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HARMONIC SOUNDS: A cappella group, Grateful Mission, who are all Ikhala Tvet students, sang at the open market day at Mans Buy and Braai on Saturday. They are, from left, back, Phatiswa Makwethu, Zanele Plaatjie, Philiswa Makwethu, Nqaba Hlahlana, Sandisiwe Mngcunyeni and Lelona Ngcoza. In front, from left, are Ziphozihle Lawuti, Sivatho Mtala, Luthando Mvimbi and Sive Mhaga Picture: ZOLILE MENZELWA

A NEW local a cappella group made up of 10 students from Ikhala Technical, Vocational Education and Training College’s Queen Nonesi campus, is making waves on the local music scene.

The group, Grateful Mission, performed at the Get It Done open market day at Mans Buy and Braai on Saturday.

Following their performance, the group received praise from hip hop artist Ifani.

Ifani, a judge in the Clash of the Choirs competition, said he should coach an Eastern Cape choir in the next round of the competition.

The group’s powerful performance led to the audience calling for more.

Speaking to The Rep shortly after their performance, group leader Luthando Mvimbi, who is also passionate about dancing, said the group met at college about a month ago and decided to take a chance with something they all loved.

“We have started writing songs and are working towards releasing an album,” Mvimbi said.

“We have finished one song so far. We do not have resources and would like help to advance our dreams of becoming musicians of note.”

The group currently performs at weddings and traditional and church ceremonies.

A lecturer at the college who has since taken the group under her wing, Nontuthuzelo Gatyeni, said she “fell in love” with the students’ singing.

“ I try to support them any way I can.

“Can you imagine, at a time when the youth is busy with drugs and alcohol that you have such talented children using their talents?”

For bookings, the group can be reached via whatsapp on 073-829- 4022 or Gatyeni can be reached on 073-464 8177 or on social network Facebook: GM Acappella Group.

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