Soweto’s finest Youth Choir Karabo ya Morena keeps winning

Karabo ya Morena Youth Choir

Karabo Ya Morena was established in June 2020 by a group of friends who came up with an idea to start a new choir.

The founders of Karabo Ya Morena Thapelo Mathole, Lebo Seritsane, Happiness Motsheo, Xoli Mkhanyiswa and Collen Padi were later joined by friends from different choirs.

Singing in his charismatic bass voice cofounder Thapelo Mathole shared more about the choir and his love for music.

“We all met through a church choir and we became friends, although both Collen and Lebo lived in different parts of Soweto, we managed to come together after we left our church choir to start our own thing.”

“Karabo Ya Morena started with a small number of 20 members some left because of personal commitments regardless of the odds of recruiting new members the choir grew in numbers and we have a committed and dedicated team that believes in what we do, hard work pays and we have got exceptional results”, stated Thapelo.

He continued to share more about the impact the choir has made. “As we all celebrate our achievements, I’m not only overwhelmed with joy; I’m celebrating the success of the youth that is part of our choir”.

“These young people come from all sorts of backgrounds growing up in a society that is stereotyped; however we have transformed once distressed teenagers into reliable committed and disciplined young adults”, Thapelo enthuses.

Karabo Ya Morena is well recommended within Soweto. The choir performs at weddings, funerals, and they have been staged in large audiences such as provincial competitions. In October 2021 they participated in a provincial competition at Orlando Communal Hall, Soweto and won 2nd place.

Recently the choir won the 947 Ride Joburg competition sponsored by the SABC and walked away with the grand prize of R25 000.  

Karabo ya Morena has made an impact in the lives of the youth in Soweto. The choir is currently working on recording their own unique music and continue to melt hearts with their performances.

By Thato Mofokeng