Khabo Dhlamini (38) will fly to Barcelona, Spain in October to represent South Africa at the 2022 Choral World Cup, which will feature music ranging from African tunes to jazz and western classical. Dhlamini, alongside the multi-award-winning chamber choir of Joburg Quava Vocal Group, will compete against renowned choirs from around the world in an international competition dubbed “Sing for Gold”.
The Region C Client Relations Officer is excited about the opportunity to represent Johannesburg and SA. Competing in Spain will require Dhlamini to finance itself. Support in any form would be appreciated. You can contact her on 061 139 7625 if you want to help her realize her dream.
The Quava Vocal Group is made up of 34 members between the ages of 23 and 38. Dhlamini co-founded the group in 2008. In 2018, they won two gold medals at the World Choir Games in Pretoria in the jazz contemporary and adult contemporary categories. This paved the way for their next big performance in Spain. Other musical highlights include their collaboration with Durban-based musician Majozi on Voice South Africa‘s live tours in 2019.
Dhlamini’s choir has also performed on Talk Radio 702, and in 2019 performed with a full orchestra at the prestigious RMB Starlight Classics, a local music, song and dance show that features artists from a variety of backgrounds. .
Quava Vocal Group’s motto is “Love God and Excellence”, and their dream is to be recognized worldwide for their excellence.
Dhlamini, a first soprano, grew up in a home where singing was part of their way of life. His brothers sang in choirs and his family loved to sing and worship after their 9 p.m. prayer time. “My dad (Josiah) and mom (Priscilla) sing too. We’ve been singing for years.
Coming from a modest family, Dhlamini’s father taught him and his siblings to never neglect their dreams. He always drove her to choir rehearsals, no matter how far.
She sang in the University of Johannesburg Choir from 2003 to 2006, an opportunity she relished as she always wanted to learn more about music and found choirs to be the best foundation. “You’re never done learning, you’ll always be a student of learning,” she says.
Dhlamini earned a degree in Marketing Communications from Rand Afrikaans University. She joined Joburg Water in 2005 as a cashier. She has been a Client Relations Officer in Region C since 2012.
She sees singing as a form of therapy and worship. “God gave me this talent, and I’m privileged and blessed to share it with people. We may speak different languages, but music reaches us the same way.
She strongly believes that “your heart always shows in your music”.
Dhlamini is inspired by Brenda Mtambo, Sabelo Mthembu, Amanda Black and Lalah Hathaway.
Written by Brümilda Swartbooi