Chitungwiza Harmony Singers’ tour of the United States hangs in the balance as the group is failing to raise airfares.
By Jairos Saunyama
The 65-member group is scheduled to take part in the International Choral Festival in Missoula, Montana that is starting on July 15.
Initially, the group had been promised sponsorship by an undisclosed embassy but the consulate later pulled out of the deal.
Sheila Kahuni, the group’s manager, told Standardlife and style the choir was in a quandary.
“We were scheduled to depart on Monday [tomorrow] but now we are stuck,” she said.
“We raised money for visas and other logistics but the embassy which had promised to pay for air tickets pulled out.”
Kahuni said they had approached more than 160 companies without any luck.
“If we get the funds anytime this week, we will go and since the festival is starting on July 15, there is still a chance for us to go and participate,” she said.
Choir director Arnold Dzangare said the group, which in May this year held a fundraising concert in Bulawayo, still needed US$60 000 for the trip.
Chitungwiza Harmony Singers was formed in 1993 and since then have become one of the best acappella ensembles in the country.
For several years, they have competed in the Old Mutual Regional Choir Championships in South Africa.
They have impressed in various competitions, scooping several awards along the way, resulting in them being invited to perform at various functions by different organisations.