vocals as “powerful” and said the choir had a lot of potential.
Judges also praised Music Director Peredesebofa Kubor’s (Pere’s) passionate conducting and added that such passion is what every choir needs.
Pere said: “It’s a shock to be in the finals. We knew we were going to be in the finals by the grace of God, but we didn’t know how we would get there due to lack of instruments and time for rehearsals.
“But it’s an awesome feeling, seeing that all your efforts have brought you this far. It has really boosted our spirits. There is no word to sum up how we feel.
Pere said it will be a “privilege and an opportunity” for the choir to perform live on Viasat and thanked God for the opportunity.
Wizzy took one of 10 slots available in the finals after going head-to-head against more established choirs from the University of Education, Winneba, University of Development Studies, Tamale Campus, University College of Management Studies, University of Ghana and Accra Polytechnic.
Wizzy is now among the finalists who will take to the stage for a chance to win the first-ever UGCY-Africa trophy on 13th March, 2016. The finals will be held at the National Theatre, Accra and will be screened live on Viasat 1 TV.
‘Wizzy Choir’ is Wisconsin’s student-led Christian Fellowship Choir.
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 displays their musical talent.
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 for the competition is available at https://youtu.be/hx8OqnGw6zg
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