NELSON Mandela Bay choir music lovers are expected to go and "appreciate music in its rawness" when the Opera House hosts the Izitibili choir competition on Sunday for the first time.
Izitibili are traditional, gospel and struggle songs performed by a number of individuals.
The competition is hosted by the Opera House in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Metro Choral Association (NMMCA), the Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Department, and Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism.
Twelve local choir groups consisting of 60 choristers each will go up against each other.
Prizes of R7000, R5000 and R3000 will be awarded for first to third place respectively, while the remaining nine groups will receive R1000 each.
NMMCA chairwoman Nodoli Rala said: "There are people who do not like Western music. So now we want to bring back that audience by bringing back choral music in the Bay."
Opera House general manager Monde Ngonyama said: "I introduced Izitibili because we focused on the standardised Western form of music and ended up forgetting about our older composers."
Ngonyama said people should expect to "appreciate music in its rawness" at the competition. - Unathi Jongihlathi